Mike Pinder was interested in how music changes people’s moods and since the band was playing blues at the time, they took the name Moody Blues. They released 12 albums between 1968 and 1973 which all charted in the Top 20 and four of them reached #1. The Moody Blues formed in 1964 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The classic lineup consisted of songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist Justin Hayward who replaced Denny Laine, keyboard player Mike Pinder who was eventually replaced by Patrick Moraz, bassist John Lodge who replaced Clint Warwick, drummer Graeme Edge, and Ray Thomas who sang vocals, played flute, percussion, and harmonica. Today I have a Moody Blues song from their 1988 album Sur la Mer, come check out this fun writing challenge.
This song was written by Justin Hayward and it was recorded on the Moody Blues thirteenth album Sur la Mer which was released in 1988. The album got to #21 in the UK, and went to #38 in the US. Flautist and vocalist Ray Thomas did not appear on the album, although he remained a member of the band at the time during which it was recorded. The hit single ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’ reached #52 in the UK and got to #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Justin Hayward received the 1988 Ivor Novello Award for Composer of the Year for writing this song. Hayward said this song is about trying to find out what happened to your first love. Hayward wrote 20 of the group’s 27 post-1967 singles and this was their final Top 40 single in the United States.
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