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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Recording artist Jeff Lynne performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne celebrates his birthday today (December 30th), and while it’s no secret that Lynne has written and produced for countless artists, sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many artists and projects where he’s credited.  In his honor, here’s just a handful of songs you may have forgot were written or co-written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

We’ll see Jeff Lynne’s ELO on August 24 at Wells Fargo Center.

Roy Orbison – “You Got It” 

Featured on the last album recorded by Orbison, this hit was also co-written by Tom Petty, who along with Lynne, Orbison, Bob Dylan and George Harrison made up the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

Roy Orbison - You Got It

Roy Orbison's official music video for 'You Got It'. Click to listen to Roy Orbison on Spotify: As featured on You Got It: Greatest Hits.



Tom Petty – “Running Down A Dream”

Lynne, of course, co-wrote/co-produced Petty’s smash debut solo album Full Moon Fever released in 1989.  Frankly, it’s difficult to pick just one song to represent that entire album.  It’s is absolutely packed with incredible tracks!

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream

Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Runnin' Down A Dream. (C) 1989 Geffen Records




The Pussycat Dolls – “Beep”

This one might be a surprise for most, but after a quick listen to the first minute of this song, and anyone with half a clue will hear ELO’s “Evil Woman” sampled.

The Pussycat Dolls - Beep ft.

Music video by The Pussycat Dolls performing Beep. (C) 2005 A&M Records




Half The Xanadu Soundtrack

The first thought of most when thinking of Xanadu is Olivia Newton-John, followed by Gene Kelly, but half of the film’s soundtrack (five songs) were written by Lynne and recorded by ELO, including the super catchy “I’m Alive.”

I'm alive from Xanadu

Uploaded by estupido7490 on 2013-05-31.



Brian Wilson – “Let It Shine”

Featured on Wilson first solo album, “Let It Shine” is one of the few tracks on this release that didn’t feature a song writing credit from Wilson’s then therapist Eugene Landy.

Let It Shine (Remastered)

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Let It Shine (Remastered) · Brian Wilson Brian Wilson ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company, produced under license from Warner Bros. Records, Inc. Background Vocals, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards: Andy Paley Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals: Brian Wilson Producer: Russ Titelman Programmer: Michael Bernard Vocal Arranger, Writer: Brian Wilson Writer: Jeff Lynne Auto-generated by YouTube.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.