Do Ya (The Move song)

Do Ya (The Move song)
"Do Ya"
Single by The Move
A-side "California Man"
Released June 1972
Format 7"
Recorded December 19, 1971 Philips Studios
Genre Rock
Length 4:06 (LP/USA single length)
3.16 (UK single edit)
Label United Artists USA
Harvest Records UK
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
The Move singles chronology
"California Man"
"Do Ya"

"Do Ya" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and recorded by The Move, that became a hit for the Electric Light Orchestra (led by Jeff Lynne, ELO originally being a side project of The Move) in 1976.


Original version by The Move

Written by Jeff Lynne in 1971, it was one of two songs featured on the B-side of the UK hit "California Man" credited to The Move (the other was Roy Wood's "Ella James"). In the US the B-side proved to be more popular than the A and so the song became The Move's only hit in the U.S. albeit a minor one (#93 on the Hot 100 chart). The song was originally titled "Look Out Baby, There's a Plane A-Comin'" (which is sung by Roy Wood at the end of the song). The song was later included on the 2005 remastered version of the Message from the Country album, in both the original single version and an alternate take.

The song was recorded on the same multireel tapes alongside the ELO tracks "From The Sun To The World" and "In Old England Town", the two songs that Roy Wood appeared on from the ELO 2 album.

The song inspired Tom Petty to write the US hit single "Change of Heart" in 1982.


ELO version

"Do Ya"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
B-side "Nightrider"
Released February 1977 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 1976 Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre Hard rock, symphonic rock
Length 3:47
4:09 (un-edited Flashback version)
Label Jet Records
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Do Ya"
"Telephone Line"

ELO began to perform "Do Ya" live with Lynne on lead vocals during 1973-75, and they recorded it in the studio for inclusion on their 1976 album A New World Record. In 2000, Lynne found an unedited alternative mix for the song, also recorded in 1976, that he decided he preferred over the album cut. A digital remaster of the track is included on the compilation box set Flashback.

In 2002, Tallboy Records released a tribute disc to "Do Ya" in the form of a 7" extended-play single, featuring renditions of the song by Kenny Howes and the Yeah!, Parallax Project, Einstein's Sister, and Linus of Hollywood.

Chart positions
Chart (1977) Peak
German Media Control Singles Chart 42
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles 16
U.S. Record World Singles 25

In other media

The ELO version has been used in commercials for and in trailers for the movies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and I Love You, Man.

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