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Picking up where the Beatles left off, 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.

Hall of Fame Essay


Parke Puterbaugh

Imagine a marriage of tuneful, rocking pop songs with instruments from the symphonic realm, and you’ve got the blueprint for what made ELO one of the most popular groups of the 1970s and beyond.

Jeff Lynne, ELO’s vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, co-founder, and frontman, conceived of a rarefied musical sphere in which cellos coexisted with guitars, and where classically tinged progressive rock intersected with hook-filled, radio-friendly pop.

The result: ELO’s boundary-breaking approach to rock that resonated with a global audience, both as a pop singles act and as album-oriented rockers with deep-track appeal.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2017
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joyous hybrid rock classical harmonies, those killer songs
Dhani Harrison



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