Five For Friday: Jeff Lynne (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

I’ve upgraded my laptop to "Big Sur," Apple’s latest release of Mac OS, release 11.0.1. I chose to do that rather than write this, because I was having trouble deciding who to profile today.

Anyway, our guest artist today is guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne. He’s had an interesting career, and a lot of it has intersected with The Beatles, particularly George Harrison. You can tell the influence they’ve had on him, and vice versa.

  1. The Move, "Brontosaurus": Jeff’s first recording experience was with the British rock band The Move. He joined them for their 1970 album Looking On, from which "Brontosaurus" was taken. It went to #7 in the UK, but didn’t chart in the US. Regardless, I seem to recall having a copy of it.
  2. Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky": ELO grew out of The Move, with multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood envisioning an orchestral rock project, of which Lynne and drummer Bev Bevan were a part. It formed in 1970, while The Move was still recording, and through 1986 they released a number of Top Ten singles and albums. "Mr. Blue Sky" was from their 1977 album Out Of The Blue; it reached #6 in the UK and #8 in the Netherlands, but only #35 in the US and #27 in Canada.
  3. Traveling Wilburys, "Rattled": Lynne produced George Harrison’s 1987 album Cloud Nine, and during the recording they started kicking around the idea of putting together a band with some of their friends. George suggested Bob Dylan, Jeff suggested Roy Orbison, and when George was at Tom Petty’s house he suggested that he might like to join them. They recorded two albums, one with Roy Orbison and the other without; Jeff was "Otis Wilbury" on the first album and "Clayton Wilbury" on the second. "Rattled" was on the first album: it was written and sung by Jeff, with help from the others (Roy contributed the growl, I believe).
  4. The Beatles, "Free As A Bird": In 1995 Paul McCartney received a tape from Yoko Ono containing two songs that John Lennon had been working on. Between Paul, George, and Ringo, they were able to take the tapes and build the two songs into full Beatles songs. They had wanted to get George Martin, their legendary producer and the "Fifth Beatle," but he was unavailable. Knowing that trying to produce the songs themselves would be a disaster, they chose Jeff to produce the recordings, effectively being the "fifth Beatle."
  5. Jeff Lynne’s ELO, "When I Was A Boy": Jeff re-formed ELO as "Jeff Lynne’s ELO" in 2014. They released Aloe In The Universe in late 2015, from which "When I Was A Boy" was the lead track and the first single. The album reached #23 on Billboard‘s Top 200 albums, #2 on the Top Rock albums chart, #4 in the UK, and #34 in Canada.

Jeff Lynne, your Five For Friday, November 13, 2020. Happy birthday, Kip!

22 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Jeff Lynne (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

      1. Oh John it was a nightmare week. I had one 10mm blasted…well the doctor didn’t check after he did it and I was at home the next day watching Flipper…and then I had a pain and nausea I can’t describe…parts of it blocked my kidney…then came the hospital and they had to get it out.


          1. Good…That was my first and I hope my last. My dad had….get this… 70 of them from the early seventies to when he passed (pardon the pun) in 05. Vanderbilt wanted to do a study on him…that is something I don’t want to inherit.


  1. Good one! We saw ELO last year. Fantastic show. How are you liking Big Sur? Since it just came out I’m waiting to see what the bugs are. I may use it on my laptop for a test drive. Twice in the past I have updated to the new operating system only to find out that my transcription programs don’t work properly and since that’s business, I’ve learned to wait.

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    1. I haven’t found any errors yet, which doesn’t mean there aren’t any lurking around; it just means I haven’t run into any yet. They made a bunch of changes to Safari, but I don’t use it….

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