Moody Blueswere formed in Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on May 4, 1964. The members of the group were Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder has previously been members of the group, El Riot and The Rebels. They left El Riot and the Rebels when one member went to college and another went into the army. Pinder and Thomas joined together to form the Krew Kats and had moderate success. They all had been successful as El Riot and the Rebels in their region. The Krew Kats invited Denny Laine (singer and guitar player), and Graeme Edge (drummer) and Clint Warwick (bass player) to join the group. They appeared as Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The group got together with a management company known as Ridgepride, formed by Alex Wharton, , in London, and Wharton helped them get a recording with Decca Records in early 1964. Their first single, Steal Your heart Away, was released in 1964 and it made the charts. It was their second single, Go Now, released which was also released that same year that actually launched their career because it was a big hit. The song reached number one in the United Kingdom and number 10 in the United States.
After Wharton left the management firm, Moody Blues released a series of singles that were unsuccessful. In 1966, Warwick left the group and was replaced for a short while by Rod Clarke. Later that year Clarke and Laine left the group. They were replaced by Pinder and Thomas, John Lodge and Justin Hayward. They decided to develop a style of their own because the style they were doing did not seem to be working for them. In 1973 the group took an extended break. Back together in 1975, Hayward and Lodge released a duo album and were known as the Blue Jays. Each member released solo albums also. Pinder moved to California in 1974 and hoped to get the band back together. Failing to do that, he went on to work on a solo of his own. This was the route most of the group took, going solo or duo.
The remaining Moody Blues trio continued, through 2006, to tour today in the U. K. , U. S., and in Europe. They toured the United States last winter and are touring Canada and the United States this summer. In an interview with John Lodge in January, 2007, it was stated that there was a new Moody Blues album in the works. Albums the group has done over the years are, The Magnificent Moodies, In Search Of the Lost Chord, To Our Children’s Children’s Children, Days of Future Passed, On the Threshold of a Dream, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Seventh Sojourn, Octave, Long Distance Voyager, The Present, The Other Side of Life, Sur La Mer, Keys of the Kingdom, and Strange Times.
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