Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Jeff Lynne Presented With The Q Icon Award From Q Magazine

Jeff Lynne was presented with The Q Icon Award from Q magazine during a ceremony October 30 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The cream of the world's music stars including: U2, The Who, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Oasis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sugababes, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Embrace, Primal Scream, Take That, Smokey Robinson, Muse, Keane, Jay Kay, Razorlight, and Jeff Lynne attended the non-televised ceremony.

The recognition comes just a few months after Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" was named Britain's top guilty pleasure track by Q magazine.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Jeff Lynne Joins Tom Petty On Stage

Jeff Lynne joined Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on stage for their rendition of "Handle With Care" during a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 26.

Watch the video on www.YouTube.com.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mr. Blue Sky Number 18 on All-TIme List

Sold on Song, a BBC Radio 2 site dedicated to classic songs, covers, songwriting and more, recently took a poll to determine the top 100 classic songs of all-time.

“Mr. Blue Sky”, a worldwide hit from ELO's Out of the Blue and background music to numerous movie soundtracks and television ads since, came in at number 18.

Featuring an infectious beat and lavish orchestration, “Mr. Blue Sky” is the eternal song of hope and joy which closes out the “Concerto for a Rainy Day” suite on side three of the album.

“It was dark and misty for two weeks,” songwriter Jeff Lynne later recalled, “and I didn’t come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was ‘Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.’ I wrote ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and 13 other songs in the next two weeks.”

To learn more about “Mr Blue Sky”, or better yet to listen to it, visit the song page.