It’s taken a while, but Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne finally will be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month, about 22-months after the honor was first announced. The unveiling ceremony for Lynne’s star is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The British singer/songwriter’s commemorative marker will be the 2,548th star placed on the Walk of Fame, and will be located at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building. Tom Petty and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on hand to speak at the event, while Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the festivities. It’ll be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.
Lynne first came to fame when he joined the already-established U.K. group The Move in 1970. After that band broke up, Lynne co-founded Electric Light Orchestra, and he soon became the group’s guiding creative force, writing and producing such big hits as “Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Turn to Stone” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.” Lynne also established himself as a respected producer, working on recordings by famous artists like The Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Petty, Roy Orbison, Walsh and supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, of which he also was a member.
“Jeff Lynne is one of the premier musicians of his time!” says Walk of Fame ceremony producer Ana Martinez. “With longevity and decades of his magical artistry, Lynne has captivated fans with his distinctive style and very memorable sounds.”
Last September, Lynne brought the Electric Light Orchestra back to life when he performed in London’s Hyde Park with a new version of the group under the moniker Jeff Lynne’s ELO.