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He has played with three bands who have all enjoyed a Top 20 presence in the UK Singles Chart; Altered Images, Hipsway and Texas. Two of those groups (Altered Images and Texas) have had Top 20 UK Albums Chart hits.
McElhone contributed the musical part of co-writing the bulk of Texas's material.
He is the son of Scottish Labour Party politicians Frank and Helen McElhone. He is the father of child actor Jack McElhone, who co-starred with Gerard Butler and Emily Mortimer in the 2004 film Dear Frankie.
- British Hit Singles - 14th Edition - ISBN 0-85156-156-X
- The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
- Guinness Rockopedia - ISBN 0-85112-072-5
- The Great Rock Discography - 5th Edition - ISBN 1-84195-017-3
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