release - 1977
album art - Kosh / Ria Lewerke
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an British rock group from Birmingham, England. They were formed to accommodate Roy Wood's and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.
From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated twenty Top 20 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. ELO collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA and 38 BPI awards and sold over 50 million records worldwide during the group's original 13-year period of active recording and touring. In 2012, Lynne reformed the band under the moniker Jeff Lynne's ELO.