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Encyclopedia > The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues

Background information
Origin Flag of the United Kingdom Birmingham, England
Genre(s) Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Years active 1964 – Present
Label(s) Threshold Records
Website http://www.moodyblues.co.uk
Members
Justin Hayward
John Lodge
Graeme Edge
Former members
Ray Thomas
Michael Pinder
Patrick Moraz
Denny Laine
Clint Warwick (Deceased)

The Moody Blues are a British rock band originally from Birmingham, England. Founding members Michael Pinder and Ray Thomas performed an initially rhythm and blues-based sound in Birmingham in 1964 along with Graeme Edge and others, and were later joined by John Lodge and Justin Hayward as they inspired and evolved the progressive rock style. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, most notably in their seminal 1967 album Days of Future Passed. Album cover to The Moody Blues Nights in White Satin Single, believed to be available under fair use doctrine. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... This article is about the British city. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Symphonic rock is a subgenre of rock music, and more specifically, progressive rock. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Threshold Records was a label created by the Moody Blues after their album On the Threshold of a Dream. ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... John Charles Lodge (born 20 July 1943, in Birmingham, England) is best known as the bass guitar player for the Moody Blues. ... Graeme Charles Edge (born March 30, 1941, in Rochester, Staffordshire, England) is best known as the drummer and a songwriter for the Moody Blues, but has also led his own outfit from time to time, the Graeme Edge Band. ... Ray Thomas (born on 29 December 1941, in Stourport-on-Severn, England) is an English musician best known as the flutist and a composer in the rock band The Moody Blues. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Patrick Moraz Patrick Moraz (born June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland) is a progressive rock keyboard player. ... Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ... Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles, born in Birmingham, England, 1940 – June 3, 2004) was the original bassist for the rock band The Moody Blues. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... See also Birmingham, USA, and other places called Birmingham. ... Michael Pinder established himself as an important rock musician in his work with the Moody Blues during the height of their success. ... Ray Thomas (born on 29 December 1941, in Stourport-on-Severn, England) is an English musician best known as the flutist and a composer in the rock band The Moody Blues. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... See also Birmingham, USA, and other places called Birmingham. ... Graeme Charles Edge (born March 30, 1941, in Rochester, Staffordshire, England) is best known as the drummer and a songwriter for the Moody Blues, but has also led his own outfit from time to time, the Graeme Edge Band. ... John Charles Lodge (born 20 July 1943, in Birmingham, England) is best known as the bass guitar player for the Moody Blues. ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Alternate CD Cover Released in 1990 by Polydor as Deram 820 006-2. ...


The band has had numerous hit albums in the UK, U.S., and worldwide, and has seen several additional musicians come and go, and they remain active even as of 2007, with tour dates in the American Northeast announced. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Founding and early history

The Moody Blues formed on 4 May 1964, in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels, a regionally-popular band. 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 and enjoyed moderate success. The pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine, band manager-turned drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The name developed from a planned sponsorship from the M&B Brewery and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo". is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Erdington constituency shown within Birmingham Erdington is an area in north Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the British city. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Ray Thomas (born on 29 December 1941, in Stourport-on-Severn, England) is a British musician best known as the flutist and a composer in the rock band The Moody Blues. ... John Charles Lodge (born 20 July 1943, in Birmingham, England) is best known as the bass guitar player for the Moody Blues. ... Michael Pinder established himself as an important rock musician in his work with the Moody Blues during the height of their success. ... Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ... Graeme Charles Edge (born March 30, 1941, in Rochester, Staffordshire, England) is best known as the drummer and a songwriter for the Moody Blues, but has also led his own outfit from time to time, the Graeme Edge Band. ... Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles, born in Birmingham, England, 1940 – June 3, 2004) was the original bassist for the rock band The Moody Blues. ... An original Mitchells and Butlers Brewery pub, The Queens Arms, in central Birmingham Mitchells & Butlers plc runs managed pubs, bars and restaurants in over 2,000 outlets. ... This article is about the American Jazz composer and performer. ...


Soon, the band obtained a London-based management company, 'Ridgepride', formed by ex-Decca A&R man Alex Murray (Alex Wharton), who helped them land a recording contract with Decca Records in the spring of 1964. They released a single, "Steal Your Heart Away" that year which made it onto the charts. But it was their second single, "Go Now" (released later that year), which really launched their career, being promoted on TV with one of the first purpose-made promotional films in the pop era, produced and directed by Wharton. The single became a huge hit in the United Kingdom (where it remains their only Number 1 single to date) and in the United States where it reached #10. Alex Wharton (born 1939) later also known as Alex Murray formed a singing duo with Micky Most when they both worked in the famous 2Is coffee bar in Londons Soho. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Bessie Banks originally performed this song, but it was made popular in 1964 when a new sensation, The Moody Blues, recorded it. ...


Wharton left the management firm and the group released a series of unsuccessful singles. In mid-1966, Warwick left the group. He was briefly replaced by Rod Clarke but in November 1966 Laine and Clarke had also departed the group. They were immediately replaced by Pinder and Thomas' El Riot bandmate, John Lodge, and Justin Hayward, formerly of The Wilde Three. The band soon realised that their style of American blues covers and novelty tunes was not working for them and decided to develop an original style. Their new style, featuring the symphonic sounds of Pinder's mellotron and Ray Thomas' flute, was to be developed in a concept album revolving around a day in the life of everyman. John Lodge (born 20 July 1945, in Birmingham, England) is best known as the bass guitar player for the Moody Blues. ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ... â™  This article is about the family of musical instruments. ... In literature and drama, the term everyman has come to mean an ordinary individual, with whom the audience or reader is supposed to be able to identify, and who is often placed in extraordinary circumstances. ...


Deram Records contract and founding of signature style

The Moody Blues' contract with Decca Records was set to expire and they owed the label several thousands of pounds in advances. However, Deram Records (a London/Decca imprint) chose the band to make an LP in order to promote Deramic Stereo and the group was to be forgiven its debt to the label to make a rock and roll version of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony. The Moody Blues agreed but insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. They then convinced Peter Knight, who had been assigned to arrange and conduct the orchestral interludes, to collaborate on a recording of their stage show instead. Deram executives were initially skeptical about the hybrid style of the resulting concept album, Days of Future Passed (1967). However, it was to become one of the most successful commercial releases of all time. Decca producer Tony Clarke was chosen to produce the album and the Moodies carried on a durable working relationship with Clarke who would end up producing all of their albums and singles for the next eleven years. Engineer Derek Varnals would also contribute heavily to the creation of the early Moodies' studio sound. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Deram Records was setup by Decca Records (UK) as a label for alternative artists. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( ; September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk music of his native Bohemiaand Moravia in symphonic, oratorial, chamber and operatic works. ... New World Symphony redirects here; for the Miami-based orchestra, see New World Symphony Orchestra. ... Alternate CD Cover Released in 1990 by Polydor as Deram 820 006-2. ...


The album plus two singles, "Nights in White Satin" and "Forever Afternoon" (more commonly referred to as "Tuesday Afternoon"), became massively popular, as was the 1968 follow-up LP, In Search of the Lost Chord. Also included on this album is the song "Legend of a Mind", a song written by Ray Thomas in tribute to LSD guru Timothy Leary which encompassed a masterful flute solo performed by Thomas. Justin Hayward began playing sitar and incorporating it into Moody Blues music, having been inspired by George Harrison. Graeme Edge found a significant secondary role in the band as a writer of poetry, and nearly all of their early albums from the late 60's begin with Mike Pinder reciting poems by Edge that were conceptually related to the lyrics of the songs that would follow. The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, with heavy amounts of reverb on the vocal tracks, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children - a concept album based around the band's celebration of the first moon landing. The album reportedly even went to the moon on Apollo space missions. (According to the booklet in the 4-disc anthology "Time Traveler") [citation needed] The album closes with the fan-favorite 'Watching and Waiting', composed by Ray Thomas and Justin Hayward. Nights in White Satin is a 1967 song by The Moody Blues, first featured on the album Days of Future Passed. ... In Search of the Lost Chord, released in 1968, was The Moody Blues third album, and their second album to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge. ... Timothy Francis Leary, (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American writer, psychologist, modern pioneer and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... When sound is produced in an enclosed space multiple reflections build up and blend together creating reverberation or reverb. ... To Our Childrens Childrens Children, released in 1969 (see 1969 in music), was The Moody Blues fourth album. ...


Although the Moodies had by now defined a somewhat psychedelic style and helped to define the progressive rock (then also known as 'art rock') sound, the group decided for a while to record only albums that could be played in concert, losing some of their full-blown sound for their next album, A Question of Balance (1970). This album, reaching #3 in the American charts and #1 in the British charts, was indicative of the band's growing success in America. Justin Hayward began an artful exploration of guitar tone through the use of numerous effects pedals and fuzz-boxes, and developed for himself a very melodic buzzing guitar-solo sound. For their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) and Seventh Sojourn (1972) (that reached #1 in both the UK and the U.S.), the band returned to their signature orchestral sound which, while difficult to reproduce in concert, had become their trademark. Edge, the long standing drummer-poet, started writing lyrics intended to be sung, rather than verses to be spoken. Psychedelia in music (or also psychedelic music, less formally) is a term that refers to a broad set of popular music styles, genres and scenes, that may include psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop, psychedelic soul, psychedelic ambient, psychedelic trance, psychedelic techno, and others. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... A Question of Balance is a 1970 album by The Moody Blues. ... Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, the sixth album by the Moody Blues, was released in 1971. ... Seventh Sojourn, released in 1972, was the eighth album released by The Moody Blues. ...


In late 1972, a re-issue of the five-year-old "Nights In White Satin" became the Moody Blues' biggest U.S. hit, soaring to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a certified million-seller; the song had "bubbled under" the Hot 100 charts on its original release. The song also returned to the UK charts, reaching #9, ten places higher than its original release in 1967. “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


The Moodies were also among the pioneers of the idea that a successful rock band could promote itself through its own label, following the Beatles' creation of Apple Records. After their On the Threshold of a Dream album (1969), they created Threshold Records, prompted in part by disputes with London/Deram over album design costs (their gatefold record jackets and expensive cover art were not popular with company executives). Threshold would produce new albums and deliver them to London/Decca who acted as distributor. The group attempted to build Threshold into a major label by developing new talent - most notably the UK hard rock band Trapeze and the Portland, Oregon classical-acoustic sextet Providence - but these efforts proved unsuccessful and the Moodies eventually returned to more traditional recording contracts. However, they did lay the groundwork for other major acts to set up similar personal labels and distribution deals including The Rolling Stones' own label and Led Zeppelin's Swan Song, and all of the Moodies' studio releases from 1969 to 1999 would bear the Threshold logo on at least one of their format versions. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... On the Threshold of a Dream is an album by The Moody Blues released on the Polydor record label. ... Threshold Records was a label created by the Moody Blues after their album On the Threshold of a Dream. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Trapeze were an English rock band formed in March 1969, by vocalist John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley (who named the band), with guitarist Mel Galley, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Providence was a six-piece music group out of Portland, Oregon, USA, circa 1971—1974. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Swan Song Records was a record label launched by Led Zeppelin on May 10, 1974. ... Threshold Records was a label created by the Moody Blues after their album On the Threshold of a Dream. ...


Hiatus, solo work

In 1973, the group took an extended break — originally announced as a permanent break-up - Justin Hayward being the only one eager to go on; the other bandmembers feeling overshadowed. (This said by Justin himself in the final issue of Higher & Higher magazine 2006). Hayward wrote a song called "Island" with the intention of including it on a potential follow-up album. The Moodies recorded this song in 1973, and later embarked on a tour of Asia, but then went their separate ways.


Hayward and Lodge released a duo album, the very successful Blue Jays (1975), and the members each released solo albums. Pinder said he hoped to get the band back together that year. "Having moved to California in 1974, I returned to England for a visit in summer 1975. I was trying to get the band to do an album, but the response was so weak I returned to California with my two new MK5 Mellotrons and began work on my solo album The Promise.".[1] Justin Hayward & John Lodge - Blue Jays 1) This Morning 2) Remember Me (My Friend) 3) My Brother 4) You 5) Nights Winters Years 6) Saved By The Music 7) I Dreamed Last Night 8) Who Are You Now 9) Maybe 10) When You Wake Up 11) Blue Guitar (Produced by...


Edge produced two, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots (1975) and Paradise Ballroom (1976); Hayward elegantly composed Songwriter (1977), and Night Flight (1980), which would in later years be followed up by Moving Mountains (1985), The View From The Hill (1996), and Live In San Juan Capistrano (1998). Lodge released Natural Avenue (1977); Pinder produced The Promise (1976); and Thomas also two, From Mighty Oaks (1975) and Hopes, Wishes and Dreams (1976). Track Listing Side 1 Tightrope Songwrtier Parts 1 & 2 Country Girl One Lonely Room Side 2 Lay It On Me Stage Door Raised On Love Doin Time Nostradamus ... Night Flight was a studio album by Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward, released on Decca Records in 1980. ... The View From The Hill is a solo album released in 1996 by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. ... Release 1998. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The Promise is a 1976 solo album by Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues, recorded during their sabbatical from 1973 tot 1977. ... De volgende nummers staan op de Lp. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Reunion, 1977–1990

In 1977, as the group made a decision to record together again, London Records decided to release a somewhat poorly mixed then-eight year old recording of the band performing at the Royal Albert Hall, against their artistic wishes. London did this in an attempt to redevelop a somewhat waning public interest in the Moody Blues prior to their anticipated new album, but the crude sound of the concert from 1969 titled Caught Live + 5 would clash sharply with the lush and refined sound the modern Moodies were capable of producing in the studio. By this time Pinder had married and started a family in California, so for their reunion recording the band decamped there with producer Clarke. By all accounts, the sessions had moments of tension and difficulty, but by autumn 1978 Octave was released. Pinder, citing his young family, excused himself from any tour commitments. The prog-rock band Yes had asked their keyboard player, Patrick Moraz, to leave. Moraz's management had some contacts with the Moodies, and after a successful audition with the band in England in 1978, he was hired as keyboard player for the tour that would follow. In spite of these difficulties, the album itself sold well and produced the hits "Steppin' In A Slide Zone", written by Lodge and "Driftwood", written by Hayward. The music video produced for "Driftwood" features Moraz, although Mike Pinder was the one who played on the actual recording; the video for "Steppin' In A Slide Zone" simply shows the other four members without Pinder. London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... Caught Live + 5 is a 1977 Moody Blues double album consisting of a December 12, 1969 live show at the Royal Albert Hall and an album-side of songs from the same time period that had not previously been released on an album. ... The Moody Blues reformed in 1978 after a six-year hiatus to record Octave, the groups eighth album. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Patrick Moraz Patrick Moraz (born June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland) is a progressive rock keyboard player. ...


The band toured in 1979 and by 1980 was ready to record again, this time bringing in producer Pip Williams. Moraz was retained as the band's permanent keyboardist, though Pinder had originally understood that he would continue to record even if not tour with the band. Pinder attempted legal measures to prevent the new Moody Blues album from reaching the public without his contribution, but he was not successful. Released in 1981, Long Distance Voyager was a colossal success, reaching #1 on Billboard and top 5 in the UK. The album yielded two hits, "The Voice", written by Hayward, and "Gemini Dream", written by Hayward and Lodge. By now, the mellotron had been set aside as their primary keyboard instrument and the band embraced a more modern, less symphonic approach. The marketing formula for the band demanded from this time forward that a Justin Hayward song would be used to lead off their studio albums, as his material was the most successful. Philip (Pip) Williams, (born October 7, 1947) is a record producer, arranger and guitarist, best known for producing albums for Status Quo and The Moody Blues. ... Long Distance Voyager was a Moody Blues album released in 1981, and was their first with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in place of original keyboardist Mike Pinder. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ...


The Present (1983), again produced by Williams, proved less successful than its predecessor, though it did spawn a UK top 40 hit in "Blue World" (#62 in the U.S.) and a U.S. top 40 hit in "Sitting At the Wheel" (which failed to chart in the UK). Videos were also produced for both singles. "The Present" was released in conjunction with Talencora Ltd. Records shortly before a major label shift for the band. An album by the rock band The Moody Blues. ... An album by the rock band The Moody Blues. ...


In 1986 they enjoyed renewed success with their album The Other Side of Life and in particular with the track, "Your Wildest Dreams" - a U.S. Top 10 hit (and #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary singles chart for two weeks) which garnered a Billboard Video of the Year award after being frequently featured on MTV. Newly-hired producer Tony Visconti, and Barry Radman, a synth programmer formerly hired by Moraz, delivered a modern sound the Moodies had been after in order to remain competitive with their pop contemporaries. The album's title song also charted in the U.S., at #58. The Other Side of Life is a 1986 album by rock band, The Moody Blues. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... For other uses, see Tony Visconti (disambiguation). ...


The Moody Blues performed live at the charity event concert "Heartbeat '86" which raised money for the Birmingham Children's Hospital. The band played four songs, and later provided backup with Electric Light Orchestra for George Harrison. “ELO” redirects here. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


The Moodies continued their early video-generation success with Sur La Mer (1988) and its video/single, "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", a sequel to "Your Wildest Dreams". Their sound took on an ever- increasingly synthetic and technical quality as Moraz and Visconti began utilising modern sequencers, samplers, and drum machines. During this time, Justin Hayward and John Lodge wrote and sang on most of the songs as the band came under pressure from the new record company, PolyGram Records, to promote those it deemed to be the two more commercial looking and sounding members. Ray Thomas was playing a diminished role in the studio. There seemed to be no room for his ethereal flute in these new songs which were awash in high-tech 80s production. He provided some backing vocals for both "The Other Side of Life" and "Sur La Mer", but according to Visconti, his vocal tracks were never mixed into the final version of the latter album. Sur La Mer is an album released by The Moody Blues in 1988. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... The Other Side of Life is a 1986 album by rock band, The Moody Blues. ... Sur La Mer is an album released by The Moody Blues in 1988. ...


1990s, new millennium, and present

The Moody Blues in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in 2005.
The Moody Blues in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in 2005.

Thomas' high value remained on stage primarily from his continued ability to boisterously sing out his 60's and 70's Moodies classics, and also in dynamic flute and keyboard duets he composed with Moraz which were only performed by the two during Moodies' concerts. The band had begun to reinforce their concert sound in the later 1980s with the addition of a second keyboardist, Bias Boshell, as well as female backing singers. They also hired second drummer Gordon Marshall. As they began work in 1990 for their new studio album, Patrick Moraz made some comments in an article in Keyboard magazine that suggested dissatisfaction with his role in the Moodies. He also was spending long amounts of time planning a music concert to celebrate his native Switzerland's 500th anniversary, instead of rehearsing with the Moodies. He was dismissed before completing work on the album. Additional back-up keyboardists Bias Boshell and Paul Bliss were brought in to play keyboards on the remaining tracks. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x624, 215 KB)Dwight McCann,http://dwightmccann. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x624, 215 KB)Dwight McCann,http://dwightmccann. ... Santa Ynez is a census-designated place located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Tobias Bias Boshell (born 20 July, 1950) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the founder of folk rock band Trees. ...


Keys of the Kingdom (1991) had modest commercial success. It featured the new single "Say It With Love" and its follow-up "Bless the Wings" as well as a new flute masterpiece by Ray Thomas entitled "Celtic Sonant". John Lodge would make a defining shift in his songwriting on this album, leaving his trademark high-energy rock music, and instead gravitating towards slow love ballads. This trend would continue on the two successive Moodies albums. Instead it was Hayward who wrote the driving two-part piece "Say What You Mean" which featured compelling chord and melody structures as well as a spoken-word section. Tony Visconti produced some of the tracks on "Keys", as did Christopher Neil and Alan Tarney. Keys Of The Kingdom is an album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 1991. ...


For touring purposes, the band decided not to hire a permanent replacement in the keyboard chair but instead to tour as a quartet with extra hired musicians. However, keyboardist Paul Bliss has consistently fulfilled keyboard duties with the band on-stage since 1991 - successfully recreating the Mike Pinder and Patrick Moraz sound live with the Moody Blues. Thomas and Bliss continued the tradition of a flute/keyboard duet for many tours. The Moodies remained among the highest-earning concert acts, and a series of video and audio versions of their Night at Red Rocks concert enjoyed great success, particularly as a fund-raiser for American public television where it had been first broadcast. A Night at Red Rocks is an album by The Moody Blues, recorded from a live performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on September 9, 1992. ... Public broadcasting is a form of public service broadcasting (PSB) intended to serve the diverse needs of the viewing or listening public. ...


In 1994, The Moody Blues released one of their many career spanning compilations, a 5-CD collection called "Time Traveller." Instead of beginning on a new studio project, they would instead attempt to perfect the art of playing with an orchestra during these years, working with several talented orchestral ensembles and trying new arrangements for well-known pieces. Their second hiatus from recording ended in 1998.


Their first studio album in eight years, Strange Times (1999), proved to be the first Moodies album in almost two decades to be more than moderately received by UK critics; released by Universal Music Group, it made the UK top 10. It was recorded in a studio in Recco, Italy, at Hayward's suggestion, and was produced by the Moodies themselves - attesting to their 3 decades of recording experience. This album was the first to feature Danilo Madonia as an arranger and electric organist. Madonia would go on to play keyboards on all future Moodies studio tracks, including on the follow-up album, "December". The CD opened with the unusual "English Sunset", an RPM techno song written by Justin Hayward. "Strange Times" was also the first album since 1970 to include a new poem by Graeme Edge, in an effort to partially recreate their "concept" album sound of the late 60s/early 70s. It became clear to fans that Thomas' interest in the group was waning as he only provided one song for the new CD that, while highly whimsical, was less than two-minutes in length. Strange Times is an album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 1999. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ...


Also in 1999, The Moody Blues appeared in one episode of "The Simpsons" called "Viva Ned Flanders". Viva Ned Flanders is the tenth episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ...


In 2000, the band released "Hall of Fame", a new live concert from Royal Albert Hall on the Ark 21 label.


In 2001, an IMAX film was released, entitled "Journey into Amazing Caves", which featured two new songs written and performed by the Moody Blues. The soundtrack also featured Justin Hayward performing vocals and playing guitar throughout. One of these songs, entitled "Water", is the Moody Blues' first instrumental studio recording since their 1983 "Hole in the World" from The Present LP.

Hayward and Lodge live in 2007
Hayward and Lodge live in 2007

The new millennium saw the Moody Blues reducing their touring schedule. In 2002, founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group, reducing The Moody Blues to a trio (with Edge as the only remaining original member). Flutist Norda Mullen has been a versatile player on-stage and in the studio in Thomas' stead. In 2003, they released, with the absence of Thomas, a Christmas-themed album entitled December. The songs included originals and covers such as John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 741 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1428 × 1156 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from Moody Blues Moondance Jam concert 7/14/07 I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 741 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1428 × 1156 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from Moody Blues Moondance Jam concert 7/14/07 I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify... December is a Christmas themed album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 2003. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Original bassist Clint Warwick, who had left the group in 1966 to become a carpenter and raise a family, returned to the music scene in 2002 and released a solo CD. He died of liver disease on May 15, 2004. is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On October 23, 2005, Hayward, Lodge, and Edge joined Tennessee musicians David Harvey, Tim O'Brien, John Cowan, and others for a concert of "Moody Bluegrass" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; the Moodies had been impressed by the group's CD of the same name featuring well-known MB songs interpreted in bluegrass style. is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... David Harvey can refer to: David Harvey, former Leeds United goalkeeper (soccer) David Harvey, Marxist geographer David Harvey, philosopher David Harvey, Grammy Award winning producer D.Q.Harvey, statistician and treasurer of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians David Harvey, television presenter and executive David Harvey, author of Monuments... Tim OBrien can refer to: American author Tim OBrien American bluegrass musician Tim OBrien Irish-born cricketer Sir Timothy (Tim) Carew OBrien (5 November 1861 - 9 December 1948), who played 5 test matches for England and captained England in one test in 1895/6. ... John Cowan is a vocalist and bass player. ... The Ryman Auditorium The Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue located at 116 Fifth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, and is best-known as the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ...


November 2005, Hayward, Lodge, and Edge - accompanied by Norda Mullen, Gordon Marshall, Paul Bliss and second keyboard player Bernie Barlow released a live-DVD, entitled Lovely To See You LIVE, recorded at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.


The remaining Moody Blues trio continues to tour. Moody Blues toured the UK, U.S. and Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Helsinki) throughout late 2006. They toured the U.S this past winter and will undertaking a tour of the U.S and Canada during the summer of 2007. For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... For other uses, see Copenhagen (disambiguation). ... Location of Helsinki in Northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Province Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Charter 1550 Capital city 1812 Government  - City manager Jussi Pajunen Area  - City 187. ...


In addition, Hayward took part in the first UK tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds in April 2006 with a proposed DVD release of the show in November 2006 and a second tour in November 2007. For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ...


In March 2006, the first five of the band's 'Core 7' albums (the seven albums from Days of Future Passed to Seventh Sojourn, inclusive) were re-released in Super Audio CD format with Deluxe Editions, featuring bonus songs and some rare previously unreleased tracks by the group. In April 2007, the last two of these classic albums were re-released by Universal/Threshold. Digital remastering for these Deluxe Editions was done by Justin Hayward himself. Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical audio disc format aimed at providing much higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the compact disc. ...


Bassist John Lodge has said in an interview on the radio show "Acoustic Storm" on January 30, 2007 that a new Moody Blues album is "not far away."[2] is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On May 21, 2007 the Moodies released a forty one track, two-disc compilation of sessions recorded at BBC Studios, various television appearances, and a previously 'lost' performance done on the Tom Jones show titled Live at the BBC 1967-1970.[3][4] is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On October 31, 2007, the Hard Rock Park theme park announced that they are building a dark ride based on "Nights in White Satin" called "Nights in White Satin - The Trip". [5] The ride will incorporate sights, sounds, smells and tactile technique, as well as a re-orchestrated version of the song by Justin Hayward. [6] is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Hard Rock Park will be a 140-acre rock n roll theme park located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... A dark ride or darkride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. ... Nights in White Satin is a 1967 song by The Moody Blues, first featured on the album Days of Future Passed. ...


Since Pink Floyd's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Moody Blues (along with King Crimson, Rush, and Yes) are at the head of the list of progressive rock groups which have not yet been inducted and consistently top opinion polls of acts whom the public feel should be inducted. Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... This article is about the musical group. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Discography

Studio albums

The Magnificent Moodies was an album released in the U.S. in 1966 which featured the Moody Blues pre-psychedelic era lineup of guitarist Denny Laine, bassist Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flute player/percussionsit Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge. ... Alternate CD Cover Released in 1990 by Polydor as Deram 820 006-2. ... In Search of the Lost Chord, released in 1968, was The Moody Blues third album, and their second album to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge. ... On the Threshold of a Dream is an album by The Moody Blues released on the Polydor record label. ... To Our Childrens Childrens Children, released in 1969 (see 1969 in music), was The Moody Blues fourth album. ... A Question of Balance is a 1970 album by The Moody Blues. ... Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, the sixth album by the Moody Blues, was released in 1971. ... Seventh Sojourn, released in 1972, was the eighth album released by The Moody Blues. ... The Moody Blues reformed in 1978 after a six-year hiatus to record Octave, the groups eighth album. ... Long Distance Voyager was a Moody Blues album released in 1981, and was their first with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in place of original keyboardist Mike Pinder. ... An album by the rock band The Moody Blues. ... The Other Side of Life is a 1986 album by rock band, The Moody Blues. ... Sur La Mer is an album released by The Moody Blues in 1988. ... Keys Of The Kingdom is an album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 1991. ... Strange Times is an album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 1999. ... December is a Christmas themed album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 2003. ...

Singles

Original lineup (Denny Laine, Clint Warwick, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, & Graeme Edge)

  • 1964 August - "Lose Your Money"
  • 1964 November - "Go Now!" (Famously used many years later on an episode of Spitting Image when pressure grew on Margaret Thatcher to resign as Prime Minister.) - UK #1 / U.S. #10
  • 1965 February - "I Don't Want to Go on Without You" - UK #33
  • 1965 May - "From the Bottom of My Heart" - UK #22 / U.S. #93
  • 1965 October - "Ev'ry Day" - UK #44
  • 1966 March - "Stop!" - U.S. #98
  • 1966 July - "This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)" - U.S. #119
  • 1966 October - "Boulevard de la Madeleine"
  • 1967 January - "Life's Not Life"

Laine & Warwick replaced by Justin Hayward & John Lodge Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdoms ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and to date only woman to hold either post. ...

  • 1967 May - "Fly Me High"
  • 1967 August - "Love and Beauty"
  • 1967 November - "Nights In White Satin" (3:06 edit) /"Cities" - UK #19
  • 1968 - "Tuesday Afternoon" (2:16 edit) /"Another Morning" - U.S. #24
  • 1968 - "Voices in the Sky" - UK #27
  • 1968 - "Ride My See-Saw" - UK #42 / U.S. #61
  • 1969 - "Never Comes the Day" - U.S. #91
  • 1970 - "Question" - UK #2 / U.S. #1
  • 1971 - "The Story in Your Eyes" - U.S. #23 (UK release of the single was cancelled, at the band's request)
  • 1972 - "Isn't Life Strange" - UK #13 / U.S. #29
  • 1972 - "Nights In White Satin" (4:26 edit) /"Cities" (reissued) - UK #9 / U.S. #2
  • 1973 - "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock 'n' Roll Band)" - UK #36 / U.S. #12
  • 1975 - "Blue Guitar" (Justin Hayward & John Lodge) - UK #8 / U.S. #94
  • 1978 - "Steppin' In a Slide Zone" (3:29 edit) - U.S. #38
  • 1978 - "Driftwood" - U.S. #59

Mike Pinder replaced by Patrick Moraz

  • 1981 - "Gemini Dream" - U.S. #12
  • 1981 - "The Voice" - U.S. #15 (#1 Album Rock hit)
  • 1981 - "Talking Out of Turn" - U.S. #65
  • 1983 - "Blue World" - UK #35 / U.S. #62
  • 1983 - "Sitting at the Wheel" - U.S. #27
  • 1983 - "Running Water"
  • 1986 - "Your Wildest Dreams" - U.S. #9 (#1 Adult Contemporary hit)
  • 1986 - "The Other Side Of Life" (4:49 edit) - U.S. #58
  • 1988 - "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" - UK #52 / U.S. #30
  • 1988 - "No More Lies"

Band becomes a quartet with Moraz's departure The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ...

  • 1991 - "Say It with Love"/"Lean on Me (Tonight)"
  • 1991 - "Bless the Wings"
  • 1999 - "English Sunset"

References

  1. ^ History of the Mellotron
  2. ^ http://www.acousticstorm.com/feature.php?id=23
  3. ^ http://moodyblues.co.uk
  4. ^ http://webbeta.sov.uk.vvhp.net/~universal/Central/catalogue/blues.html
  5. ^ http://www.discovermyrtlebeach.com/hardrockpark/moodybluesnightsinwhitesatinthetrip.cfm
  6. ^ http://www.screamscape.com/html/hard_rock_park.htm

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