Ray Thomas Founding Member Of The Moody Blues, Died At The Age Of 76

Ray Thomas, flautist, vocalist and founding member of the Moody Blues , died suddenly on Thursday. His record label confirmed, months before his band were due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was an all rounder artist and you might surely have been his fan if you heard him. Read more to know what happened.

Ray Thomas The Multi-instrumentalist

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Born in Stourport-on-Severn on 29 December 1941, Thomas began his career in Birmingham blues and soul groups in the 1960s and later framed The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues

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In 1964, after El Riot split, Thomas and keyboardist Mike Pinder shaped the Moody Blues close by drummer Graeme Edge, bassist Clint Warwick and guitarist Denny Laine. That lineup would discharge the hit “Go Now” and the 1965 LP The Magnificent Moodies, which included Thomas on lead vocals for the Gershwin cover “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

Thomas Appeared On All Of The Prog-Rock Band

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Thomas’ El Riot band mate Lodge to frame the band’s great lineup. As a flute player, multi-instrumentalist and artist in the Moody Blues, Thomas appeared on all of the prog-rock band’s albums – including their exemplary LPs like Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, A Question of Balance and Every Good Boy Deserves Favor – until his retirement in 2002.

Thomas Remained A Member

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Thomas released two solo albums after the band separated in 1974. The Moody Blues later transformed, and Thomas remained a member before leaving around the turn of the millennium due to poor health. Stay tuned to know more about Ray Thomas’s death.