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ELO's Jeff Lynne's special day

Posted: Sun 16 Mar 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Electric Light Orchestra legend and big Bluenose Jeff Lynne was recently honoured with a star on Birmingham's Walk of Stars.

And, during the presentation, club photographer Roy Smiljanic was also on hand to present the Brummie rock hero with another special memento - a signed Blues shirt, which will now take pride of place alongside his gold discs on the wall of his Los Angeles home.

The composer and music producer, whose hit 'Mr Blue Sky' is played before every home fixture at St. Andrew's, will now have his name etched on the Second City's famous Broad Street.

During a glitzy ceremony which was attended by several former Blues players and managers, Jeff was presented with his Birmingham-made commemorative star by good friend and fellow Bluenose Jasper Carrott.

When asked by Jasper whether he'd prefer another multi-million worldwide selling album, being made a freeman of the city of Birmingham or seeing Blues lift the Champions League, Jeff opted for the latter.

Jeff was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame last year in recognition of a vast and illustrious career that has included a highly successful production and writing career, a solo career and the creative direction of the fifty million record-selling Electric Light Orchestra.

You can check out a selection of Roy's photos from the event above. 

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