It was 50 years ago this month in June 1973 that when Billboard did a revised Hot 100 format on June 9, 1973 ELO's "Roll Over Beethoven" dropped to #100 but would rebound and peak at #42 in the next couple of weeks.
Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, Glen Ballard, and More Highlight Electrifying 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
By Robert Dye published 2 days ago
The 52nd annual star-studded event honored a melting pot of songwriters from multiple genres
Joe Walsh performs at the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 15, 2023 in New York City (Image credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images/Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Wielding his black Gibson Les Paul, Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne performed a mesmerizing version of the Electric Light Orchestra 1977 classic “Mr. Blue Sky” in honor of his induction into the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The 52nd annual star-studded event, held June 15 at New York’s Marriott Marquis, honored a melting pot of songwriters from multiple genres, including rock, pop, country, theater, and hip-hop.
“I’ll never forget writing this song,” Lynne told the black-tie audience. “Back in 1977 in Switzerland, I was staying in a chalet in the Alps getting ready to start what became the double album Out of the Blue. For two weeks, it had been dark and misty, and I hadn’t written a bloody thing. Then one morning, I woke up, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and suddenly I could see the Alps. In the next two weeks I wrote 14 songs, including this one.”
During his induction speech, Lynne recalled how his unique and distinctive sound was shaped as a child in the 1950’s. “My musical education began with a longwave radio and a record player in the living room with my family in Birmingham, listening to the classical music my dad preferred.
“This technology bought the whole world into our home, one song at a time. Everything I needed to know about the power of music. I would search the radio for pop music. Each song was like a two-minute miracle, and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.”
Jeff Lynne performs onstage at the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 15, 2023 in New York City
Jeff Lynne performs onstage at the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. (Image credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images/Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Joe Walsh presented Lynne with his award and performed a rousing version of the ELO classic “Don’t Bring Me Down.” Walsh infused the song with his unique, wiry guitar licks, performed on a sunburst Fender Esquire.
“The first time the world heard Jeff’s band Electric Light Orchestra, heads exploded,” Walsh said during his speech. “Nobody had heard anything quite like ELO. Who were these guys? How many were there? There had to be at least 30. Nope, pretty much one guy.
“All of this is due to Jeff’s writing and wizardry in the studio. He’s a good musician who can conceive and incorporate full orchestrations while the song is being born long before other songwriters could imagine a world where all that could exist. It’s that unmatched talent he has, to take a great song, bring it to life, and turn it into an unforgettable record.”
Besides 10538 Overture, there are 3 other works in the excellent movie “American Hustle”:
1)“Long Black Road” (originally appeared in Japanese version of 2001’s album “Zoom” as a bonus track)
2) cover of a classical piece from the late 19th or early 20th century by French composer Debussy titled: “Clair de lune”. As far as I know, this one’s unreleased and is not part of the Original Soundtrack album release either.
Happy Belated 76th Birthday, 6/24/1947, Mike de Albuquerque, Electric Light Orchestra bassist from 1972-1974, he would later work with fellow former ELO member violinist Wilf Gibson (RIP 2014) on Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From" #2 AT40 in 1976!
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2023 11:33:03 GMT -5 by trekkielo
After hearing "Hold On Tight" on Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Mighty 690 AM radio show back in late Summer 1981 while with family near Ventura, California, a U.S. Route 101 road trip to Santa Barbara's Mission when I was just 8 years old, Dad then bought me my very first Electric Light Orchestra album from Tower Records, an audio cassette of Time by ELO, thus started the fandom 42 years ago!
Hugh McDowell who would have been 70 today also sadly passed away 5 years ago on November 6th, 2018, at the very young age of only 65 years old!
"This is Casey Kasem in Hollywood on American Top 40, you know, it's become rather common over the past 15 or 20 years at rock concerts to see guitarists tossing their instruments around the stage, but this next group in the countdown features a man who throws a 20 pound, $2000 cello into the air, catching it, just before it hits the ground, it's all part of the act, the cello toss is performed by Hugh McDowell, he's a former member of the London Symphony Orchestra and currently 1/7th of The Electric Light Orchestra, a couple of years ago, the stunt backfired on him, the group was appearing in Houston, Texas and right in the middle of their last number, Hugh went into his cello hoisting routine, throwing the big instrument high into the air, but this time, he got so carried away by the response of the crowd, he forgot to catch the cello on its way down, and it crashed onto the stage in about a dozen pieces, well the audience loved it, and they thought it was part of the act, but Hugh wasn't so sure what to do, finally he, just picked up the pieces of his shattered cello, and tossed them into the crowd as souvenirs, we got the story from the group's drummer Bev Bevan who tells us that Hugh McDowell, is still tossing his cello around during their concerts believe it or not, but nowadays, he travels with a spare cello backstage, this week, their latest hit is at #17, The Electric Light Orchestra with Livin' Thing" - Casey Kasem's American Top 40 from January 22nd, 1977
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