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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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  • GreatBarcia

    guy below me sounds like a complete douche...

    4 Nov 3:35am 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 11:16am Reply
  • alexjohanssen

    Days of Future Passed 1967 amazing

    13 Jul 1:26pm 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 1:14pm Reply
  • silverlage

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

    28 Mar 4:28pm Reply
  • TemplarOfSteel1

    Days Of Future Passed is so good <3

    11 Mar 7:45am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    8 Mar 3:41pm Reply
  • AbOD7

    Blue Guitar <3

    22 Feb 3:07am 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 6:58pm Reply
  • x_ecliptica_x

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

    5 Jan 12:53am 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
  • poker_face22

    Good ! Много достойныx композиций по мимо NIWS.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    Noisybishop, Threshold of a Dream is also very, very cool. I think most Moody Blues albums are worth checking out in their entirety. The MP3 is wonderful thing, but singles alone take away from the incredible music the older artists made. Lots of the good stuff didn't get played on the radio.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Duchess94

    They've had so many better songs than NIWS, why don't people realise!!? :( Justin's voice is a slice of heaven. по той же причине, по которой люди не знают, что у Nirvana есть что-то, кроме Smells Like Teen Spirit, а у Radiohead что-то, кроме Creep!

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • noisybishop

    Only knew Nights in White Satin, but was curious when I read it was part of concept album, Days of Future Passed. I really have to recommend you check the entire album, it's a gorgeous thing.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №44 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2013-39/

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DaleCoopeDreams

    OHHHHH HOW I LOVE YOOOOOU

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
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