City pop hero Jeff Lynne is to become the next recipient of a star on the Broad Street Walk of Stars.
The Electric Light Orchestra frontman, who penned enduring classics like Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing and Sweet Talkin’ Woman, has been pencilled in to receive his gong from close pal Jasper Carrott on March 13.
Although the 66-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Shard End, who also produced the Beatles’ chart-topping re-working of the late John Lennon’s demo Real Love in 1995, has yet to confirm his appearance, both he and Walk of Stars organisers are working towards that date.
Pal Roger ‘Ollie’ Spencer, who played drums with Lynne in successful pre-ELO band The Idle Race in the 60s, wrote on Facebook: “Dear ELO fans, come and join Jeff Lynne getting his long overdue star on Birmingham Walk of Fame, 13th March, Broad Street, Birmingham. Please come and join in and show how proud we are of the lad.”
Martin Kinch, who runs ELO-related memorabilia website Cherry Blossom Clinic, said: “I’ve been a big fan for around 40 years, and I'm thrilled for Jeff.
“I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before now – he’s one of the biggest stars to come out of Birmingham, but perhaps with him living in America it’s not been easy to arrange.
“With everything he does – songwriting, production, the musicianship, the voice – he shows he’s got that magic touch, of being able to do it all brilliantly.”
Walk of Stars boss Mike Olley said: “The date is not set in stone yet, but we’re very keen to welcome Jeff and we understand that he’s keen to take part and we’re looking at March 13 as the date.
"As is so often the case with these international stars, their diaries need nailing down.
“This is a guy who’s rocked the world in his own capacity, he’s produced the Beatles and he’s produced music scores in Hollywood.”
He said Carrott, a long-standing mate of Lynne and fellow Blues fan, would present the award in his new role as Walk Of Stars committee chairman.