Jeffery Lynne, also known as Otis Wilbury or Clayton Wilbury, was born on 30 December 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham, England. He is a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. Jeff Lynne co-founded the Rock Band Electric Light Orchestra, however after a couple of years took over the leadership, writing, arranging, and producing almost record. Although, until 1988 he co-founded the Supergroup Travelling Wilburys under the pseudonyms Clayton Wilbury and Otis Wilbury together with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison.
After Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) Rock Band was disbanded in 1986, Jeff Lynne continued to release two studio solo albums, ‘Armchair Theatre’ and ‘Long Wave’ in 1990 and 2012 respectively. He also helped in producing for other artists such as collaborations with the ex-Beatles that saw him co-produce with them in their mid-1990s reunion singles including ‘Free as a Bird’ in 1995 and ‘Real Love’ in 1996. However, Jeff Lynne reestablished the Electric Light Orchestra in 2014 from which he has resumed his concert tours, and later that year he won a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars. Furthermore, in 2015 he won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and consequently, in 2017 he got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a serving member of the Electric Light Orchestra.
Jeff Lynne plays several instruments including guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, and cello, and has been active in his musical career since 1963 to present. The recording labels he has worked with include United Artists, Harvest, Jet, Sony BGM, Epic, Frontiers, and Reprise. However, he produced only two solo albums, ‘Armchair Theater’ and ‘Long Wave. He has also produced a total of 18 other albums through collaborations including the album, ‘The Idle Race’ in 1969, ‘On The Third Day’ in 1973, ‘Out of the Blue’ in 1977, ‘Secret Messages’ in 1983, ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ in 2012, and ‘Alone in the Universe’ in 2015.
He has been married twice, first to Rosemary Adams in 1972 and later divorced in 1977 to marry Sandi Kapelson in 1979. He went to Alderlea Boys’ Secondary where he grew up in Shard End, Birmingham. He poses with a flat Brummie accent because of his native Birmingham home. His father bought him his first £2 acoustic guitar, an acoustic instrument that he played until 2012. Back then in 1963, he had formed a group with both David Walsh and Robert Reader using only Spanish guitars in addition to cheap electrical instruments. They called this group the Rockin’ Hellcats, then consequently to the Handicaps, and ultimately the Andicaps.
They used to perform weekly while practicing at the Shard End Community Center, and by 1964 both David Walsh and Robert had left the band that Jeff Lynne later replaced the two with Mick Adkins of a local band, ‘The Chads’. He acquired his first studio recording equipment in 1965 that was a Bang & Olufsen De Luxe Stereo, which he always confine that taught him his producing skills.