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Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

ELO is not a one-hit wonder. But Mr. Blue Sky is a GREAT song.

It’s been a long, dreary winter. But today the sun shines brightly. Since about 1979 the first real day of spring always reminds me of “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra (or ELO).

This bouncy ditty is a joyous ode to sunshine and produced in a poppy Beatlesque style by Jeff Lynne, the brains behind ELO since 1971.

I’ve always thought the song sounded like a missing track from The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s like the little brother to “A Day in the Life” minus the John Lennon intro. Just all the peppy, poppy McCartney bits. In fact, the entire song sounds like it’s based on the section that begins at 2:22 with these memorable lyrics:
Woke up
Fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head…

String section? Check
Bouncy beat? Double check.
Memorable melody? Triple check.
Dramatic orchestral and piano finish? Quadruple check.

Mr. Blue Sky” is probably the best Paul McCartney song McCartney never wrote.

The song comes from ELO’s 1977 double-album titled Out Of The Blue that also featured the big radio hits “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Turn to Stone.” Or you can get all these songs and more on “The Essential Electric Light Orchestra.”

There’s more to The Beatles connection that Jeff Lynne’s manic obsession with the band. He was also chosen to produce the only real Beatle’s reunion song from 1994: “Real Love” from Anthology 2. It’s the last time all four Beatles “performed” together.

Listen to “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

Hear “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles

A Day in the Life

Watch “Mr. Blue Sky” video

Hear the Jeff Lynne-produced Beatles song “Real Love”

Real Love

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5 Responses to "Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)"

  1. Strom says:

    Even more “Beatles connection” – Mr Lynne, Mr Harrison, et al – Traveling Wilburys…

  2. Matt Thurston says:

    Any explanation for the resurgence of Mr. Blue Sky during the 00’s? It’s been used in Volkswagon commercials. Sears commercials. And in several movies, most notably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And Martian Child with John Cusack. Even saw it recently in Paul Blart: Mall Cop:

    We need not get into why/how I saw Paul Blart: Mall Cop in the first place.

    It has also been used in several movie trailers, like Adaptation.

  3. Michael Waterman says:

    Mr. Blue Sky is one of those rare songs that gets more popular with age. When it first came out I rarely heard it on the radio. And ELO was all over the radio in the late 1970s. But you’re right: it pops up all over the place today. I’m impressed you could drop so many Mr. Blue Sky film references, though.

  4. Glenn Dakin says:

    I even think it’s Paul McCartney doing the brief weather report at the start of the new version of Mr BLue Sky! GIve it a close listen…

  5. Kenneth Antonsen says:

    The orchestration on the final of the song reminds me a lot of David Bowies “Life on Mars?”. Too close to be just a coincidence? Anyway, a masterpiece from ELO!

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