Roy Wood

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Roy Wood (born 8 November 1946) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as member and co-founder of The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard.

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Roy Wood
Wood in 2011
Wood in 2011
Background information
Born (1946-11-08) 8 November 1946 (age 77)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • composer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • cello
  • saxophone
  • oboe
  • percussion
  • keyboards
Years active1964–present
Formerly of
Spouse(s)Unknown (divorced)
Maureen Holmes (divorced)[3][4]

Wood formed The Move in 1965, and had hits including "Flowers in the Rain". While the Move were still together, Wood, along with his band colleagues Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, founded Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), which was later to gain major commercial success. After increasing tensions, Wood left ELO in 1972 and formed a new group, Wizzard, who had seven hits, including Wood's most regularly broadcast song, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".

As a songwriter, Wood contributed a number of hits to the repertoire of The Move, ELO and Wizzard. Altogether, he had more than 20 singles in the UK Singles Chart under various guises, including three UK No. 1 hits. Wood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of Electric Light Orchestra.[5]

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