This Day In Rock. E.L.O.
Born in Birmingham, England, on December 30, 1947, Jeff Lynne developed an early passion for music. He began his career in music playing guitar in local bands before forming Electric Light Orchestra in the early 1970s. In fact by his teens he had established a reputation as an exceptional guitar player and was very much in demand in the local scene, playing in several other groups before joining the Nightriders in 1966.
After achieving minor success in the first half of the decade, ELO exploded onto the scene, producing nearly thirty Top 40 hits before disbanding in 1986. At that point, Lynne embarked on an equally successful career as a producer, collaborating with musicians including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Brian Wilson, as well as becoming one of the founding members of Grammy Award–winning supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. In recent years, Lynne has continued to work as a producer, while also releasing new albums under the Electric Light Orchestra name.
Lynne will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017 in NY, as a member of Electric Light Orchestra.