I wish I was a boy again With my life spread before me You should have known me then They were sunny days of love and friends.
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Electric Light Orchestra – 10538 Overture

Electric Light Orchestra – 10538 Overture
Vinyl, 7", Single
HAR 5053
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S HAR 5053 A-1 II
S HAR 5053 B-1 II
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Instead of "First Movement (Jumping Biz)", a song from Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll Part 1&2" was pressed.

Producers: Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne
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Electric Light Orchestra – 10538 Overture – The song, written by Jeff Lynne, was first recorded as an intended B-side for a single by the Move, Lynne’s previous group. Both Roy Wood and Lynne sang on it, as happened later with The Move’s “California Man”. The song is about an escaped prisoner; Lynne wanted to give the character in the song a number, as opposed to a name, and he chanced upon the number 1053 while looking at the mixing console. Wood suggested adding an “8” to fit the melody better. Although intended to be a song for The Move, after cello parts were added it became the Electric Light Orchestra‘s first release. It was during the single’s chart run that Wood left ELO, emerging later in the year with a new band called Wizzard.


  • UK Singles Chart 9
  • Dutch Top 40 24
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