At long last, ELO’s Jeff Lynne has been saluted by royalty. Lynne received the prestigious OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Lynne said in a statement, ‘I am extremely humbled and grateful to be awarded this honour for my services to music. To be recognized for my work is an extraordinary privilege.” Royal honors are awarded twice yearly — on the queen’s official birthday and at new year.

  • FAST FACTS
  • The Queen’s Honors are bestowed in the name of Queen Elizabeth II and are recommended by a panel that considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from members of the public. (Reuters)
  • There are five British orders of chivalry: The highest being the Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE); the Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE); Commander (CBE) Officer (OBE); and Member (MBE).
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  • Among the other musicians with OBE royal honors are Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Sting, Roger Daltrey, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albert Hammond, Peter Asher, Gerry Marsden, Joan Armatrading, Annie Lennox, Mark Knopfler, Graham Nash, Tim and Neil Finn, and Jools Holland of Squeeze.

SIDE NOTES

  • Last November Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s released From Out Of Nowhere, which peaked at Number Six on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.
  • Also out now is the band’s latest live collection, titled Wembley Or Bust. The 22-song set, captured live at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 24th, 2017 in front of an estimated 80,000 fans, features such classic Electric Light Orchestra songs as “Evil Woman,” “Showdown,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Do Ya,” “Xanadu,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Turn To Stone,” “Don’t Bring Me Down” — and even a take on the Traveling Wilburys’ signature tune, “Handle With Care.”

CHECK IT OUT: “Turn To Stone” from Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s Wembley Or Bust: