Did you know this about The Electric Light Orchestra?

Posted on 2022-06-23.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

1. The self-titled first album by the English rock band, The Electric Light Orchestra, debuted in the United States 50 years ago (March 1972).

2. ELO’s first album is focused on the core trio of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, who were the remaining members of rock group The Move.

3. In the United States, the album was released in March 1972 as No Answer.

4. “Mr. Radio” was intended to be the second single from the album, but was subsequently withdrawn. The edited single version made its first appearance on the 2005 compilation album Harvest Showdown instead.

5. The Move’s final album, Message From The Country, was recorded simultaneously with this album.

6. The original LP was mixed in Quadraphonic sound but was only released in this format in South America.

7. The original album art was designed by Hipgnosis; the photographs of the band on the back of the album cover, dressed in 17th-century period costume, were taken at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, adding to the Baroque flavour and emphasis on Stuart Britain found on the record.

8. ELO was formed out of Lynne’s and Wood’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones.

99. During ELO’s original 13-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide

10. ELO’s debut concert took place on 16 April 1972 at the Greyhound Pub in Croydon, Surrey UK.

11. For the band’s fourth album, Eldorado, a concept album about a daydreamer, Lynne stopped multi-tracking strings and hired Louis Clark as string arranger with an orchestra and choir. The first single off the album, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, became their first US top 10 hit, and Eldorado, A Symphony became ELO’s first gold album.

12. During an Australian tour in early 1978, Electric Light Orchestra were presented with 9 platinum awards for the albums Out of the Blue and New World Record.

13. Face the Music was released in 1975, producing the hit singles “Evil Woman”, their third UK top 10, and “Strange Magic.”

14. Their sixth album, the platinum selling A New World Record, became their first UK top 10 album when it was released in 1976. It contained the hit singles “Livin’ Thing”, “Telephone Line”, “Rockaria!” and “Do Ya”, the last a re-recording of a Move song recorded for that group’s final single.

15. The band toured in the US only from September 1976 to April 1977 with a break in December, then an American Music Awards show appearance on January 31, 1977, plus a one-off gig in San Diego in August 1977.

16. Casey Kasem said that the Electric Light Orchestra is the “World’s first touring rock ‘n’ roll chamber group” before he played “Livin’ Thing” at #28.

17. By the end of 1979, ELO had reached the peak of their stardom, selling millions of albums and singles, and even inspiring a parody/tribute song on the Randy Newman album Born Again, titled “The Story of a Rock and Roll Band”.

18. During 1979, Jeff Lynne also turned down an invitation for ELO to headline the August 1979 Knebworth Festival concerts. That allowed Led Zeppelin the chance to headline instead.