Electric Light Orchestra formed in Birmingham, England in 1970 and quickly became one of the most celebrated bands in music. Led by multi-talented Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, the musical pioneers offered the world a revolutionary new sound by combining vibrant space-age iconography with classical orchestrations and progressive rock. The result was ambitious, adventuresome and unforgettable. Between 1974 and 1981, Electric Light Orchestra gathered an astounding nine consecutive gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and had charted more combined Top 40 singles than virtually any other band around. In later years, Lynne went on to produce for the likes of Tom Petty and The Beatles, as well as perform with supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
On September 10, 2015, Lynne's website announced he had signed a contract to deliver an album of new ELO music for Columbia Records marking the first time in 14 years new ELO music would be released. On September 24, 2015, under the name Jeff Lynne's ELO, "When I Was a Boy", the first single from Alone in the Universe was released on the internet with a music video released not long after. The album was released in 2015 and was followed by promotional shows including the first ELO shows in the United States in 30 years.
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