ELO (the brainchild of Roy Wood) was formed to accommodate Roy’s burning desire to create pop songs with heavily classical overtones. The band’s direction for most of their existence was by Jeff Lynne who, after the band’s debut record, wrote all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album.
Here they are with Evil Woman:
The group also scored twenty Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as fifteen Top 20 appearances in the US Billboard charts. The band also hold the record for having the most Billboard Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having a #1 single.
Here are the band members (past and present)
* Roy Wood – vocals, cello, bass guitar, guitar, woodwind
* Jeff Lynne – vocals, lead guitar, piano, bass guitar
* Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
* Wilfred Gibson – violin
* Richard Tandy – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
* Mike Edwards – cello
* Bill Hunt – keyboards, French horn
* Hugh McDowell – cello
* Andy Craig – cello
* Trevor Smith – (occasional cello)
In 1980, Jeff Lynne was asked to write for the soundtrack of the musical film Xanadu, with the other half written by John Farrar and performed by the film’s star Olivia Newton-John. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. The album spawned hit singles from both Newton-John (“Magic,” #1 in the United States, and “Suddenly” with Cliff Richard) and ELO (“I’m Alive,” which went gold, “All Over The World” and “Don’t Walk Away”). Xanadu, performed by both Newton-John and ELO, is ELO’s only song to top the singles chart in the UK.