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Denny Laine - guitar/vocals (born Brian Hines, October 1944, Jersey)

Mike Pinder - keyboards (born December 27th 1941, Birmingham)

Ray Thomas - flute/horns/vocals (born December 29th 1942, Stourport-On-Severn)

Clint Warwick - bass guitar (born Clinton Eccles, June 25th 1940, Birmingham)

Graeme Edge - drums (born March 30th 1942, Rochester)

The glory years for The Moody Blues would come in the late Sixties and early Seventies when they recorded a string of best selling pomp-rock albums.

The group came together in Birmingham in1964 from the remnants of several local bands, the most notable of which was Denny Laine & The Diplomats who, apart from Laine, also included Roy Wood and Bev Bevan both of whom later were members of The Move and E.L.O.

In '64 they took over Manfred Mann's Monday night residency at London's Marquee Club, signed with Decca, and released their first single, Steal Your Heart Away", in September. Despite appearing on the popular TV show "Ready, Steady, Go!" promoting the record it failed to reach the charts.

Their second single, a cover of Bessie Banks' "Go Now" was a British No. 1 in January '65 and later that year they toured the US with The Beatles. The follow-ups to "Go Now" didn't fare nearly as well.

They spent the next two years trying to repeat their success in vain and Laine and Warwick both left the group in 1966 to be replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge respectively.

Warwick disappeared, but Laine would re-surface with his own band Balls before joining Paul McCartney's Wings.

After a long period playing gigs to ever-dwindling audiences, the band shifted tack in '67, bought a Mellotron and started to write their own material. The result was conceptual orchestral pop which would serve them well into the 1970s.



Sep '64

Lose Your Money/Steal Your Heart Away

Decca F 11971


Dec '64

Go Now/It's Easy Child

Decca F 12022


Mar '65

I Don't Want To Go On Without You/Time Is On Our Side

Decca F 12095


Jun '65

From The Bottom Of My Heart/My Baby's Gone

Decca F 12166


Oct '65

Everyday/You Don't

Decca F 12266


Oct '66

Boulevard de la Madelaine/This Is My House

Decca F 12498






The Moody Blues - Go Now/Lose Your Money/I Don't Want To Go On Without You/Steal Your Heart Away

Decca DFE 8622



Jul '65

The Magnificent Moodies - I'll Go Crazy/Something You Got/Go Now/Can't Nobody Love You/I Don't Mind/I've Got A Dream/Let Me Go/Stop/It Ain't Necessarily So/True Story/Bye Bye Bird

Decca LK 4711



Selected Re-issues


The Collection - Go Now/Steal Your Heart Away/Lose Your Money/I Don't Mind/Let Me Go/I'll Go Crazy/Time Is On My Side/It's Easy Child/Something You've Got/I've Got A Dream/From The Bottom Of My Heart/Can't Nobody Love You/Stop/Come Back (I Don't Want To Go On Without You)/Bye Bye Bird/It Ain't Necessarily So/True Story/ And My Baby's Gone

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