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Birmingham, United Kingdom (1964 – present)

The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in May 1964 in Birmingham, UK . Among their innovations was the fusing of rock with classical music, most notably in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed. During their career the band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. As of 2012 they remain an active touring band, with Graeme Edge from the original 1964 lineup, and John Lodge and Justin Hayward from the 1966 lineup.

The first gigs by the Moody Blues were sponsored by Birmingham’s M&B brewery and, consequently, the band briefly took the name the MB5, changing it soon after to The Moody Blues. The band originally featured Denny Laine as lead singer and Clint Warwick on bass guitar, Ray Thomas on Flute, and Graeme Edge on drums. Mike Pinder was the original keyboardist.Go Now made No. 1 in January 1965. However, their subsequent release failed to match this success and Laine and Warwick left the band.

In late 1966, Laine was replaced on lead guitar and vocals by Swindon-born Justin Hayward and Warwick was replaced on bass guitar and vocals by fellow Brummie, John Lodge. Both assumed the roles of main songwriters for the band and it was then that they were transformed from a mainly covers band to a unique combination of classical, symphonic, progressive and psychedelic rock.

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  • sandrarichm

    Love it

    6 May 6:45am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    24 Apr 3:11pm Reply
  • calsimon

    word, jeremyace4

    25 Feb 10:46am Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 9:45pm Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Gotta agree with the dude two comments down.....

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • saturday-rain

    :D :D :D

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GreatBarcia

    guy below me sounds like a complete douche...

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TreeOfDivinity

    Been listening to their essential 7 (minus In Search Of The Lost Chord) in glorious old school Quadraphonic rips of the 7 1/4inch reel 2 reels. Always loved the Moodies, have them on vinyl and CD, but these lost mixes are absolute treasures. Eargasm full on!

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • alexjohanssen

    Days of Future Passed 1967 amazing

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Muldwych

    @Sliverlage - Ray retired from the band in 2002 but is alive and well and has his own site here: www.raythomas.me.

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • silverlage

    Saw them recently without Ray Thomas?? Anyone know why he isn't touring with them?

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • TemplarOfSteel1

    Days Of Future Passed is so good <3

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    их альбом 1967 года с симфоническим оркестром весьма красив, все, что было потом - скукотища чрезвычайная

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AbOD7

    Blue Guitar <3

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • freestyleguy34

    Justin hayward is a great singer what a voice he has. Love the voice night in white satin wildest dreams moody blues fan forver

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • x_ecliptica_x

    Grew up as a kid with the Moodies, still listening strong at 25. Always will! <3

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • silverlage

    PhoenixBloom....so much agree. Personally that is not even close to one of the first songs I think of when I am trying to think of one of their songs....Gotta claim New Horizons as one of my favorites. Gonna see them in Richmond in the Spring...woo hoo

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    "Legend Of A Mind" Rest in galactic everlasting peace,Timothy Leary-Pope Of Dope.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • antaursus

    Song "Melancholy man" is great. I have no words for their music, it's so good.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • weibkimmung

    awww i love this band

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
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