Song of the Day: ELO, “Mister Blue Sky”

Happy birthday to guitarist and producer Jeff Lynne, who turns 75 today. Jeff produced George Harrison’s penultimate studio album, Cloud Nine, in 1987, then got together with Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty to form The Traveling Wilburys. He produced "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" for The Beatles for their first two Anthology albums, successfully combining the originals from a tape by John Lennon with new work by George, Paul, and Ringo. "Mister Blue Sky" is from their 1977 album Out Of The Blue. As a single, it reached #5 in the UK and #35 in the US.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: ELO, “Mister Blue Sky”

      1. I agree. When he produces something you know he produced it. Dave Edmunds had a song called “Slipping Away” and I knew when I heard it back in the 80s that Lynne had to be involved.


    1. Someone left a comment that said this was considered one of the happiest songs ever written. I know it’s one of my favorite songs for shaking off a black mood.


    1. That’s because guys like you and I (i.e. retired) are in those public places. It’s like the morning I was in the grocery store and they were playing Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” over the intercom….

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