HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Jeff Lynne received the 2,548th star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for a career that spanned more than four decades and has
included being the leader of the Electric Light Orchestra and writing songs and
producing for rock royalty.
Tom Petty and Joe Walsh were among those joining Lynne at the ceremony
in front of the Capitol Records building.
Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Birmingham, England, Lynne scored many hits
throughout the 1970s with the Electric Light Orchestra, including “Can’t Get
It Out of My Head,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.”
Lynne eventually went on to concentrate on production and songwriting
work for major stars, including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and three of the
Beatles — Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Lynne resurfaced as a performer in 1988, when he became a member of the
supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, joining Bob Dylan, Harrison, Orbison and
Lynne has made two high-profile performances in the past year. ELO
headlined BBC Radio2′s Hyde Park festival in September, the first time in almost 30 years the band had been on a festival stage.
Lynne performed with Ed Sheeran at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at
Staples Center in February, giving a performance that prompted McCartney and
Taylor Swift to dance in the aisles.
“Jeff Lynne is one of the premier musicians of his time,” said Ana
Martinez, the producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies. “With
longevity and decades of his magical artistry, Lynne has captivated fans with
his distinctive style and very memorable sounds.”