Jeff Lynne’s ELO will fill Glastonbury’s “legends” slot on Sunday 26th June 2016 and the band’s signature song Mr Blue Sky will hopefully be a good omen for sunny, dry weather at Glasto this year!!
Glastonbury’s “legends” Sunday slot is one of the highlights of the annual festival – Dolly Parton drew Glastonbury’s biggest ever crowd in 2014, while Lionel Richie’s appearance last year sent him to the top of the chart.
Originally known as Electric Light Orchestra, ELO was formed by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood in 1970. They had an 18-year run of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including Roll Over Beethoven, Telephone Line, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Livin’ Thing and The Diary of Horace Wimp and of course Mr Blue Sky which still commands regular radio airplay in the UK. In total the ELO sold 50 million records before Jeff Lynne called time in 1988.
After years in the music wilderness an on-air campaign by BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans cajoled the band into reuniting in 2013 for a one-off show in Hyde Park. The public response and demand was so overwhelming that Jeff Lynne returned to the recording studio and began work on a new album, Alone in the Universe, under the moniker Jeff Lynne’s ELO. The album subsequently went platinum in the UK, while ELO stole the show at last year’s Grammy Awards.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis summed up the Record Press author’s sentiments with her tweet: “Yes! ELO are playing this year’s Glastonbury Sunday teatime slot. Can’t wait!”
Lest we forget how good the ELO were in the 1970s, here is a Top 5 Best ELO songs –
1) Mr Blue Sky
2) Rock Aria
3) Diary of Horace Wimp
4) Don’t Bring Me Down
5) Last Train to London
What are your favourite ELO songs and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.
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