Now airing throughout October on VH1 Classic is Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne And ELO. The documentary, which contains unbelievable access to Lynne at work in him home studio in L.A., features testimonials from such high profile friends and collaborators as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, ELO bandmate Richard Tandy, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Roy Orbison's widow Barbara Orbison, and Monty Python's Eric Idle. Check you local listings for stations and times.
In the documentary, Paul McCartney talks about the power of ELO's 1977 Out Of The Blue album standout, "Mr. Blue Sky": "I mean, I'm a sucker for sorta the hits, so 'Mr. Blue Sky' is a pretty special song. It's probably the one that everyone would choose, so it's a bit boring to choose it. But it is great. I mean, it just works -- and it you're in the car and it's a nice day, it really works."
Although McCartney had met Lynne in the '70s and had long admired his work, it wasn't until George Harrison nominated him to produce the Beatles' mid-'90s Anthology reunion sessions that McCartney and Lynne ever recorded together: "I think it was George who said, 'No, we need a producer, y'know, we. . . it could be dangerous just all going in the studio, it could get nasty.' 'Cause you got egos flying around, surprisingly."
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