An hour of music that got the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"When I came to The Moody Blues, we were a rhythm and blues band. I was lousy at rhythm and blues - I think the rest of us were." – Justin Hayward, Singer, The Moody Blues
Starting off as a traditional British Invasion Rhythm and Blues-influenced band, the first incarnation of the Moody Blues bore little resemblance to the band whose music got the group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018. That incarnation would feature Denny Laine, who would go onto a successful career in the 1970's with another British Invasion star, Paul McCartney, in Wings. With the arrival of John Lodge and Justin Heyward shortly after, they would re-tool their sound in to the symphonic powerhouse that would influence a generation of progressive rock acts, most notably bringing into the realm of Rock music the Mellotron, an early sampler that used tape loops.
The Moody Blues, 1970 (l-r) Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward,Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge and John Lodge. Photographer unknown, courtesy of UMG.
They would release one of the first and most successful concept albums, Days of Future Passed in 1967, which became a massive hit five years after it was first released in the States reaching the #2 spot while their Seventh Sojourn LP held the #1 spot. They called it a day in the mid-1970's, only to regroup, replacing Mike Pinder with former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz in the early 1980's with Long Distance Voyager and be only one of a handful of groups in chart history to have #1 albums before and after their break-up, which also sparked a resurgence in classic rock acts that saw many older acts make huge comebacks.
This program is dedicated to Ray Thomas, one of the founding members of the band, who passed away on 04 January 2018, just months before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I would also like to say Happy Birthday to one of our shows biggest fans, Ryan Duncum, who's birthday is tomorrow and is a huge fan of Progressive Rock.
Our tracks this week: Title, Source
1. I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, Seventh Sojourn
2. The Afternoon (aka Tuesday Afternoon), Days of Future Passed
3. Go Now, The Magnificent Moodies
4. Question, A Question of Balance
5. The Voice, Long Distance Voyager
6. Never Comes the Day, On the Threshold of a Dream
7. Ride My See-Saw, In Search of the Lost Chord
8. Higher and Higher, To Our Children's Children's Children
9. Gypsy, To Our Children's Children's Children
10. Gemini Dream, Long Distance Voyager
11. A Simple Game, single A-side (The Four Tops, with the Moody Blues performing back up)
12. The Story in Your Eyes, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
13, Nights in White Satin, Days of Future Passed
Love to you all.
Ben "Bear" Brown Jr., owner
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