53 Facts About Jeff Lynne


Jeffrey Lynne was born on 30 December 1947 and is an English singer, musician, songwriter and record producer.

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Jeff Lynne is best known as the co-founder of the rock band Electric Light Orchestra, which was formed in 1970.

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Jeff Lynne began his music career in 1963 as a member of the Andicaps, leaving the group a year later to join the Chads.

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From 1966 to 1970, Jeff Lynne was a founding member and principal songwriter for the Idle Race, a group which featured Roy Wood.

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In 1970, Jeff Lynne accepted Wood's offer to join the Move, with Jeff Lynne contributing heavily to the band's last two albums.

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Jeff Lynne produced all fifteen ELO singles that rose to the Top 10 record charts in the UK.

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In 2014, Jeff Lynne received a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year.

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Jeff Lynne received three Ivor Novello Awards, including the award for Outstanding Services to British Music.

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In 2017, Jeff Lynne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ELO, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Birthday Honours.

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Jeff Lynne was born in Erdington, Birmingham, to Nancy and Philip Jeff Lynne and grew up in Shard End, Birmingham, England, where he attended Alderlea Boys' Secondary School.

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Jeff Lynne's father bought him his first guitar, an acoustic instrument, for £2.

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In 1966, Jeff Lynne joined the line-up of the Nightriders as guitarist, having responded to an advertisement in the Birmingham Evening Mail.

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In 1970, Jeff Lynne accepted an offer from friend Roy Wood to join the line-up of the more successful band the Move.

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Jeff Lynne contributed many songs to the Move's last two albums while formulating, with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan, a band built around a fusion of rock and classical music – a project which would eventually become the Electric Light Orchestra .

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Jeff Lynne has often stated that he prefers the creative environment of the studio to the rigours and tedium of touring.

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Jeff Lynne followed up the success of Out of the Blue with Discovery, which held No 1 in the UK for 5 weeks.

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In 1979, Jeff Lynne rejected an offer for ELO to headline the Knebworth Concert in the UK, allowing Led Zeppelin to headline instead.

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Nevertheless, Jeff Lynne was not closely involved with the development of the film, and his material consequently had only superficial attachment to the plot.

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Jeff Lynne took the band in a somewhat different direction with the science-fiction themed album Time, reaching number one for two weeks in the UK, producing the second Top 3 single in less than two years.

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Jeff Lynne discusses the contractually-obligated nature of the final albums on the short interview included with the 'Zoom' DVD.

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In 1976, Jeff Lynne covered the Beatles songs "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Nowhere Man" for All This and World War II.

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Jeff Lynne wrote the song "The Story of Me, " which was recorded by the Everly Brothers on their comeback album EB84.

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Jeff Lynne produced and wrote the 1983 top-40 hit "Slipping Away" for Dave Edmunds and played on sessions for Edmunds's album, Information.

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Jeff Lynne produced six tracks on Edmunds's follow-up album in 1984, Riff Raff.

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In 1988, Jeff Lynne worked on Orbison's album Mystery Girl, co-writing and producing Orbison's last major hit, "You Got It", plus two other tracks on that album.

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Jeff Lynne co-wrote and produced the track "Let It Shine" for Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson's first solo album in 1988.

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Jeff Lynne contributed three tracks to an album by Duane Eddy and "Falling in Love" on Land of Dreams for Randy Newman.

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In 1990, Jeff Lynne collaborated on the Wilburys' follow up Traveling Wilburys Vol.

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Jeff Lynne provided the song "Wild Times" to the motion picture soundtrack Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991.

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In 1991, Jeff Lynne returned to the studio with Petty, co-writing and producing the album Into the Great Wide Open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which featured the singles "Learning to Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open".

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In February 1994, Jeff Lynne worked with the three surviving Beatles on the Anthology album series.

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At Harrison's request, Jeff Lynne was brought in to assist in reevaluating John Lennon's original studio material.

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Jeff Lynne has produced records for Ringo Starr and worked on Paul McCartney's Grammy-nominated album Flaming Pie.

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In 1996, Jeff Lynne was officially recognised by his peers when he was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Contributions to British Music" for a second time.

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The following year Jeff Lynne debuted the first new ELO album in fifteen years, Zoom.

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Jeff Lynne was heavily involved in the memorial Concert for George, held at London's Royal Albert Hall in November 2002, which featured Traveling Wilburys member Petty.

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Jeff Lynne reunited in 2006 with Petty to produce the latter's third solo release, Highway Companion.

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Jeff Lynne produced four tracks on Regina Spektor's fifth album Far, released 23 June 2009.

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Jeff Lynne suggested that a new album with original material may be released during 2013.

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On 9 February 2014, Jeff Lynne performed George Harrison's "Something" with Joe Walsh and Dhani Harrison on The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, as well as "Hey Bulldog" from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, while accompanying Dave Grohl, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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On 5 March 2014, Jeff Lynne received an honorary doctorate degree from Birmingham City University.

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Jeff Lynne mentioned he was working with Bryan Adams on new material.

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Never particularly enthusiastic for live performance even in his younger days, Jeff Lynne has called this event "easily the best concert I've ever been involved with".

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On 8 February 2015, Jeff Lynne appeared at the Grammy Awards, playing "Evil Woman" and "Mr Blue Sky" with Ed Sheeran.

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On 10 September 2015, Jeff Lynne's website announced he had signed a contract to deliver an album of new ELO music for Columbia Records marking the first time in 14 years new ELO music would be released.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO played two concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on 16 and 18 September 2016 respectively.

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On 2 August 2018, Lynne and his band Jeff Lynne's ELO began a 10-city tour of North America which included Oakland, California and Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Rosemont, Illinois, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia and Toronto.

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On 12 September 2018, Jeff Lynne's ELO began a tour throughout Europe including dates in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Mannheim, Vienna, Amsterdam, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Dublin, and Belfast.

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On 20 June 2019, Jeff Lynne's ELO began a North American tour with Dhani Harrison.

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On 26 September 2019, Jeff Lynne's ELO announced a new album, called From Out of Nowhere, which was released on 1 November of the same year.

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Jeff Lynne spent an hour at the session, before going back to the sessions with the Idle Race.

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Jeff Lynne was married to his first wife Rosemary from 1972 to 1977, and then to Sandi Kapelson, with whom he has two daughters, in 1979.

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Jeff Lynne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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