We are very sad to hear of the passing of Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues. Ray famously played the flute solo on ‘Nights in White Satin’.
The were many associations and parallels between the Beatles and the Moody Blues. Founder members of the Moody’s, Ray and Mike Pinder, were in a group call the Krew Kuts, which had a residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, just after the Beatles. The band was managed by Brian Epstein for a short time, during which time they were support band to the Beatles on their 1965 tour of the UK. It was during that tours that Paul McCartney’s friendship with Moody Blues member Denny Laine really blossomed, and of course Denny became a founder member of Wings in 1971.
It is also said that Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder played harmonicas of the Beatles’ ‘Fool on the Hill’ and sang backing vocals on ‘I am the Walrus’
It was announced just a couple of weeks ago that the Moody Blues are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.