Chosen by Q magazine
Presented by James Dean Bradfield
Winner: Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne started his career in short-lived Brummie psych outfit The Idle Race, before joining fellow songwriter Roy Wood in the latter days of The Move. With Wood and Lynne both interested in combining classical instruments with their usual rock kit, the pair developed The Move mark II into the Electric Light Orchestra. Creative differences caused Wood to depart, leaving Lynne to take ELO to massive success around the world with enormous hits such as Mr Blue Sky, Living Thing, Evil Woman and Xanadu. Their album Out Of The Blue was a defining album of the 70s, but Lynne moved on in the early 80s to become a producer for artists such as Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman and the Everly Brothers. This superior networking led to the formation in 1988 of The Traveling Wilburys, featuring Lynne and showbiz mates, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Always with a keen ear for a Beatlesque melody (he was the production mastermind behind the 1995 Beatles "reunion" single Free As A Bird), Lynne is one of the most unique talents of the last 40 years and as such is a fitting Q Icon.
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