Thursday, August 6, 2009

Can't Get It Out Of My Head

They may not fall precisely into the category of "classic rock" but "the English guys with the big fiddles" amassed 27 Top 40 singles in Britain and the United States during their 14 years of popularity. The Electric Light Orchestra was the brainchild of former Move member Roy Wood and his pal Jeff Lynne and when they burst upon the scene in 1970 no one had ever seen anything quite like them before - an "electric" rock and roll band with a "light orchestra".

Wood departed the band after ELO's first album, leaving musical wunderkind Lynne as the driving creative force over the remainder of the band's successful career. In later years Lynne would go on to produce other artists apart from ELO such as George Harrison as well as the Travelling Wilburys who, after two amazing albums came to an abrupt end with the death of Roy Orbison.

ELO's fourth album, Eldorado - A Symphony, really put the group on the map and the first single from the album, Can't Get It Out Of My Head, gave the group it's first top 10 hit in the States. Here's a performance from a 70s Australian TV show. Note Jeff's 70s hair...

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