Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Founding Member

Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Founding Member
(29 December 1941 – 4 January 2018) was an English musician, flautist,
singer and composer in the UK rock band The Moody Blues.Thomas and Pinder
then recruited guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist
Clint Warwick to form a new, blues-based band, The Moody Blues. Signed to
Decca Records, their first album, The Magnificent Moodies, yielded a No. 1
UK hit (No. 10 in the US) with “Go Now”. Thomas sang lead vocals on George
and Ira Gershwin’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from the musical Porgy and
Bess.Thomas also started writing songs. The first he contributed to the
group’s repertoire were “Another Morning” and “Twilight Time” on Days of
Future Passed. His flute had featured on three songs on the debut album
—”Something You Got”, “I’ve Got a Dream”, and “Let Me Go”—as well as the
single “From the Bottom of My Heart”, but it would become an integral part
of the band’s music, even as Pinder started to use the Mellotron keyboard.
Thomas has stated that a number of his compositions on the band’s earlier
albums were made in a studio broom closet, with Thomas writing songs on a
glockenspie. Hayward has spoken of Thomas’s learning transcendental
meditation in 1967, along with other members of the group.

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