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We caught up with ELO front man Jeff Lynne ( not sure of his real name) at NAMM Saturday in Anaheim. Lynne (originally from Temple City) had just finished a set and told us his band was the only ELO tribute band in North America. Several other bands hit the tribute circuit thanks to a company appropriately called MusicZirconia.
If you can image your favorite musicians, there is probably a tribute or parody band out there keeping the 60’s alive. One of our favorites has always been Kenny Metcalf at Elton John. However this time we got to chat with the Lynne legend.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who gained fame as the leader and sole constant member of Electric Light Orchestra. He was later a co-founder and member of the Traveling Wilburys together with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Lynne has produced recordings for artists such as the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Roy Orbison, Dave Edmunds, Del Shannon and Tom Petty. Among the many compositions to his credit are such well-known hits as “Livin’ Thing”, “Evil Woman”, “Turn to Stone”, “Do Ya”, “Strange Magic”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, “Telephone Line”, “Mr. Blue Sky”, “Hold on Tight”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “When We Was Fab”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'”, “Handle with Care” and “End of the Line”.
For more information on this phenomenon of tribute bands go to: www.mztributebands.com.
–Photo by Terry Miller