Ticket to the Moon

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"Ticket to the Moon"
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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
A-side "Here Is the News"
Released11 December 1981 (US)
9 January 1982 (UK)
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded1981, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Art rock
Length4:07
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Twilight"
(1981)
"Ticket to the Moon"
(1981)
"Rain Is Falling"
(1982)
Time track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Prologue"
  2. "Twilight"
  3. "Yours Truly, 2095"
  4. "Ticket to the Moon"
  5. "The Way Life's Meant to Be"
  6. "Another Heart Breaks"
Side two
  1. "Rain Is Falling"
  2. "From the End of the World"
  3. "The Lights Go Down"
  4. "Here Is the News"
  5. "21st Century Man"
  6. "Hold on Tight"
  7. "Epilogue"
Music video
"Ticket to the Moon" on YouTube

"Ticket to the Moon" is a popular song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). [1]

Jeff Lynne British rock musician

Jeffrey Lynne is an English songwriter, singer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The group formed in 1970 as an offshoot of the Move, of which Lynne was also a member. Following the departure of Roy Wood in 1972, Lynne assumed sole leadership of the band and wrote, arranged and produced virtually all of its subsequent records. Before, Lynne was also involved with the Idle Race as a founding member and principal songwriter.

Electric Light Orchestra British band

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of Beatlesque rock, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography. After Wood's departure in 1972, Lynne became the band's leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group's only consistent members.

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It was track four on the album Time (1981) and was released as a Double A along with "Here Is the News" in January 1982, reaching number 24 in the UK charts. [2] The song is somewhat reminiscent of their earlier output, featuring grand piano and more strings than their past few singles. Rainer Pietsch conducted the strings on the song. The promo video featured Mik Kaminski on violin.

<i>Time</i> (Electric Light Orchestra album) 1981 album by Electric Light Orchestra

Time is the ninth studio album by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra, released 2 July 1981 on Jet Records. It is a concept album about a man from the 1980s who is taken to the year 2095, where he is confronted by the dichotomy between technological advancement and a longing for past romance. The record topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks and has since attracted a cult following, particularly among retrofuturist enthusiasts.

Here Is the News 1981 single by Electric Light Orchestra

"Here Is the News" is a 1981 song written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

The single was also released as a limited edition 12" picture disc showing the ELO spaceship. The same image was later used as the sleeve design for the UK follow up single "The Way Life's Meant to Be".

The Way Lifes Meant to Be 1982 single by Electric Light Orchestra

"The Way Life's Meant to Be" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The single peaked at number 30 on the German Media Control Singles Chart.

The name was used for a compilation album in 2007, Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2 .

<i>Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2</i> 2007 greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra

Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2 is a 2007 compilation album by Electric Light Orchestra, and is a companion to 2005's All Over the World. The album features most, although not all post-1973 UK singles that did not make the first album, together with band leader and songwriter Jeff Lynne's input of best album tracks.

Personnel

Bev Bevan British drummer

Beverley Bevan is an English rock musician, who was the drummer and one of the original members of The Move and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). After the end of ELO in 1986, he founded ELO Part II.

Richard Tandy is an English musician, best known as the keyboardist in the rock band Electric Light Orchestra ("ELO"). His palette of keyboards was an important ingredient in the group's sound, notably on the albums A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Discovery, and Time. Tandy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 7 April 2017 as a member of Electric Light Orchestra.

Kelly Groucutt English musician

Kelly Groucutt was an English musician who was best known for being the bassist and occasional vocalist for the English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), between 1974 and 1983. He was born in Coseley, West Midlands.

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1982)Peak position
French SNEP Singles Chart4
German Media Control Singles Chart61
Irish Singles Chart [3] 17
UK Singles Chart [2] 24

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013.Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.