Musicians of the Midlands – Bev Bevan

Posted by Annie on February 7, 2010

One of the musicians taking part in our charity exhibit this September is Bev Bevan, drummer for ELO, The Move, and even for a time with Black Sabbath (replacing Bill Ward when he became ill) on tour and playing on their Eternal Idol album.

Bev was born in an inner city area of Birmingham called Spark Hill. Deciding to leave a glittering career as a department store buyer, he picked up his drumsticks and played with Denny Laine in a group called Denny Laine and the Diplomats, moving on to The Vikings before finding a place in one of the most influential bands of the 60s called The Move. The Move had nine Top 20 UK singles, and it was Bev and two other members of this group, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, who formed The Electric Light Orchestra. Unlike The Move who never enjoyed success in the USA, ELO found fame there first. The band had 27 Top 40 singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

ELO ended in 1986, and since then Bev has continued to play, in ELO Part II and a reformed version of The Move, Bev Bevan’s Move. He has also written a book about his life as a star in ELO called, ‘The Story of The Electric Light Orchestra.’ He has organised and taken part in several charity gigs to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Barnardos. He now has a weekly radio show on BBC West Midlands and writes a column for The Sunday Mercury: blogs.sundaymercury.net/bev-bevan/

Bev has kindly agreed to loan Memories in Music items from his personal collection for our charity display at St Pauls Gallery. Among these is a tour jacket from his ELO days. Check out some of Bev’s columns, and of course, his music. Bev Bevan has made a huge contribution to music history.

Are you a fan of ELO? Have you seen them in concert, have memorabilia to loan or share on the website? Met Bev? We’re looking for fans to share their memories. Get in touch and your memories will become part of our exhibit in the Gallery and part of the website.

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2 Responses to “Musicians of the Midlands – Bev Bevan”

  1. Jose Luis Schenone Says:

    Hi Annie, we met at Facebook, I don’t remember if was by Raymond Froggatt or Trevor Burton fan site.
    I’m an ELO fan I saw the band with Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy, when played at CBS in Los Angeles in 2001 and also have the opportunity to travel to UK to see play to Roy Wood, Trevor Burton with Richard Tandy, Brum Rocks, Mike Edwards, Dave Morgan, The Move with Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan and also ELO part 2, here in my country, Argentina. And few month ago I stayed with Hugh McDowell.
    You can see my memorabilia and great treasures in my website called Wild West Hero and its address is: http://www.wildwesthero-elo.com.ar/boloqui/schenone.html I also wrote a book about ELO and their members called More Light For The Orchestra.
    If I can help in any way, please contact me.
    I wish the charity exhibit will have a lot of people, good luck.

  2. Annie Says:

    I certainly remember you Jose. Drop me an email – I’d appreciate you taking part in the Midlands Exhibit! I’m always looking for fans who want to get involved in the fund raising.