The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) out of Birmingham, England got together in 1970. Members Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, formerly of The Move, had the creative idea of a band that would combine modern rock and pop songs with touches of classical music.
In essence, they would pick up where the Beatles left off. John Lennon called ELO “sons of the Beatles.”
Their first American hit was a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” Here’s a short clip of their August 1973 performance on The Midnight Special with Lynne on lead guitar.
Chuck Berry wrote about a gal that would “wiggle like a glow worm, dance like a spinnin’ top, she got a crazy partner, you oughta see ’em reel an rock, long as she got a dime the music will never stop.”
Ten years after the ELO version was released Jeff Lynne wrote a song about another girl who “loves that rock’n’roll, and she plays it all night long, that’s all she ever tells me when I call her on the telephone, she loves that drivin’ beat, and she goes dancin’ on down the street.”
That was 1983. ELO broke up a few years later.
But CBS last weekend broadcast an interesting feature on Lynne who’s returned.