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Jeff Lynne


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Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) in Birmingham, UK, is a British singer-songwriter and record producer. He was the co-founder (with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan), guitarist, and lead singer of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys (with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison) in the late 1980s. Prior to The Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne was a member of Idle Race and, along with Wood and Bevan, The Move.

After ELO’s breakup in the mid 1980s, Lynne moved into production work, showing both the influence of The Beatles that characterized much of ELO’s work and an influence from rockabilly-style music. The Beatles’ connection was strengthened when Lynne produced George Harrison’s Cloud Nine, a successful comeback album for the ex-Beatle released in 1987 featuring the popular single “(Got My Mind) Set On You.” In 1989, Lynne co-produced the acclaimed album Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty, which included the hit singles “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” all co-written by Lynne. This album and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, also co-produced by Lynne, both received nominations for the Grammy as Best Album Of The Year in 1989.

In 1990 Lynne released his first solo album Armchair Theatre, featuring the singles “Every Little Thing” and “Lift Me Up.” The album received some positive critical attention but little commercial success.


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