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Jeff Lynne

Jeffrey Lynne OBE (born 30 December 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The group formed in 1970 as an offshoot of the Move, of which Lynne was also a member. Following the departure of Roy Wood in 1972, Lynne assumed sole leadership of the band and wrote, arranged, and produced virtually all of its subsequent records. Previously, Lynne had been involved with the Idle Race as a founding member and principal songwriter.

After ELO's original disbandment in 1986, Lynne released two solo albums: Armchair Theatre (1990) and Long Wave (2012). Additionally, he began producing various artists. In 1988, under the pseudonyms Otis Wilbury and Clayton Wilbury, he co-founded the supergroup Traveling Willburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. Lynne's songwriting and production collaborations with former Beatles led him to co-produce their Anthology reunion singles from John Lennon demos "Free as a Bird" (1995), "Real Love" (1996), and "Now and Then" (2023). In 2014, Lynne reformed ELO and resumed concert touring under the name "Jeff Lynne's ELO".

Lynne produced all fifteen ELO singles that rose to the Top 10 record charts in the UK. His producing credits also include the UK or US Top 10 albums Cloud Nine (Harrison, 1987), Mystery Girl (Orbison, 1989), Full Moon Fever (Petty, 1989), Into the Great Wide Open (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1991), Flaming Pie (Paul McCartney, 1997), and Get Up! (Bryan Adams, 2015). In 2014, Lynne received a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year. He received three Ivor Novello Awards, including the award for Outstanding Services to British Music. In 2017, Lynne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ELO, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.

Discography[]

With Electric Light Orchestra[]

  • The Electric Light Orchestra (1971)
  • ELO 2 (1973)
  • On the Third Day (1973)
  • Eldorado (1974)
  • Face the Music (1975)
  • A New World Record (1976)
  • Out of the Blue (1977)
  • Discovery (1979)
  • Xanadu (1980) (with Olivia Newton-John) (soundtrack album)
  • Time (1981) (credited as ELO)
  • Secret Messages (1983)
  • Balance of Power (1986)
  • Zoom (2001)
  • Alone in the Universe (2015) (credited as Jeff Lynne's ELO)
  • From Out of Nowhere (2019) (credited as Jeff Lynne's ELO)

Solo albums[]

  • Armchair Theatre (1990)
  • Long Wave (2012)

Beatles-Related Production Work[]

Jeff Lynne with the Beatles 1990s

Jeff Lynne with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the 90s.

With The Beatles

With George Harrison:

With Harrison and the Traveling Willburys:

  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 2 (1990)

With Ringo Starr:

With Paul McCartney:

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