Tuesday, 1 April 2014

An Appreciation of Roy Wood

Photograph courtesy of The Birmingham Mail
#691: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Seeing the 2014 version of The Move performing, in part, the songs of Roy Wood last week in Worcester and listening to that superb album of Woody covers by The Flashcubes entitled "Sportin' Wood" led me to think this: Have you ever truly considered the phenomenal chart career of Roy Wood between 1966 and 1975?

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) looked in The Official Charts Company Archive at the chart positions for Roy's hits with The Move and Wizzard (as well as his solo career) and then ordered them by date thus:

Date Artiste Title Position
05/01/1967 The Move Night Of Fear 2
06/04/1967 The Move I Can Hear The Grass Grow 5
06/09/1967 The Move Flowers In The Rain 2
07/02/1968 The Move Fire Brigade 3
25/12/1968 The Move Blackberry Way 1
23/07/1969 The Move Curly 12
25/04/1970 The Move Brontosaurus 7
03/07/1971 The Move Tonight 11
23/10/1971 The Move Chinatown 23
13/05/1972 The Move California Man 7
09/12/1972 Wizzard Ball Park Incident 6
21/04/1973 Wizzard See My Baby Jive 1
11/08/1973 Roy Wood Dear Elaine 18
01/09/1973 Wizzard Angel Fingers  1
01/12/1973 Roy Wood Forever 8
08/12/1973 Wizzard I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day 4
27/04/1974 Wizzard Rock 'n' Roll Winter (Loony's Tune) 6
15/06/1974 Roy Wood Going Down The Road 13
10/08/1974 Wizzard This Is The Story Of My Life (Baby) 34
21/12/1974 Wizzard Are You Ready To Rock? 8
31/05/1975 Roy Wood Oh What A Shame 13

In less than a decade, Roy Wood wrote twenty Top 20 singles (if you include Amen Corner's #4 hit cover of "Hello Suzie"). That's fourteen Top 10 hits and three chart toppers! When you look at the above roster, you begin to both wonder and appreciate the huge musical legacy of the co-founder of The Move, ELO and the creator of: Wizzard. Who else (besides John Lennon, Paul McCartney and a few others) can lay claim to such astounding success in so short a time?

Who knows what would have been further achieved with the correct amount of support from the Ardens?

Dr. Roy Wood ... We salute you!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 01-Apr-2014


  1. Roy Wood is a true legend. His track record speaks for itself. No one in the history of pop music has ever written such high quality singles. The Move are mentioned in the same sentences as the Beatles and Stones, and the Wizzard singles were nothing short of sensational. Roy will never be given enough credit for his outstanding contribution to Music, and what would our lives be like without Jeff Lynne and ELO? Roy Wood is a true genius.

  2. Roy Wood - the brilliant composer of so many great chart hits all with great tunes, vocals and instrumentation. Thank you Roy (not forgetting Eddie and The Falcons).