The Moody Blues

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 active, with one member from the original band from 1964 and two more from the 1967 lineup. ...show more

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 active, with one member from the original band from 1964 and two more from the 1967 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. Whilst the debut album by the new line-up, 'Days Of Future Passed', featured a full orchestra conducted by Peter Knight, subsequent recordings were performed entirely by band members on a wide variety of instruments - including the distinctive sounds of Mike Pinder on the mellotron. ...show less