Thursday, 5 March 2015

EMPOWERED BY HALF A MILLION LIKES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yesterday evening, Wednesday 4th March 2015, at about 7:30PM, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] clocked up its 500,000th visitor.

ELOBF began on Monday 2nd February 2009 [Groundhog Day!] with the initial aim of campaigning for the release of the originally intended 2LP edition of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages" including, of course, "Beatles Forever". 865 articles and 2,221 days later, ELOBF has grown to feature not only The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] and its co-founders Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan, we also feature the happenings of ELO's many musical friends and relatives as well as selected local, national and international independent artistes. ELOBF can now also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and via the weekly Hamilton Radio show "KJS Suggests".

Yours Truly KJS would like to take this opportunity to thank every visitor, musician, band [and by extension, friend] for their interest, support, dialogue and participation in the last six years, one month and two days. I hope that you will keep checking in as ELOBF charts a course to the next milestone.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 05-March-2015

CAUGHT LIVE: DRAWN TO THE BEAT [Alex Vann]

The Beatles ~ as drawn by Alex Vann ~ oversee Alex [centre] and friends ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The short drive to witness the official launch of Alex Vann's "Drawn To The Beat" exhibition at The Plough in Shifnal on Tuesday 3rd March was more than worth it as the Wolverhampton artist and musician delivered an impressive set of his own impressive compositions capped by covers of one song by each of The Fab Four ~ with a little help from his friends Dan ClarkRich McMahon and Sam Hollyman.
Set list: "Brand New Day"; "Return To New Street"; "Mary"; "Let It Rain"; "Rich Without Money"; "Dissenters"; "This Is My Land/My Beautiful Broken Guitar"; "Blackbird"; "Here Comes The Sun"; "Don't Pass Me By"; "Imagine"; "I Will Be The Air"
This concert had a wonderful, liberating and relaxed feel about it and it whilst showcasing the substantial songwriting and performing talents of Alex Vann ~ as well as those of his cohorts Dan Clark and Rich McMahon. Coupled with his definitive and detailed art, the evening was a resounding success and it was much appreciated by those in the healthy attendance as well.
Alex Vann and KJS ...
"Drawn To The Beat" runs from Sunday 1st March through to Thursday 30th April 2015 at The Plough Inn, Shifnal in Shropshire featuring many of Alex's original drawings and paintings. Expect a review of the latest Alex Vann album "Silhouettes and Pilhouettes Volume 4" here at ELOBF soon. You'll also be pleased to know that Alex's music and art can be purchased via these links thus:

www.alexvann.net
www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Vann
twitter.com/alexander_vann

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends the "Drawn To The Beat" exhibition by Alex Vann to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 05-March-2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

NEW LOOK CHART ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS ELO SUCCESS

Confirmed: ELO1 and ELO1JB had separate chart runs ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Official Charts Company have revamped and updated their site recently. Their new look Archive facility is much more detailed and informative than the previous version and has confirmed my recollection of the chart performance of the rare juke box edition of The ELO EP [Jet #ELO1] mentioned in this January 2015 article.
"Can't Get It Out Of My Head" backed by "Evil Woman" [Jet #ELO1JB] from the "Three Light Years" boxed set [Jet #JETBX1] is now listed as also attaining #52 in the UK Singles Chart during January 1979, a month later than The ELO EP. The Archive also summarises the astounding statistics [to date] of The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] in both the UK Singles and Album charts thus:
ELO's superb Singles Chart success in summary ...
ELO's amazing Album Chart success in summary ...
Such a successful chart career in both the UK Single and Album charts from "10538 Overture" and "No Answer" onwards clearly demonstrates the stellar songwriting, performing and production career of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne. Also, let's not forget the role of Roy Wood in the conception and foundation of The Electric Light Orchestra or the contribution of fellow founder Bev Bevan.

It's no wonder that Tony Curtis famously cited ELO as "... the finest rock band in the world today" back in 1978. And he was, of course, right.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 03-March-2015

Monday, 2 March 2015

MA-MA-MA-BELLE: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

"Olé ELO" rightly puzzled over the modest chart success of "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The above comments are to be found on the back of the LP sleeve for ELO's 1976 compilation "Olé ELO" [UK: #JETLP19; US: #UA-LA630-G] and perfectly captures a real chart enigma.

"Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" begins with one of the most recognisable if not the best ever of guitar riffs of all time [despite what the experts and pundits think] and, in my opinion too, it should have been one of ELO's biggest hits on both sides of the Atlantic almost 41 years ago to the day.
"Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" really should have been the "Mother" of all hits for ELO ...
"Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" also featured the late, great Marc Bolan on twin lead guitar with Jeff Lynne and thus it had all the ingredients for a monster hit at the time. Yet "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" only managed to attain #22 in the UK Top 30 Singles Chart [#K16349] and #87 in the US Billboard Top 100, [#UA-XW405-W] with a brief cameo in 1978 as part of The ELO EP [Jet #ELO1], attaining #34.

This must be one of the great rock 'n' roll mysteries of all time. "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" remains one of my very favourite ELO tracks and it is always a pleasure to hear, be it recorded or performed live.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 02-March-2015

Saturday, 28 February 2015

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [19]: Q2 2015

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Spring into Summer 2015 sees the latest ELOBF Quarterly Gig Guide again filled with some great gigs! Here are some selected dates and general links [with more to follow when confirmed] for you to consider checking out during between Wednesday 1st April and Tuesday 30th June [Q2] thus:

Friday 3rd April 2015
ELO Again @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £12.00 each [advance] or £15.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3916

Friday 10th April 2015
Quill @ The Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £18.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.rosetheatre.co.uk/WhatsOn.php#Quill

The ELO Experience @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £23.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.artrix.co.uk/Music/ELO-Experience--Mr-Blue-Sky-Tour-2015/2629

Friday 17th April 2015
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.erndor50.co.uk/Gigs.html

Thursday 23rd April 2015
Renaissance @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £20.00 each [advance] or £22.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4005

Quill @ The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Tickets: £16.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theatresevern.co.uk/BookEvent.aspx?eventID=84974

Friday 24th April 2015
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Marsden Mechanics Hall, Huddersfield
Tickets: £12.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.wegottickets.com/event/306476

Saturday 25th April 2015
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Henighans Live Music Venue, Bolton
Tickets: £7.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.henighans.com/events/elo-tribute-by-the-explosive-light-orchestra

Thursday 7th May 2015
Rebecca Downes @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3947

Saturday 9th May 2015
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Cardiff/Theatr-Soar/Explosive-Light-Orchestra/12302818

Sunday 17th May 2015
The Robin 2 Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Free entry
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4001

Saturday 23rd May 2015
Pugwash @ The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Tickets: £15.00 each [non-members][*plus booking fee]
thetradesclub.com/events/pugwash

Wings Over Abbey Road: The Abbey Road Experience @ The Regal, Tenbury Wells
Tickets: £16.00 each [*plus booking fee]
egaltenbury.co.uk/RegalCinemaTenbury.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=660500

Quill @ Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Tamworth
Tickets: £17.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/2015/05/23/30063/quill

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7.00 each [advance] or £8.50 each [door]
thediamonduk.com/gigs

Wednesday 27th May 2015
Pete Kent @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £5.00 each [advance] or £7.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3939

Saturday 30th May 2015
Pugwash @ Westway Cinema, Frome, Somerset
Tickets: £TBA each [*plus booking fee]
www.songkick.com/concerts/22689828-pugwash-at-westway-cinema

The Trevor Burton Band @ Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge
Free entry
www.katiefitzgeralds.co.uk/giginfo.asp?eventid=2204

Sunday 31st May 2015
Pugwash @ The Joiners, Southampton
Tickets: £12.00 each [*plus booking fee]
joiners.vticket.co.uk/product.php/241/pugwash

Thursday 4th June 2015
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Blackwood Miners Institute, Caerphilly
Tickets: £16.00 each [*plus booking fee]
your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bmi/whatson/whats-on

Saturday 20th June to Tuesday 24th June 2015
ELO Again Weekend Mini-Cruise [sails from Southampton for 3 nights]
Prices range from £219 to £549 per person
www.eloagain.co.uk/tour-dates/elo-cruise

Sunday 21st June 2015
Quill @ The Acoustic Festival Of Britain, Uttoxeter
Day tickets: £38.00 each [adult]; £10.00 each [children][*plus booking fee]
www.acousticfestival.co.uk/tickets.html

Sunday 28th June 2015
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry
erndor50.co.uk/Gigs.html

Stand Up & Rock!
Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan will again be joined on stage by Geoff TurtonJoy Strachan-Brain and The Bev Bevan Band featuring Tony KelseyPhil Tree and Abby Brant between Friday 1st May and Tuesday 23rd June for "Stand Up & Rock!", their acclaimed theatre show featuring superb music and hilarious comedy. Find out where to see the show via the official tour web site thus:
Jeff Lynne
After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The MoveJeff Lynne co-found The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian WilsonPaul McCartneyDel Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom PettyBob DylanGeorge Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus:
www.elo.biz

Roy Wood
The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of WizzardThe Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2015! Find out where to see Roy via his official web site thus:
www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra
Former members of ELO and ELO Part IIMik KaminskiLouis ClarkEric TroyerParthenon HuxleyGlen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

Quill
Legendary Midlands Celtic-tinged rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four [4] decade span and now feature Bev Bevan and Tony Kelsey in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:
quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band
Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with Pez ConnorBill Jefferson and [occasionally] Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience
This fantastic Hull based ELO tribute band deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits [and more] live. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:
 www.elotribute.com/giglist

ELO Again
This South Wales based ELO tribute act are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO]
Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right - Symphonika [a.k.a. The Explosive Light Orchestra] - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

All of the above artistes and shows are endorsed and recommended by: ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. The above gig listing may be amended periodically, as applicable. Interviews with some of the above artistes are also planned for ELOBFSee you at one or three of the above gigs for a chat?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 28-Feb-2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

LETTERS FROM SPAIN: KELLY'S CAREER CONNECTIONS

This brief overview of the career of appears on the Spanish edition of Kelly's 1982 single "Oh! Little Darling" ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I've owned a copy of the Spanish issue of Kelly Groucutt's 1982 solo single "Oh! Little Darling" [RCA #PB-6572] for many years. On the rear of the 7" picture sleeve is a summary of his career and an introduction to his then solo album. I thought that it would be interesting to attempt to translate the text in English, being as you can clearly see mentions of Sight 'n' SoundThe Idle Race, Roger Spencer and the more familiar within it thus:

KELLY GROUCUTT: FROM THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA TO SOLO DEBUT
"He belongs to that generation of great musicians born in the late forties [September 1945]. Kelly Groucutt formed his first band when he was fifteen. By then, Kelly was limited to being a singer. Two years later, he began playing guitar. At twenty, he was already an accomplished bassist, and it could be assumed that he would soon occupy a position among the elite of the most brilliant bassists. Indeed, that first bass, a Fender Precision 62, Groucutt still uses today. Curiously, Groucutt wrote that although he was left-handed, he always preferred to play guitar with his right hand. In 1972, he began working with Sight 'n' Sound, a good band of the time. One day, the Idle Race drummer, Roger Spencer, introduced Kelly to Jeff Lynne and in 1974, Jeff, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy invited him to join the Electric Light Orchestra. ELO and Kelly formed a long relationship. Kelly went on to be involved in the following albums: "Face The Music", "A New World Record", "Out Of The Blue", "Discovery", "Time" and many of their greatest hits. He also did the soundtrack of the movie "Xanadu". This is his debut as soloist and writer. This album presents definitely one of the best soloists of our time: Kelly Groucutt." [end quote]


It's always worth revisiting your record collection. Who knows what you might rediscover! I hope that the above transliteration conveys the content and intent of the original biography. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] often features Sight 'n' Sound, The Idle Race and, of course, Kelly Groucutt

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 27-Feb-2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

RECOMMENDED: KJS SUGGESTS [Hamilton Radio]

Hamilton Radio and ELOBF have been partners for many years ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! For just over four [4] years, Yours Truly KJS has been working with Hamilton Radio CEO Gene Pierro to broadcast an internet radio show entitled "Keith James Sinclair Suggests" out of New Jersey, USA.

The show features a selection of my favourite tunes by artistes including [of course] ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Roy Orbison and The Beatles plus many of those independent local, national and international artistes who have been featured by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] through the years.

"Keith James Sinclair Suggests" runs every Friday for five [5] hours from 10:00AM until 3:00PM [EST] or 3:00PM until 8:00PM [GMT] and can be accessed via these links thus:

www.streamlicensing.com/play/player.php/HR1
hamiltonradio.net

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends and endorses Hamilton Radio to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 26-Feb-2015