Moody blue news

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It's news about the Moody Blues and it makes me moody and blue, so the title works two ways.

Just found out that Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock band The Moody Blues, passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 76. No cause given but he did battle prostate cancer in 2013. The Moodies originally started in 1964 and went through a number of lineup changes. Ray was part of the original band and remained through many of the changes until retiring in 2002.

He was an eclectic musician, singing, playing flute and other winds (including the famous flute solo in their hit "Nights in White Satin"), as well as various percussion like tamborines and maracas as needed. Like the other members of the band, he was a songwriter and contributed to many of their albums. His songs never became big hits like those of band mates Justin Hayward and John Lodge, but they were often beautiful little musical gems. "Lazy day", "For my lady", "Celtic Sonant", and more remain among my favorite Moody Blues' songs.

Sadly, he just missed seeing the band inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame, scheduled for this year's ceremony, though he did hear the news that they were being inducted before he died.

From the Live at Red Rocks concert video, one of his best:


And a lovely little gem from Key to the Kingdom. The spoken opening words aren't by Ray. They are from a Celtic blessing that actually appears as closing words in the UU hymn book and that I have used in services.

 
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I first discovered the Moody Blue in the seventies, oddly enough during their three years hiatus from '74-'77. During that time, lead singer Justin Hayward recorded a couple songs for a musical adaptation of the classic s-f novel "The War of the Worlds" which I, a fan of the novel, snapped up and loved. I started hearing their music after that, and was a fan of the revived band when they returned to action. Ray Thomas became a favorite of mine and, sadly, had already retired by the time I finally saw them in concert. That resonant voice and knack for short, tuneful ballads really caught my ear.
 

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Listened to them A LOT during my university years. Sad to realize so many musicians "of my generation" have died this year ... they somehow seemed timeless.
 

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A live performance of "Isn't Life Strange" featuring Ray in his other role as the band's flautist.

 

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This past Saturday, the Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. Only amateur footage up on Youtube right now, but it looks like it was a heck of a show. Original Moodies keyboard player Mike Pindar, who left the band in 1980, was back though he didn't play and, to be honest, seemed a little lost. Denny Laine, original lead singer and guitar player, who was replaced by Justin Hayward in 1966, also put in an appearance. But the focus was on the three remaining active members: Justin Hayward (vocals and guitar), John Lodge (vocals and bass), and Graeme Edge (drums and poetry). And even from the so-so video I watched, they rocked. "Nights in White Satin", "Ride My See-Saw", "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band" and "Wildest Dreams". Still, good as the young lady who took over Ray's spot on Justin's right was, Ray was missed and I was happy that at the end of "Nights", there was an image of him playing his flute on the screen above them. If I find better footage, I will post it. Given their ages (not sure about Justin and John, but Graeme said he is 77), this is probably close to the end of their careers so I'm glad things went well.
 

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One thing I had wondered is why Ann Wilson of rock band Heart was chosen to induct the Moodies. She isn't the first person who would come to my mind as the person to induct them. According to one story I read, Ann actually asked for the honour. She's a fan herself and Justin Hayward was apparently an influence on her own songwriting.
 

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To the music of the Moody Blues, presumably, not the band themselves. If the latter, I am now terminally jealous.:cool:
I felt she was saying when she was inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame.
 

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Haha, you don't know me.


I was introduced to the music by my older brother. My brother was hip
 
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