Telephone Line
Electric Light Orchestra
ELO 1977 Telephone Line 45

Telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977
  • peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles chart in 1977
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from ELO's sixth studio album, A New World Record (1976)
  • featured in the 1977 film Joyride starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Robert Carradine and Melanie Griffith
  • Jeff Lynne: "To get the sound on the beginning, you know, the American telephone sound, we phoned from England to America to a number that we know nobody would be at, to just listen to it for a while. On the Moog we recreated the sound exactly by tuning the oscillators to the same notes as the ringing of the phone"
  • ELO:
         Jeff Lynne - vocals, lead, rhythm, acoustic and slide guitars, piano, Minimoog
         Richard Tandy - piano, moog synths, electric guitars, Mellotron, Wurlitzer e.p., vocals
         Kelly Groucutt - vocals, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
         Bev Bevan - drums, Minimoog drum, percussion, timpani, gong, backing vocals
         Mik Kaminski - violin
         Hugh McDowell - cello
         Melvyn Gale - cello
  • written by Jeff Lynne
  • produced by Jeff Lynne
  • recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
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