THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
970-Electric Light Orchestra-Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle.
1974-Number 22 single.
Best Bit-At 2.27.In the UK they are affectionately known as the ‘ELO,’ in the States they are called ‘The English guys with the big fiddles.’
Roy Wood of The Move (see also best songs 575) wanted to create a band incorporating violins, cellos. string basses, horns and woodwind to give his music a ‘classical sound,’ taking Rock music in the direction to ‘Pick up where the Beatles left off.’ Together with Bev Bevan, and Jeff Lynne who was now a member of The Move they created the Electric Light Orchestra. In 1972 after the release of their self titled debut Album Wood left the group to form Wizzard (see also best songs 821 and 239.) Since then Jeff Lynne has been the driving force behind the ELO, writing and producing nearly all of their output (see also best songs 25.)
‘Ma-Ma-Ma- Belle’s’ lyrics are not easy to decipher, but it is probably just a simple love song, with the narrator stating he will do anything to make her his. The song is noteworthy for Marc Bolan playing guitar on the track.
‘There’s one thing that’s on my mind, and that’s getting hold of you before I serve my time.’
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