You need flash!
no cover -  

The Moody Blues

classic rock Progressive rock rock 60s psychedelic

    The Moody Blues are an English band formed in Birmingham in 1964, initially consisting of keyboardist Mike Pinder, multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas, guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick.

    They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music. After some early lineup changes, the band settled on a line-up of Pinder, Thomas, Edge, guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge, which would stay together for most of the band's "classic era" through the late 1960s-early 1970s. Their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established the band as pioneers in the development of art rock and . Days Of Future Passed has been described as a "landmark" and "one of the first successful concept albums".

    The Moody Blues became known internationally by recordings of songs including "Go Now", "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", "Question" and "Your Wildest Dreams". The band has been awarded 18 platinum and gold LP’s. The band sold 70 million albums worldwide. The Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

    The Moody Blues formed in 1964 in Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire. Ray Thomas, a young John Lodge and (occasionally) Mike Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels. They disbanded when Lodge, the youngest member, went to technical college and Pinder joined the army. Pinder then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats. Back from a disappointing spell in the Hamburg region a few months later, the pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine and band manager-turned-drummer Graeme Edge. Pinder and Thomas initially approached their former El Riot bandmate John Lodge about being the bass player, but Lodge declined as he was still in college. They instead recruited bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The name developed from a hoped-for sponsorship from the M&B Brewery which failed to materialise, the band calling themselves both "The M Bs" and "The M B Five", and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song "Mood Indigo". In an interview it was revealed that the band was named "Moody Blues" because Mike Pinder was interested in how music changes people's moods and due to the fact that the band was playing blues at the time. Around this time the band were the resident group at the Carlton Ballroom, later to become rock music venue Mothers on Erdington High Street.

    The Moody Blues' "rich symphonic sound" influenced groups such as Yes, Genesis, the Electric Light Orchestra and Deep Purple. They also helped make synthesizers and philosophy "part of the rock mainstream".

    The Moody Blues are members of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In 2013, readers of Rolling Stone Magazine voted for them as one of the ten bands that should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ultimate Classic Rock called them "perennial victims of an unaccountable snubbing" and inducted them into its own Hall of Fame in 2014.

    Writing for The Guardian in 2015, Rob Chapman described the band as "psychedelia's forgotten heroes". He stated: "Despite their success, rock critics rarely took the Moody Blues seriously, a pattern that continued for the next 45 years." He also wrote: "Despite the critical disapproval, the best of the Moody Blues music between 1967 and 1970 possessed grace and beauty. Like The Beatles, they understood how pop songs worked as ensemble pieces. None of them were particularly virtuosic or showy as musicians and their music is refreshingly free of the noodling longeurs that characterised the output of their more self-indulgent contemporaries."

    In December 2017, the band were announced as inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On 14 April 2018, they were inducted as part of the 2018 class. During his acceptance speech in Cleveland, OH, Justin Hayward said, "If you didn't know already, well we're just a bunch of British guys, but of course to us and to all British musicians, this is the home of our heroes and we all know that…" acknowledging the inspirational role of America's rock and roll icons. During the ceremony, Ray Thomas was included as a star that was lost in the past year.

    The Moody Blues 6180227dcb7f0b67521afc5dd5dec492 The Moody Blues 0818494fa3913de22dda5f236bb4db62 The Moody Blues 797bcbd5f7e5c163eb5c0e78d94b7813 The Moody Blues 4dec9e063bb64e62991b3cd5068173c6 The Moody Blues ca5614413659460eaa843e6c640e2dd3 The Moody Blues b900e686fcad6e084b829912222d2393 The Moody Blues f88bd4c3c3d440858a38dbba40939843 The Moody Blues 98e88295b3ac4495873459e9346684bd The Moody Blues 5ac4c34eb103cadfe428b05cf47b51f0 The Moody Blues a016ad6592084dae861783c77c0ab8af The Moody Blues 7bfd8730898e43b883860f242b15b094 The Moody Blues 0630e0c3930b47279c43d240065ad06c The Moody Blues 3fb2e1fd252046998c36ea76e914a427 The Moody Blues 5c134273d6f64b27b6c7c47f6c253a50 The Moody Blues 0c1050b0d7b54958951df727e7aefcea The Moody Blues 62c7503cfd994b38be4416e25a127f29 The Moody Blues f514843a5d9a4afda0e644b2e8a7d8e4 The Moody Blues 762a090113634f3a9776e172f2b4c412 The Moody Blues 1a4f3573d8e043729bb1c9816ef893e6 The Moody Blues 66f96d02f50c499c991d83c78239460c The Moody Blues 3b477133c2e84739802e69c767ab5316 The Moody Blues acd352630a17438e898a4d29a5f2c078 The Moody Blues 0d4343d21f624b42ba78d1524aaa1bbf The Moody Blues a4098b9d4af071bb33d14b551445c305 The Moody Blues bcaa47f830c9405287f8723056490450 The Moody Blues 8d9fa6fc78734472bdcdcb8540560a71 The Moody Blues f8d4c089e52c462992b64b8d9e5862ce The Moody Blues 43595d0f578c4079b21512eedb542fa2 The Moody Blues 16bd2669ddf846ceb3c27fbb639a61d6 The Moody Blues 52a5a22818ac406094cb536b48158373 The Moody Blues 86feed64a730453cb9c2a8327acc5463 The Moody Blues 3b017ffafbe94c28bec1a4529b9398cb