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Jeff Lynne at 66: ‘It Shot By, Basically, Like Everybody Tells You’

ELO’s Jeff Lynne turns 66 today, born on December 30, 1947 in Birmingham, England.

“As you get older, the days have gone, and the years have gone, and it’s whoosh!”

Many of us can relate to that.

Those are Jeff Lynne’s words from an interview last April on

This prolific songwriter, composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and record producer also co-founded The Traveling Wilburys, and has co-written songs with Tom Petty and George Harrison, recently produced Joe Walsh’s Analog Man album, and…well, one could go on for awhile here.

Suffice it to say this man has given the music world so much it’s hard to sum up.

But here’s a way to pay homage to such an enormous talent: last June the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Lynne will Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime in 2014.

Lynne paid his own homage to the band he co-founded in 1970, the Electric Light Orchestra, with the 2012 album, Mr. Blue Sky, made up of a hand-selected batch of ELO tracks, newly re-recorded with today’s technology that reportedly achieve a sound that finally matches Lynne’s original vision.

I’m glad he got so much accomplished in the whooshing time vortex.

And he’s not done yet, as long as there’s still some time left to work.

He’s currently putting together a new album with original material.

Incidently, ELO fans should know that Jeff’s facebook page had this to report last week:

Have you seen American Hustle yet? “10538 Overture” by Electric Light Orchestra is featured and you can own it along with 14 other great songs, including ELO’s “Long Black Road” and Jeff Lynne’s “Stream of Stars.”

Download the soundtrack on iTunes now:


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