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ELO expanded the concept of great melodies, epic song structures and grand orchestrations. ELO added an exciting mix of elements into rock and roll, including disco rhythms and electronic studio wizardry. Electric Light Orchestra, or more popularly known as ELO, were formed in Birmingham England in 1970 when Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, members of The Move, had the vision to start a new project that would create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. Joined by fellow Move member Bev Bevan, their mission was clear – to pick up where the Beatles left off and carry the torch. And they did just that. All told, ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide and between 1972 and 1986, Jeff Lynne wrote and produced twenty-six Top 40 hits in the UK and twenty in the US.  Their legacy is still growing and their success continues today, with Jeff Lynne’s ELO selling out huge shows around the world. Their timeless songs have become staples for music fans of all generations. 

Images from the Michael Ochs Collection and Jane Scott Papers Collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

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Archival Resources

All archival materials related to ELO can be found here. Listed below are notable collections and items of interest.

Michael Ochs Collection, 1977-1978
This collection includes materials related to ELO including a 1977 poster for "Out of the Blue" and a concert poster and program from "The Big Night" tour (spaceship tour).

Herb Staehr Collection, 1976
This collection includes an audio recording of an ELO and Fleetwood Mac concert on January 12, 1976, and a video recording of The Midnight Special TV series featuring ELO.

Jane Scott Papers, 1973
Rock critical for the Plain Dealer from 1952-2002, this collection includes photographs and promotional material of ELO from 1973.


ELO Photographs, 1981, 1988
From the Philadelphia Inquirer Photographs.

ELO Documents, 1981
From the Jim Clevo Papers.

YouTube Performances

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