ELO founder Bev Bevan with the lowdown on the band and what's on today
Electric Light Orchestra was formed around The Move’s core members, Bev Bevan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood. The band was making its final album when ELO started working on their initial release. The self-titled album was initially released as ‘No Answer’ in the US due to a mistake that occurred when a record company executive called management to ask the name of the album. He didn’t receive a reply so wrote down ‘no answer’ and that mistake took the album the all way to its release.
When I spoke to Bev Bevan recently he told me about how Roy Wood had left ELO during the recording of their second album. The band continued to record albums that delivered massive hits in the UK and in particular in Australia. Think ‘Telephone Line’ and ‘Living Thing’.
Bev Bevan left ELO for Black Sabbath in 1983 when Jeff Lynne refused to tour any longer. He returned to them for their final album ‘Balance of Power’ in 1986. These days Jeff Lynne continues to tour as the sole founding member of ELO while Bev has started a new band called ‘Quill’ with his new partner, lead singer, Joy Strachan-Brain.
Quill has just released a new album and Bev has big plans for the future. Check out my zoom interview with him here
And here's Quill
Don Fardon is an English pop singer best known for his cover of the song ‘Indian Reservation’ from 1968. The tune was an unlikely UK number 3 hit and a global million selling disc. Don also wrote the football anthem ‘Belfast Boy’ about soccer player, George Best. Take a listen to my chat with Don in this week’s show and hear the unusual story to his rise to fame.
Meet Don Fardon and hear about how the song 'Indian Reservation' came to be an unlikely hit
Cedric Burnside - Blues Royalty
Cedric Burnside is an electric blues guitarist, drummer, singer and songwriter from Mississippi. He is the son of blues drummer Calvin Jackson and the grandson of blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, R.L Burnside. Among many others, Cedric has played drums, either live or on record with R.L Burnside, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Brown. The 42 year old is Blues Royalty and is the real deal being hellbent on keeping the blues alive.
Recently back in Australia for the fourth time following his third Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album – I Be Trying – Cedric plays stripped back and sizzles like a live-wire. The Mississippi Hill Country blues musician is all about his music as you’ll hear in my interview with him below.