Did You Know: “Don’t Bring Me Down” By Electric Light Orchestra

Today’s ‘Ticket’s @ 2 song is “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Electric Light Orchestra.

This was the first ELO song that did not use strings. After recording it, they fired their string section, leaving 4 members in the band.

This is the highest charting ELO hit in both the UK and US, although ELO’s “Xanadu” collaboration with Olivia Newton-John did hit # 1 in the UK.

ELO leader Jeff Lynne wrote the song late in the session for the Discovery album. He came up with the track by looping the drums from a song he recorded earlier, then coming up with more music on piano. The words came last, as Lynne sput down some lyrics about a girl who thinks she’s too good for the guy she’s with.

It turned out to be a good song for astronauts enjoying their time in space. It was played to astronauts on the Space Shuttle Columbia as their wake up call on July 6, 1996 – they were in flight longer than expected because of bad weather on the ground.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #7 to win a pair of tickets to see a Bowl tradition, the Grease Sing-A-Long Saturday, July 13th at the Hollywood Bowl. Call 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) Good Luck!

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