Stars on 45 was a Dutch novelty pop act that was briefly very popular in the United
Kingdom, throughout Europe, the United States and Australia in early 1979. The
band, which consisted solely of studio session musicians under the direction of Jaap
Eggermont, formerly of Golden Earring, popularised the medley, by recreating hit songs
as faithfully as possible and stringing them together, with a common tempo and
relentless underlying drum track. The point was to provide a danceable disco
record which used familiar tunes.
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are a British rock group from Birmingham, England,
who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in
2001. ELO were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create
modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure
following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's
original compositions and produced every album. ELO collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA
and 38 BPI awards and sold over 50 million records worldwide during the group's
active period of recording and touring.