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“I Love That E.L.O.”

E.L.O., or the Electric Light Orchestra, was comprised of six musicians from Birmingham, England, who merged Beatle-esque pop with classical arrangements and sold over 50 million records. From 1972 to 1986, the band launched twenty Top 20 hits in England; ELO also holds the record for most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits (20) without a single song hitting Number One. The group’s snger/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne would go on to found the Travelling Wilbury’s.

The group was so successful they even spawned a rare parody/tribute song on Randy Newman’s album Born Again (1979), “The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band.” Newman not only parodies the ELO sound, but also mocks gushing fandom with lyrics like these:

“I love their “Mr. Blue Sky”

Almost my favorite is “Turn To Stone”

And how ‘bout “Telephone Line”?

I love that E.L.O.”

Like Newman, I also love Mr. Blue Sky -- featured on the band's seventh studio album Out of the Blue (1977). The tune utilizes vocoded voices, including the last line which sounds like the voice is saying "Mister Blue Sky” but it’s actually saying "Please turn me over" as this is the last song on side three of the LP. One more note: This irresistibly cheery song was played as a wake-up call to the astronauts on the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Another Newman favorite, Telephone Line, was the second track on their 1976 album, A New World Record, and like Mr. Blue Sky contains the band’s signature stylized vocals and polished, multi-tracked instrumentals.

Finally, a video of ELO doing Can’t Get It Out Of My Head from 1974's Eldorado.

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Can't Get You Out Of My Head, by Electric Light Orchestra