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Electric Light Orchestra: "Do Ya"
The Hook: The first song Jeff Lynne wrote that he thought could be a hit.
Album: A New World Record
Writer: Jeff Lynne
Stats: The Move's original recording peaked at number-93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. Five years later, ELO's reached number-24.
Background: ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne was a member of that band's predecessor The Move when he wrote and recorded "Do Ya." Although it wasn't much of a hit, it did graze the bottom of the Hot 100 and get some FM rock radio airplay in 1972. After The Move morphed into ELO, Lynne began performing the song live with that band. Five years later he re-recorded it and it made the Top 25. Lynne talks about the song -- although it wasn't actually quite as big a hit as he thinks it was the first time around.
ELO frontman Jeff Lynne on “Do Ya.” OC:…that song. :18
“It was the first song I ever wrote that I thought could be a hit. It was so insistent, I said, ‘Wow! That sounds like a hit!’ And it got into the Top 40 in America, which is funny enough. It was the first hit I’d ever had anywhere. You know, it was just going to number-40 or something, but it did sort of make an impact on a lot of people, because a lot of people still ask me about that song.”
Music video by Electric Light Orchestra performing Do Ya (Audio). (C) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment