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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997.
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The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997. In 2004, founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group, leaving Lodge, Edge and Hayward to soldier on. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. The new millennium saw the Moody Blues reducing their touring schedule. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Their 1999 studio album, Strange Times, generated little interest beyond the group's enduring fan base. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. However, a heavy touring schedule kept them among the highest-earning concert acts, and a series of video and audio versions of their A Night at Red Rocks concert enjoyed great success, particularly as a fund-raiser for American public television.
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Keys of the Kingdom (1991) had but modest commercial success. The band had begun to reinforce their concert sound in the later 1980s with the addition of a second keyboardist and female backing vocals, and they decided not to hire a permanent replacement in the keyboard chair, but instead to tour as a quartet with extra hired musicians. The early 1990s saw the departure of Patrick Moraz. The Moodies continued their early video-generation success with Sur la Mer (1988) and its video/single I Know You're Out There Somewhere, a sequel to Your Wildest Dreams.
But in 1986 they enjoyed renewed success with their album The Other Side of Life, in particular with the track Your Wildest Dreams, a top-40 hit which garnered a Billboard "Video of the Year" award after being frequently featured on MTV. The band's popularity waned through the release of The Present (1983). On these albums the Moody Blues embraced a more modern and less symphonic sound, although synthesizers were still a strong part of their composition. In spite of these difficulties, the album was a hit, as was 1981's Long Distance Voyager.
However, Pinder refused to tour and was replaced by former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz. In 1977, the group reformed and after a tempestuous recording session, 1978's Octave was released. Hayward and Lodge released a duet album, the very successful Blue Jays (1975) and the members each released solo albums. After that, the group took an extended break--originally announced as a permanent break-up--to recuperate from a heavy touring schedule.
1 in both the UK and the US) the band returned to their signature orchestral sound, which, while difficult to play in concert, had become the band's trademark. For their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) and Seventh Sojourn (1972) (which reached No. 1 in British charts), was indicative of the band's growing success in America. 3 in American charts (No.
This album, reaching No. After that, the group decided to record only albums that could be played in concert, losing some of their bombastic sound for their next album, A Question of Balance (1970). The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children, a concept album based around the band's celebration of the first moon landing. The top-40 single from this album, Ride my See-Saw, was the first single to be mastered using eight-track recording technology.
The album plus two singles, "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon" became massively popular, as was the 1968 followup, In Search of the Lost Chord. The original album, Days of Future Passed (1967), was not the demo recording the label had ordered, but instead a successful commercial release. The Moody Blues agreed, but insisted that they be given artistic freedom and left without supervision; they then convinced Peter Knight, who'd been assigned to arrange and conduct the orchestral interludes, to collaborate on a recording of their stage show instead. The Moody Blues contract with Decca Records was set to expire, and they owed the label several thousand pounds in advances. Deram Records (a London/Decca imprint) chose the Moody Blues to make an LP in order to promote Deramic Stereo and the group was to be forgiven its debt to the label to make a rock and roll version of Dvorak's New World Symphony.
The band soon realized that their original style of American blues covers and novelty tunes was not working for them, and they determined to develop an original style. Their new style featured the symphonic sounds of the mellotron (an early analog sampling keyboard; Pinder had worked for its manufacturer) and Ray Thomas' flute, with the performance organized around a concept--one day in the life of everyman. After a series of unsuccessful singles, Warwick and Laine departed, replaced by John Lodge, also once a member of El Riot, and Justin Hayward, formerly of The Wilde Three, in 1966. "Go Now", released later that year, became a huge hit in the United Kingdom and charted moderately in the United States. Soon, the band had a contract with Decca Records and released an unsuccessful single, "Steal Your Heart Away", that year.
The pair recruited Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick, appearing as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. Pinder left to join the army, but then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats and had moderate success. At the time, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder were El Riot & the Rebels, a popular band. The Moody Blues originated in Birmingham, England.
The Moody Blues were originally a British rhythm and blues-based band; they later became best known for psychedelic music and early progressive rock. December (2003). Hall Of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000). Strange Times (1999).
A Night at Red Rocks (1993). Keys Of The Kingdom - IMPORT UK (1991). Sur La Mer (1988). Prelude (1987).
The Other Side Of Life (1986). The Present - IMPORT UK (1983). Long Distance Voyager (1981). Octave UK (1978).
Caught Live + 5 (1977). Seventh Sojourn (1972). Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971). A Question of Balance (1970).
To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969). On The Threshold Of A Dream (1969). In Search Of The Lost Chord (1968). Days of Future Passed (1967).
Go Now! (1965).