|ELO: (L-R) Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Roy Wood|
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that George Harrison’s son, Dhani, will induct the Electric Light Orchestra as part of the Class Of 2017 at New York’s Barclays Center on April 7.
The Beatles guitarist worked closely with ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne through the years, including co-producing Harrison’s 1987 album, “Cloud Nine”, and as bandmates in The Traveling Wilburys. The pair regrouped to work on another solo album, “Brainwashed”, during which Harrison passed away from lung cancer and the project was completed by Dhani and Lynne before its release in 2002.
Lynne and fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty inducted George posthumously as a solo artist into the Rock Hall in 2004, with Dani joining them for a live performance that evening.
ELO co-founders Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan – alongside Richard Tandy – will be honored during the 2017 event next month alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.
Bevan has confirmed that he will miss the band’s induction due to prior commitments.
Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970, ELO had a string of hits through the 1970s including “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Strange Magic” and “Telephone Line” before shutting things down in 1986.
Bevan carried on as “ELO Part II” before selling his half of the rights to the ELO brand to Lynne in early 2000.
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