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"Mr. Radio"
Song by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album
The Electric Light Orchestra ( No Answer)
Recorded1970 – 1971 Philips studios, London
Genre Art rock, symphonic rock
Label Harvest (UK)
United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne

"Mr. Radio" is a song recorded by the Electric Light Orchestra.

The song was the scheduled second single release from the band's debut album written by Jeff Lynne and is track number six on their 1971 debut album, The Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer in the US). The tune is written in a 1920s American style about a man whose wife has left him and his only companion is his radio. [1] The orchestral intro to the song is played backwards and is an early example of what would be Lynne's trademark ELO production style.[ citation needed]

The beginning and the end of the number contains backwards samples of a Mozart symphony, and in the bridge section there is a distantly heard piece of backmasking, with Lynne singing, "Hello, Mr. Radio," which is flipped backwards and augmented with reverberation. [2]

The single edit can be found on a 2005 compilation album, Harvest Showdown and on the Harvest Years 1970-1973 compilation. A remastered version would appear on the box set Flashback and later on remastered versions of their first album. [3]


  1. ^ Van der Kiste, John (2017). Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song. Fonthill Media. ISBN  9781781556009. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Jeff Lynne Song Database - Exposing the Secrets!".
  3. ^ "40th anniversary special edition of ELO's debut album".