Jeff Lynne

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Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a British singer-songwriter and record producer. He was the founder of the Electric Light Orchestra in the 1970s as well as a co-founder, and a member, of the Traveling Wilburys in the 1980s. Prior to Electric Light Orchestra Lynne was a member of The Move and Idle Race. Lynne was born in Birmingham, UK.

In 1989 he 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 got nominations for the Grammy as Best Album Of The Year in 1989.

In 1990 he released the solo album "Armchair Theater".

In February of 1994, Lynne fulfilled a life long dream by working with the three surviving Beatles on their Anthology album series, and reunion tracks "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love". He has also produced records individually for George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and worked extensively on the Roy Orbison album Mystery Girl.

Lynne teamed up with ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy to reform ELO in 2001 for an album called Zoom.

In 2001 EMI's First Light remaster series was launched with the definitive and expanded 2-CD 30th Anniversary edition of Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer in the USA), the band's original debut. Sony also debuted their remaster series with expanded editions of the albums Eldorado: A Symphony By The Electric Light Orchestra, Discovery, Time and Secret Messages. A spectacular live video and surround-sound DVD capturing ELO in concert from Los Angeles was also released, while VH-1 dedicated a Storytellers TV special to Lynne's music, filmed in front of an invited audience in New York.

During 2002, Lynne was busy in the recording studio, working on a variety of projects, one of which involved co-producing and helping complete George Harrison's posthumously released album, Brainwashed. He was also heavily involved in the tribute memorial concert, held at London's Royal Albert Hall in November 2002 and subsequently responsible for the outstanding surround-sound production of the lavish Concert For George (Warner Bros) 2-DVD released in November 2003. The DVD later was awarded a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.

A tribute to Lynne called Lynne Me Your Ears, was released in 2002, and featured two CDs full of artists performing Lynne/ELO songs, including Todd Rundgren, SWAG (featuring members of Wilco, The Mavericks and Cheap Trick), Sixpence None The Richer, Doug Powell, PFR, Jason Falkner, Fleming and John, The Balls of France (Jerry Chamberlain of Daniel Amos), Rick Altizer and Lynne pl:Jeff Lynne sv:Jeff Lynne


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