The Moody Blues

English rock band

The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They were created in Birmingham in 1964. At first, the band had keyboardist Mike Pinder, multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas, guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The group came became famous for their rhythm and blues music. They made some changes in musicians but settled on a line-up of Pinder, Thomas, Edge, guitarist Justin Hayward, and bassist John Lodge, who stayed together for most of the band's "classic era" into the early 1970s.

The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 1970; from left to right: Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, John Lodge.
The Moody Blues at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 1970; from left to right: Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, John Lodge.
Background information
OriginBirmingham, England
Years active
  • 1964 (1964)–present
  • (hiatus: 1974–1977)
Past member(s)

Their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a combination of rock with classical music. This made the band early creators in the development of art rock and progressive rock.[2][7] It has been described as a "landmark" and "one of the first successful concept albums".[2] The group toured a lot in the early 1970s. Then, they took a long break from 1974 until 1977. Founder Mike Pinder left the group a year after they re-formed. He was replaced by Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz in 1978. In the following decade they took on a more synth-pop sound. They created The Other Side of Life in 1986. This made them the first band to earn each of its first three top 10 singles in the United States in a different decade.[8] Health problems led to a smaller role for founder Ray Thomas throughout the 1980s. However, he made more music after Moraz left in 1991. Thomas left the band in 2002. The band's most recent album was December (2003), a collection of Christmas music. They continued to tour throughout the first decade of the 2000s. They still regroup for some events, one-off concerts, short tours, and cruises.

The Moody Blues' most successful songs include "Go Now", "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", "Question", and "Your Wildest Dreams". The band has sold 70 million albums worldwide.[9] This includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Members change

  • Graeme Edge (b. 30 March 1941 – d. 11 November 2021) – drums, percussion, vocals (1964–2018; died 2021)
  • Ray Thomas (b. 29 December 1941 – d. 4 January 2018) – flute, harmonica, saxophone, percussion, vocals (1964–2002; died 2018)
  • Mike Pinder (born 27 December 1941) – keyboards, vocals (1964–1978)
  • Denny Laine (b. 29 October 1944 – d. 5 December 2023) – guitar, vocals (1964–1966; died 2023)
  • Clint Warwick (b. 25 June 1940/1945 – d. 15 May 2004) – bass, vocals (1964–1966; died 2004)
  • Justin Hayward (born 14 October 1946) – guitar, vocals (1966–2018)
  • John Lodge (born 20 July 1943/1945) – bass, guitar, vocals (1966–2018)
  • Patrick Moraz (born 24 June 1948) – keyboards (1978–1991)

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 James E. Perone (2009). Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion. ABC-CLIO. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-275-99860-8. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Michael Ray, ed. (2012). Disco, punk, new wave, heavy metal, and more: Music in the 1970s and 1980s. Rosen Education Service. p. 107. ISBN 978-1615309085.
  3. Pete Prown; HP Newquist (1997). Legends of Rock Guitar: The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 78. ISBN 978-0793540426. ...British art rock groups such as the Nice, Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, the Moody Blues, and Procol Harum...
  4. Nicholas E. Tawa (2005). Supremely American: Popular Song in the 20th Century: Styles and Singers and what They Said about America. Scarecrow Press. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-8108-5295-2. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018.
  5. Doyle Greene (10 March 2014). The Rock Cover Song: Culture, History, Politics. McFarland. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-4766-1507-3. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018.
  6. Macan, Edward (2005). Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Open Court. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-8126-9596-0. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017.
  7. Greene, Andy (24 April 2013). "Readers' Poll: 10 Bands Who Should Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. Grein, Paul (26 July 1986). "Chart Beat". Billboard. p. 6.
  9. Parker, Matt (25 July 2013). "Justin Hayward on The Moody Blues and writing in corners". MusicRadar. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.

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