Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who gained fame in the 1970s as the leader and sole constant member of Electric Light Orchestra. In 1988, under the pseudonyms Otis Wilbury and Clayton Wilbury, he co-founded the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.
After ELO’s original disbandment in 1986, Lynne released two solo albums: Armchair Theatre (1990) and Long Wave (2012). In addition, he began producing various artists, with his songwriting and production collaborations with ex-Beatles leading him to co-produce their mid 1990s reunion singles “Free as a Bird” (1995) and “Real Love” (1996).
Lynne has been married twice. First to Rosemary in 1970 (divorced 1977) and then to Sandi Kapelson in 1979, with whom he has two daughters: Laura (born December 1979) and Stephanie (born 1981). He has been in high profile relationships with Rosie Vela and currently Camelia Kath, widow of Chicago guitarist, Terry Kath and former wife of actor Kiefer Sutherland.
Since selling the 15th-century Grade II listed Walsh Hall near Meriden to UB40’s Robin Campbell in 1995, Lynne has lived in Beverly Hills, California.