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From Studios To Stadiums: Jeff Lynne And The Story Of ELO

Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" is one of Jeff Lynne's favorite songs to have co-written.
Joseph Cultice
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Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" is one of Jeff Lynne's favorite songs to have co-written.

Over the last half century, Jeff Lynnehas left an indelible mark on popular music. Not only has he been the mastermind behind Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) since the '70s, but he was also a member of classic rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and he's produced the Beatles, Regina Spektor, Tom Pettyand more. In recent years, you may have heard his songs popping up on all sorts of soundtracks – from "Mr. Blue Sky" in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to my personal favorite, "Telephone Line," in the movie Billy Madison.

After releasing the 2015 album Alone in the Universe, Jeff Lynne returned to touring with ELO for the first time since the '80s. Inspired by a show he played in 2017 at Wembley Stadium, he wrote the song "Time Of Our Life" for his latest record, From Out of Nowhere. Listen closely and you can even hear crowd sounds from the concert.

In this session, you'll hear what his favorite ELO soundtrack appearance is and all about his new album, From Out of Nowhere. That and more in the player above.

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World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).
Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She was also involved with Canada's highest music honors: hosting the Polaris Music Prize Gala from 2017 to 2019, as well as serving on the jury for both that award and the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News.