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10538 Overture
by Electric Light Orchestra

Here's a strange one for you. Rubber goods manufacturer "Coruba" includes a blog as part of their website content. For rubber goods related stuff? You'd guess so, but not necessarily, though mostly ... yes. Rather surprisingly however, the well-crafted bio of an early 'ELO' below suddenly pops up on the site:


The band formed in 1970, after Roy Wood, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of 1960s band 'The Move', decided it was time to try something new. He wanted to form a band that would use more unusual instruments, such as cellos, violins, woodwind instruments and horns, to play a 'classical rock' sound.

Jeff Lynne, lead vocalist of fellow Birmingham band 'The Idle Race', was enthused by the idea and accepted Wood's invitation to join his new band. They called themselves the 'Electric Light Orchestra' - a name taken from the popular light orchestras of the late 1960s.

Wood had been inspired by Denny Laine's 'Electric String Band' and liked the concept of using traditional light orchestra instruments, combined with the more usual electric 'rock' instruments, to create a unique sound. The name, 'Electric Light Orchestra', seemed ideal to describe what they were aiming to do musically.

Their first single was "10538 Overture", written by Lynne and released in 1972. They were joined by drummer Bev Bevan, the third founding member of 'ELO', for the recording. It reached a respectable No. 9 in the UK Singles chart [on August 26th 1972 during a 7-week stay in the Top 40].

Their first 'live' concert was at the Greyhound Pub in Croydon on 16th April 1972, when they were joined on stage by keyboard player Bill Hunt, cellists Mike Edwards, Hugh McDowell and Andy Craig, violinist Wilfred Gibson and bass player Richard Tandy.

During the 1970s and 1980s, 'Electric Light Orchestra' released a succession of Top 10 albums and singles, including two albums which reached No. 1 in the UK charts: "Discovery" in 1979 and "Time" in 1981, both of which went platinum.

The band achieved global success, charting in Australia, the United States, Japan, Austria, Germany, Italy, Holland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden. They had several more platinum albums, including "Eldorado" in 1974, "A New World Record" in 1976 and "Out of the Blue" in 1977.


Just a little more chart info to fill in. It was way too early for anything by 'ELO' to trouble the Billboard Hot 100 charts when this came out as a 45rpm. The only other credit it seemed to garner was a No. 24 placing in the Dutch singles charts. I absolutely loved this when it came out, and still do.
1972 - Harvest Records - United Kingdom
Posted: 17th February 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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