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Rich List 2017: No.=47 - Jeff Lynne

ELO star has seen his fortune increase by £5 million and Rich List ranking rise two places

Matt Crossick/PA Wire Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne

Music
2017: No.=47 - £85m
2016: No.49 - £70m

Jeff Lynne is enjoying his resurgent popularity which culminated in concerts in his native Birmingham in the summer at which he was rapturously received by his home audiences.

In fact the modest rocker was well-received everywhere, including Glastonbury and his "Alone in the Universe" concert at the Hollywood Bowl. More concerts are planned for 2017 including Wembley Stadium in June.

Meanwhile his greatest hits album "All Over the World" has sold more than a million copies, and he has been nominated for induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame which will be showcased in New York in June.

ELO has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Birmingham-born Jeff Lynne, 69, seems surprised that people still want to listen to his music, which provided the soundtrack to the 1970s and 1980s.

At his concerts he precedes the massive hit "Mr Blue Sky" with the simple introduction, "This is a good 'un."

Jeff Lynne is not just one of the most prolific music performers and producers of the last 40 years, he is also recognised by his peers as being one of the most self-effacing. No wonder he's in demand.

He was genuinely over-awed by the ecstatic response to his 2014 comeback concert, headlining at the Radio 2 concert in Hyde Park.

It was the success of this gig that laid the foundations for his 2016 tour.

The legendary Electric Light Orchestra front-man was born in Shard End in 1947, going to the local Alderlea Boys’ Secondary School.

As a schoolboy he went to see a Del Shannon concert at Birmingham Town Hall and from that moment on was hooked on playing pop music.

In 1963 he formed a group called The Rockin’ Hellcats. The name was changed to The Andicaps (via The Handicaps which they deemed politically incorrect even in the 1960s) and rehearsed regularly at Shard End Community Centre.

The band played at the Regal cinema in Handsworth between Saturday matinee screenings.

In 1964 he joined the The Chads, and then The Nightriders who changed their name to The Idle Race and enjoyed some cult popularity.

In 1970 he joined The Move with fellow Midland rockers Roy Wood and Bev Bevan, and they went on to form The Electric Light Orchestra. Roy Wood left in 1972 leaving Jeff Lynne as the band’s creative force.

ELO became a global success through the 1970s, known for their unique sound of memorable songs laced with studio strings, complex production and layered vocals.

Their concerts were huge productions featuring spaceship sets and laser shows.

Since ELO, Jeff Lynne has become one of the most respected producers in rock music and has worked with the greats of music, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Brian Wilson, Bryan Adams and Ringo Starr.

He had more musical success with the Travelling Wilburys. He worked with Take That on their 2014 album.

He has two daughters by his second marriage to Sandi Kapela. In 1995 he sold his 15 century grade II listed Walsh Hall near Meriden to UB40’s Robin Campbell.

He now lives in Beverley Hills, California.

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