10538 Overture

“10538 Overture” is the debut single by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1972. 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.

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10538 Overture
Released: 23.06.1972
Media: Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM
 Country: United Kingdom 
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