In 1975, bassist and vocalist Kelly Groucutt[?] joined, and Face The Music was released, from which the major singles were "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic", marking a shift to a more "radio friendly" sound. The multi-platinum album A New World Record was released in 1976 (with "Livin' Thing", a re-release of The Move's "Do Ya", and "Telephone Line"). That was followed by the double album Out Of The Blue, featuring the singles "Turn To Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky". The band then set out on a world tour, with an enormous (and hugely expensive) space ship set in tow.
In 1979, Lynne set out to capitalize on the growing popularity of disco with the album Discovery (or "Disco very" as he has been quoted). The album generated their biggest hit "Don't Bring Me Down", along with "Shine A Little Love" and "Last Train To London". Soon after, ELO was enlisted to provide half of the soundtrack for the musical film Xanadu[?], the other half provided by Olivia Newton-John, who starred in the movie along with Gene Kelly. The movie bombed but the soundtrack did very well, with hit singles from both Newton-John ("Magic") and ELO ("I'm Alive") as well as the title track to the movie, performed by Newton-John with ELO.
In 1981, ELO's sound changed again, moving away from disco and into the 1980s, with the album, Time (single: "Hold On Tight"). Their popularity faded, with two more albums (Secret Messages in 1983, and Balance of Power in 1986) before Lynne moved on to other things. With Lynne's agreement, another version of the band (without him) was formed in 1990 by drummer Bev Bevan, when "Electric Light Orchestra, Part II" was put together, releasing an album that went straight to the bargain bins. A second album was released in 1994 (Power of a million lights).
Jeff Lynne's comeback with ELO started in 2001 with the release of the album Zoom.