Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), from Birmingham, England, was a successful rock music group of the 1970s and 1980s.
The band, formed by Jeff Lynne (of The Idle Race) with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan (the remaining members of The Move) in 1970, used cellos and violins to give their music a "classical" sound. Roy Wood left ELO shortly after the release of their eponymous first album in 1971 (which produced the UK hit "10538 Overture") and Jeff Lynne stepped up to lead the band. In the USA, this album was released with the mistaken title of No Answer, due to a mix-up with an uncompleted telephone call to the American label and subsequent secretarial message. 1
The band went through a line-up change (as Wood took some musicians with him to form Wizzard), including a new keyboardist, Richard Tandy, and released Electric Light Orchestra II in 1973, from which came their first U.S. chart hit, a hugely elaborate cover of the Chuck Berry classic "Roll Over Beethoven". They also released On T...
Background group or band
Origin Birmingham, England
Genre Rock (music) Years active 1970 - 1986, 2001
Associated acts The Move
Original members Jeff Lynne
Richard Tandy/>Bev Bevan
Michael De Albuquerque