Moody Blues Founder | Ray Thomas, 76, died on Thursday. He was a flute, vocalist, and founding member of the Moody Blues. Moody Blues’ first chart hit came with “Go Now,” a version of a song by Bessie Banks.
However, Mr. Laine and Mr. Warwick left the band in 1966 to pursue the band’s success. (Mr. Laine afterward joined Paul McCartney’s first Wings band.) In 1967, the group developed a new sound centered on Mr. Pinder’s use of the Mellotron, a keyboard that plays samples of different instruments, allowing him to perform as an orchestra.
“I was playing flute, and it was a beautiful flute marriage with strings,” Mr. Thomas said last year during an interview with the website bestclassicbands.com. “We wanted to create a kind of classic-rock mashup.” While the bulk of the Moody Blues wrote songs, Mr. Thomas’s composition and flute performance emphasized his new approach even more. It was dubbed a “scene” and “one of the first concept albums to achieve commercial success.”
In the early 1970s, the group toured extensively, followed by a lengthy hiatus between 1974 and 1977. The group was abandoned by its founder, Mikes Pinder, a year after being reconstituted and replaced by Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz in 1978. They shifted to a more synth-pop sound in the next decade and released The Other Side of Life in 1986, becoming the first artist to win each of the top 10 individuals in the United States of America in a different decade. Ray Thomas’s participation dwindled during the 1980s due to health issues, but his musical contributions were reclaimed after Morass departed in 1991. Thomas disbanded the band in 2002.
Thomas’ business Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records confirmed the musician’s Facebook post, adding that Thomas died peacefully at his home in Surrey, England. They released “Days of the Future Passed” in 1967, an album widely considered a watershed moment in the development of rock.
Mr. Thomas’ solo on the song Nights in White Satin, which became the band’s anthem, was a defining moment for the album. “Twilight Time” is also written. He wrote, “The Morning: Another Morning” with Peter Knight on a yellow flute, a contemplatively illuminated ending song.
“The label’s demise is a profound shock, and we will miss its warmth, wit, and compassion,” the label said.’Ray and I have been on a great life journey since we were 14 years old,’ Moody Blues bassist John Lodge tweeted Sunday. We co-created it with two young Birmingham teenagers who aspired to greatness.