An Answer to 'No Answer'

February 22, 2006

{Urban Legends Reference Pages: Music (No Answer) } – “The legend differs slightly in some the details from telling to telling, but the basic premise is that when United Artists was preparing to schedule Electric Light Orchestra’s debut album for release in the U.S., someone from United Artists (either an executive or his secretary) placed a call to someone connected with ELO (either an executive at Harvest Records or the group’s manager) to find out, among other things, what the LP should be titled. The caller, having failed to reach the desired party, jotted down the notation “no answer,” a phrase which was mistaken for an album title and assigned to the U.S. version of the group’s debut record. “

Sidenote: Don Arden is the father of Sharon Osbourne.