The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was established as an English rock band in Birmingham in 1970, and the band was formed more like an experiment by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood. Their main inspiration was to pick up from where the Beatles had left, and their first music was distinguished by a fusion of classical arrangements, Beatlesque pop and futuristic iconography. Roy Wood left the band in 1972, and Jeff Lynne took over as the leader, writing, arranging, and producing all the band’s original materials. However, the main desire of Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood to form the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was the creation of modern rock and pop songs having classical overtones.
Throughout the band’s life, it has been active between 1970 and 1986, 2000 and 2001, as well as 2012 to the present day. During the period between the 1970s and 1980s, the band released approximately top 10 albums and singles in addition to two LPs that were placed at the top of British charts. These LPs were the disco enthused ‘Discovery’ in 1979 and science fiction based theme and concept ‘Time’ in 1981. However, for some reason Jeff Lynne lost some motivation in the band and hence ceased its operations, Bevan, on the other hand, responded by establishing his own band, ELO Part II, which he later renamed Orchestra. The band then later revived in a short-lived reunion between 2000 and 2001 from which it purely remained inactive for the next thirty years.
Jeff Lynne later reformed the band in 2014 by resuming concert touring, as well as new recordings. The ELO band sold more than 50 million albums in the thirteen original years of inactivity internationally achieving 19 CRIA, 38 BPI, and 21 RIAA awards. Continuing through to the mid-1970s, the band realized more success in the US where they were commonly referred to as the English guys with big fiddles. The success of the band continued into the period between 1972 and 1986 when they bagged 20 Top 20 songs on the UK Singles Chart together with 15 top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100.
When the band emerged, they were mainly criticized by musical cognoscenti as highly influenced by the Beatles legacy. When Jeff Lynne revived the band in 2014 under the name Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the band arguably had the largest amount of ELO DNA that was considered to be entirely outside the realms of the rock genre. The band’s discography includes the Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, ELO 2 in 1973, On The Third Day in 1973, Eldorado in 1974, Face The Music in 1975, A New World Record in 1976, Out Of The Blue in 1977, Discovery in 1979, Time in 1981, Secret Messages in 1983, Balance of Power in 1986, Zoom in 2001, and Alone In The Universe in 2015. Furthermore, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) rock band has had associated acts with the Move, ELO Part II, The Orchestra, The Idle Race, and Olivia Newton-John.