In the Oct. 30, 1976, issue of Billboard the highest ranking “new entry” on the Top LPs & Tape chart was the Electric Light Orchestra’s sixth album, A New World Record. It debuted at #64 and would eventually peak at #5. The LP is considered the high point for ELO according to Jeff Lynne, the songwriter, arranger, producer and leader for the band. The group continued its fusion of classical music with rock, but this album focused on shorter, more “radio friendly,” pop songs and spawned several singles.
The first single from the LP was “Livin’ Thing” and it became ELO’s fourth Top 20 hit in less than 24 months. The song features an uncredited vocal appearance in the chorus by Patti Quatro, the sister of Suzi Quatro.