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
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
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
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
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.
Moody Blues Bassist John Lodge Tweeted
Irritable Blues bassist Johan Lodge tweeted on Sunday. In which he told us about their journey and wished his lifetime friend a farewell. Thomas and Lodge played together in their band El Riot and the Rebels in the mid-Sixties.
Due To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
In December, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the Moody Blues’ classic lineup – Thomas, Hayward, Edge, Lodge and Pinder – would be inducted as part of the Class of 2018; Laine was subsequently added to the band’s Rock Hall roster days later. Turn to next page for more.
Reunion Of The Moody Blues Classic Lineup.
Lodge said in an interview that he was hopeful that both Thomas and Pinder – who left the band in 1978 – would return for the induction ceremony. “If it works, it will be fantastic because it’s a natural thing to do. I’m not trying to force it – it’ll be because it’s supposed to be,” Lodge said. “They’ve been an integral part of my life. You can’t dismiss that. It’s locked in there.”
RIP Ray Thomas
The Moody Blues star Ray Thomas has died at the age of 76. The flautist and vocalist died suddenly on Thursday, his record label said. In 2014 Thomas revealed on his website that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said he had received his diagnosis in 2013. May his soul RIP.