The Electrical Gentle Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band shaped in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters-multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wooden with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical preparations and futuristic iconography.
ELO was shaped out of Lynne’s and Wooden’s need to create trendy rock and pop songs with classical overtones.
After Wooden’s departure in 1972, Lynne grew to become the band’s sole chief, arranging and producing each album whereas writing practically all of their unique materials. For his or her preliminary tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy had been the group’s solely constant members.
It derived as an offshoot of Wooden’s earlier band, the Transfer, of which Lynne and Bevan had been additionally members. In the course of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, ELO launched a string of high 10 albums and singles, together with two LPs that reached the highest of British charts: the disco-inspired Discovery (1979) and the science-fiction-themed idea album Time (1981).
In 1986 Lynne misplaced curiosity within the band and disbanded the group. Bevan responded by forming his personal band, ELO Half II, which later grew to become the Orchestra. After a quick reunion from 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive till 2014, when Lynne re-formed the band once more with Tandy as Jeff Lynne’s ELO.