The Moody Blues

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1989 (The 1990 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1998 (ranked #141) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Days of Future Past (1967)
On The Threshold Of A Dream (1969)
A Question of Balance (1970)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (1967)
The Night: Nights In White Satin (1967)
Ride My See-Saw (1968)

The Moody Blues @ Wikipedia

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Will The Moody Blues be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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The answer to the question of how many hit songs it takes to get in the Hall. Seriously, Percy Sledge, but not Moody Blues?

Posted by Kailash on Saturday, 09.2.06 @ 22:26pm


One of the most underrated bands ever. Deserves induction but it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon.

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 22:51pm


I currently have a petition going to get the Moody Blues inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Time and time again they have been wrongly neglected and I want to be the first person in history to see that they get inducted this time around! 40 years is way too long for a band with many loyal fans and a huge following around the world not to be inducted. It's a real shame that they have not received this honor and they really deserve it this time around!

Posted by Suzanne on Friday, 10.20.06 @ 19:57pm


A great contribution to Rock N' Roll is in none other than The Moody Blues. Once a staple in Rock N' Roll music of the lates 1960s and 1970s, The Moody Blues, much like Jethro Tull, are one of the most underrated bands of that era. The Moody Blues by far have sold more albums (18 platinum records) over the last thirty years than many bands. Guitarist Justin Hayward and Bassist John Lodge by far are the greatest guitar/bass combo since Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce of Cream.


With the recent induction of artists in the Rock N'Roll Hall of Fame there is no doubt that The Moody Blues DESERVE to be in the Hall of Fame. They already meet the prerequisite of their first album release that is older than 25 years old with their smash album Days of Future Passed released in 1967. All their accomplishments are located at their website on this link http://www.moodyblues.co.uk/index_main.html


As a Moody Blues fan, I would like to see these gentleman be inducted in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame as they deserve to be. Many say that the induction committee at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame are very political about certain bands they induct because they do not bring in a lot of money at the induction ceremony. I would like for you to at least help with the cause. I feel by playing more of their music on the radio and doing a piece about the band and starting a petition to have them inducted in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame would be something beneficial for the band with your cooperation. Thank you.


Rene
Fullerton, California

Posted by Rene on Saturday, 11.4.06 @ 17:43pm


Moodies have sold 100 million albums and are not in.

Bob Kuban had one hit in 1965 and is in.

Posted by whitney on Sunday, 11.5.06 @ 17:55pm


The Moody Blues have been in the top 10 on this poll:
http://www.rateitall.com/t-2529-deserving-of-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame.aspx
for over 2 years.
According to rock and roll fans voting on this poll, the Moody Blues are one of the most deserving but overlooked artists by the Hall.

Posted by Garrett on Wednesday, 11.29.06 @ 16:27pm


The Clash is in the Hall of Fame, but not the Moody Blues. Makes you wonder about what the standards are, or who is voting. Maybe quality of music is not in the criteria.

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 13:27pm


Moody Blues: The Moody Blues are one of the greatest acts of all time. Their influences are pervasive throughout rock and extends far beyond. Anyone who disagrees with this simple fact is uninformed. There are many reasons why they were one of the greatest acts of the 60s and 70s, way too many to list.

Posted by mycroft on Friday, 01.5.07 @ 08:25am


Influence (check), Longevity (check), Innovation (check). After I found out that the Moody Blues are not in the Hall, I have no respect for this institution.

Posted by ZOSO on Friday, 01.26.07 @ 02:28am


The Moody BLues have had hits in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and are still rocking in 2007. The styles and sound have changed as they grew and their fan base is huge and growing. What more could the Hall of Fame ask for! They should ask themselves if they want people coming to the HOF for years to come. If they keep up inducting groups and artists like Grand Flash and Patti Smith there won't be anyone coming. We want to visit the HOF to see groups we'd heard of and love.
Thank you,
Gail Keller

Posted by Gail keller on Tuesday, 02.20.07 @ 19:11pm


I have to agree with all that have posted. If you want to judge on just the first 7 albums it is a no brainer. The Hall of Fame should not have Rock and Roll in the name without having The Moody Blues and some of the other classic ROCK AND ROLL bands inducted. Maybe they should change the name to the Music Hall of Fame.

Posted by Scott on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 15:18pm


I agree with all of you. It's tough to imagine a band that deserves it more than the Moody Blues.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 16:55pm


It really is a shame these guys have been looked over so many times. For us 30 something's who were introduced to the Moody's via their folks, it astounds me to see video of the band performing live. They were able to achieve such a full sound and play note for note. This is before click tracks, seqencers and picth corrected vocal tracks, yet I hear five part harmonies and very solid arrangement. It is high time for their induction. Their use of the Melotron and embracing and incorporating its uses far superseeds any artist on the new poll list. GNR, Metallica, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly etc ....? Hmmmm. Would there be a little tune called Strawberry Fields Forever if Pinder did'nt introduce the tron to Lennon ? What is holding them back ???

Posted by Billy on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 23:29pm


The Moody Blues were the first music act to sell out Madison Square Garden two consecutive times---something even Elvis hadn't done. They have an over 40 years body of work. They were and are innovators in rock music. Jann Werner needs to drop his b**** against them and let the Hall induct them.

Makes me wonder how a Percy Sledge or Grandmaster Flash can get in and not an act much much more deserving of the honor.....

Posted by Mac on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 17:54pm


Somehow, I'm not surprised that fans of The Moody Blues are completely ignorant to the importance of punk.

My main beef with the Moodies is they are too formulaic. They certainly lacked the spontenaiety of contemps and inductees Traffic. That said, I would not be averse to them getting in even though I personally can't listen to much more than a few songs.

But realistically, it's not going to happen. The critics despised these guys. It's easy to see why--not enough chops to back up the bombast.

Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 03.28.07 @ 20:09pm


Like KISS, Deep Purple, Rush, yada yada....another act that those growing up in the era cherished but hasn't aged well or had much influence on anything halfway decent. If half of these users would listen to something new or under-the-radar, they'd realize just how boring these dinosaur acts are and we wouldn't have an endless deluge of "Boston should be in the hall, they sold 7 billion albums in four days"-type comments.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 03.28.07 @ 23:32pm


"Like KISS, Deep Purple, Rush, yada yada....another act that those growing up in the era cherished but hasn't aged well or had much influence on anything halfway decent."

Rush has had no influence??...that is laughable, a joke, and just plain wrong. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....For instance, did you ever hear of band called Metallica? They have cited Rush as a major influence - but I guess you ignore all those that cite Rush as an influence because it does not "fit well" with your distorted criticism.

Rush has not "aged well." Really??? They had an unbelievablly successful tour just a few years back playing to over 60,000 screaming fans in South America, had a phenomenal 30th anniversary tour filmed with High Definition cameras, and will be coming out with their next studio album on May 1st.

They are also touring the US and Europe for this album. Front row seats are going for over 1,000 dollars!! Not bad for a band that has been around for nearly 35 years and has not "aged well."

BTW, there is a reason those bands you like are "under the radar" - they just aint that great. But, I am sure it makes you feel superior and more intellectual than the rest of us listening to that pseudointellectual garbage.

IDIOT...get your facts straight and put Rush in already.....

Posted by ANON on Thursday, 04.12.07 @ 18:38pm


Please, I listen to indie acts because they're the only thing worth listening to out there at the moment, but I loves me plenty of mainstream acts such as U2, Bob Dylan, whatever. Rush has had some influence on some creative talents, I'll give you that end of the argument, but their catalog just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. There's no killer album, but plenty of lengthy studio wanking that makes outsiders squirm at the sheer thought of prog. If Rush had at least one totem pole nearly on par with Tim or Joshua Tree or Abbey Road or whatever, then their chances would be greatly increased. But they don't. A series of solid rock radio hits, but nothing that blazed new trails.

Posted by Casper on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 14:48pm


"There's no killer album"

Really? They have two of them, thus,
album(s)...one is called "Moving Pictures" and the other is "2112."


With regards to specifically Moving Pictures, apparently my opinion is supported by the critics:

"Billboard" lists the "Greatest Trios of All Time: Essential Listening List" - there are 12 on the list - one of which is specifically: "Rush: Moving Pictures"

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/greatesttrios/2006/essential_listening.jsp

(Read this with the voice of Stewie from the Family Guy - best show on TV): Go ahead, cut and paste the link above, I know it irks you but c'mon, go ahead, do it, do it, you know....


Thus, you are proven wrong :-)


Posted by ANON on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 16:43pm


"A series of solid rock radio hits"

Rush never had any songs in the top 40 on the US charts, except for ONE song...

From Wikipeia:

"New World Man is a track from the album Signals by Rush. It remains Rush's only American Top 40 hit; it reached #21 on the Billboard singles chart in Ocotber 1982"

Wow, only one top 40 hit ever - well, considering that Rush has produced about 135 songs (thus far) that equates to .7% of their songs penetrating the top 40. Yeah, really sounds like Rush produced a "string of rock radion hits"

Sounds like your calculations equate to "fuzzy math."

Again, stick to facts, not convoluted logic just to make your distorted point.

Posted by ANON on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 19:08pm


I said RADIO hits. They've received tons of airplay. Yes, only one Top 40 single, but that's based on SALES. Billboard didn't take airplay into account until quite recently.

Posted by Casper on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 19:40pm


I would hardly characterize the airplay that Rush has received over the years as "tons." (that might refer to, lets say bands like, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Brittany Spears and the like). Rush's airplay has been modest, at best, and ONLY on classic rock stations. Again, try to stick to reality....

The fact that a semi-obscure band that came from the genre of "progressive rock" receives a decent amount of "airplay" only proves how great they are.......BTW, I see that you totally ignored the other post regarding two of the great rock masterpieces of all time.

Posted by ANON on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 19:55pm


Because when I think tough music criticism, oh yeah, I think Billboard Magazine.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 00:25am


Since you're talking critical respect and all, I thought I'd go through the archives of the Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll. You know, that poll of critics. Music critics, even.

The poll has been running since 1975, presided over by Robert Christgau, and lists the top 40 albums in music for any given year. And in those 33 years, Rush has graced the top 40 list exactly zero times. That is, four times less than Was (Not Was), one less than Timbuk3 and Digable Planets, three less than Sade, and two times less than Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot.

So, what was that you were saying about critics agreeing with you?

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 00:55am


Your 100% right....Critics have never liked Rush...when I said critics agreed, I was referring to the link for Billboard listing Moving Pictures as "Essential Listening." Critics do not like Rush....ghee...tell me something I don't know. Rush has never kissed ass to the media and certainly anyone associated with Rolling Stone magazine or any other elitist magazine.

Plus, I tend to form my own opinions and not listen to elitist snobs, but thats just me.

So, critics do not like Rush, they have only had one top 40 hit in their enitre career, are considered a semi-obscure band, YET have the fifth most consecutive gold albums in the history of Rock music, have been cited by hundreds of bands as an influence (i.e. Metallica), and are still rockin' nearly 35 years later with their new album and tour coming up - not bad for a band that has lambasted by the so called "critics" of rock music.

Don't you get it? - this is exactly what pisses the critics off about Rush, despite them INTENTIONALLY not giving them any respect, it does not matter. So, it means that the critics do not matter - I guess that is hard for the critics to "stomach" that fact.

SO, for me, it is about my personal love for Rush, a great band, not some supposed experts and critics opinions of Rush. In fact, that has been the greatest inspiration of Rush to many bands.

As for "Robert Christgau", he is but one person's opinion - he is not even a musician - he is just a writer. He hates Rush, so does it really surprise you that Rush is not on the "lists"???

Oh, yeah, and I reviewed those "lists" (Google is an amazing thing) - know who is on those lists the same year as Moving Pictures, lets see:

Ricky Lee Jones, Tom Verlaine, The Go-Go's (deep insight into great music on that one), Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Au Pairs, David Byrne (Songs from the Broadway production of "The Catherine Wheel"), David Lindley, etc.

Gee, wonder why the great album Moving Pictures did not make the list?? Obviously, it was intentionally left off.....but those bands they hailed as "critical" really impressed me (note sarcasm), as I am sure you too.....

PLLEEEEEEAAAAAAASE

LOL, LOL, LOL.....

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 06:09am


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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:06pm


MOVING PICTURES:

Certified multiplatinum - x 4

1981 - reached #3 on billboard charts in North America

Tom Sawyer - their best selling single. Even Jann Wenner said he like this song

YYZ- grammy nominated instrumental

Plus, if you actually go to a "Progressive" website (not to the haters of Rush, i.e., Jop Poll), where they review every progressive act known to man - literally thousands of bands - Moving Pictures does quite well, as does Rush.
http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=46477:

"I guess many of you have ever heard that energetic and dazzling opening part especially for those of you who were there when punk and new wave movements wept out music industry in the early eighties? Rush came out with a ground breaking album “Moving Picture” that cast the light of hard rock music. Yeah, I thought the music was straight forward like any hard rock music but when you try play the chords, it’s not that easy. But again, Rush was one of very few bands that carry the torch of the seventies music amidst new wave and punk attack. The release of the album of course made any rocker and proghead happy as this album has demonstrated their musical maturity.... Highly recommended! Not only for progheads but for those who love rock music, this one is a masterpiece!

LOL, LOL, LOL...........

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:09pm


Other Moving Picture Reviews:

"Not only is 1981's Moving Pictures Rush's best album, it is undeniably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. The new wave meets hard rock approach of Permanent Waves is honed to perfection — all seven of the tracks are classics (four are still featured regularly in concert and on classic rock radio). While other hard rock bands at the time experimented unsuccessfully with other musical styles, Rush were one of the few to successfully cross over...Rush proved with Moving Pictures that there was still uncharted territory to explore within the hard rock format, and were rewarded with their most enduring and popular album."


Here is another: "This is the one Rush album every prog and rock fan should have in their collection."
http://www.progressiveworld.net/rush6.html



Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:10pm


Hey, guess what beat Moving Pictures (and in fact every Rush album) on that site: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=1903

Posted by William on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:14pm


2112:

Multiplatinum - x 3

Reviews:

"The band, pressured by their record company not to write another concept piece (after the previous album, Caress of Steel, containing two such songs, failed commercially), stuck to their guns and created what is hailed as their first masterpiece. It garnered them their first U.S. Top 100 album and would reach Gold status on November 16, 1977 (along with the band's then current release A Farewell to Kings and All The World's a Stage) and Platinum on February 25, 1981 (shortly after the release of Moving Pictures in 1981).

Influence of this album alone:

On their 2004 'Bananas' tour Deep Purple used 'Overture' as background music before the curtain was raised on the show

Coheed and Cambria's album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, contains a bonus track titled 2113, probably as a nod to this album.

Tool uses the main riff of "A Passage to Bangkok" as the intro for their own song "Cold and Ugly" whenever they play it live.

In the movie School of Rock, the character of Dewey Finn (Jack Black) hands out a copy of 2112 to a kid drummer.

There was actually a clasical piece done on the album: http://www.amazon.com/String-Quartet-Tribute-Rushs-2112/dp/B0007PAM4C

I will give that other than moving pictures and 2112, there are no other Rush "masterpieces." But, along with all of the other great songs, two is enough...

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:19pm


Not sure what you mean by "beat". I never said Rush was the only good progressive out there

IDIOT!

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:28pm


Oh, Moving pictures got a 4.46 and KC album got a 4.54 Big difference there...(.08) less than one tenth of a percentage point....duh

Plus, not surprising that KC album was rated so high, it is considered a masterpiece and a classic - that we would agree upon. But, since Moving Pictures is within less one tenth of a percentage point - would you agree that Moving Pictures is too? Somehow I doubt it.

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:39pm


I just think it's funny, and I know you have no sense of humor, which oddly enough makes it even funnier.

Posted by William on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:48pm


Sorry, did not see any humor in pointing out that a classic KC album was less than one tenth "better" than Moving Pictures....Call me crazy, but that just did not seem that funny....Although tonight I am seeing Bill Maher in standup and hopefully that will "tickle me"

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 14:51pm


Anonymous claims he is supported by the critics. He is shown a poll of over 400 critics that does not support him. He then says critics don't matter. He puts Robert Christgau in quotation marks as though he's not sure that Christgau really exists. He is not very bright.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 16:23pm


PS: The difference between 4.46 and 4.54 on a five-star scale is the difference between a B and an A on a 100-point scale. More than one tenth of a percentage point.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 16:32pm


"Anonymous claims he is supported by the critics."

Once again...never said that at all...just cited the link to that Billboard article.

"He puts Robert Christgau in quotation marks as though he's not sure that Christgau really exists"

No, the quotes were referencing what you said in your post.

"He is not very bright."

Really? My PhD is in statistics. One, that makes me plenty smart. Two, it also means the following: On a 100 point scale KC gets a 90.8 and Rush gets an 89.2 a difference of 1.6. That my friend is referred to as NOT STATISTICALLY SIGNFICANT.

Looks like you are the one who is not too bright, an idiot, moron, etc. Might want to read a stat 101 book or ask any statistican. A difference of 1.6 on the above, essentially means that there is "no difference." I really do not, however, want to explain it to you b/c it would be quite boring. But, your stupidity is not surprising though considering you come from the same state as the dumb ass president.

Back to the topic. Critics do not matter to me at all - I tend to form my own opinions and do not rely on others critiques. I was merely pointing out that critics are just that and some critics who actually appreciate progressive rock, will give rave reviews to Rush in many instances. The fact is, you cannot handle the facts of Rush:

1) Influenced countless bands (i.e. Metallica). On the liner notes of one of their albums they actually thank Rush - duh...

2) In fifth place in Rock music for most consecutive gold albums

3) Playing for nearly 35 years and can still sell out arenas all over the world

4) Masters at each instrument

5) Despite being semi-obscure (i.e. not necessarily a house hold name), they have sold over 24 million records in US, placing them in the top 100 of all time according to RIAA

6) Already recognized by the RRHOF for one of rocks most influential songs: The Spirit of Radio

Put em in already and Kit you go back and take a stat course and learn what it means to be statistically signficant vs. non-signficant.

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 20:57pm


I'll be sure to tell my teacher the next time I get an 89 on an assignment that they should go ahead and bump that up to an A since it's statistically insignificant and all.

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 21:08pm


"But, your stupidity is not surprising though considering you come from the same state as the dumb ass president"

That's just a bad argument.

Posted by William on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 21:35pm


You are just too stupid, it is not the qualitative descriptor (A vs B) but the numerical difference. It is a coincidence that it happens to "fall" on the line that demarcates A's and B's. Would it make you feel better if one was 93 and the other was 91.4?

Plus, as usual you miss the whole point. I never said that the album from KC was not worthy of high praise...it is. My point is that Moving Pictures is essentially on par...that's all.

As for the comment about the president that is called rubbing salt on the wound....sorry, just all fired up, as I just came from seeing Bill Maher.

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 21:48pm


"He is shown a poll of over 400 critics that does not support him"

These are the same critics that in the same year of Moving Pictures ranked the "Go-Go's" and "Kid Creole and the Coconuts" as great music.

I rest my case :-)

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 14:58pm


I'd much rather listen to the Go-Gos than Rush.

Posted by Kit on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 16:25pm


Again, I rest my case... :-)

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 17:40pm


It is a real shame that one of the GREATEST bands of all time hasn't had better consideration for the Hall of Fame. When I see some of the acts that get in it makes it even worse. The Moodies continue to be one of the best EVER.

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 04.19.07 @ 10:03am


Let's face it, people. The Moodies are above the R&R Hall of Fame!!

Posted by Timothy Dale Wilson on Wednesday, 04.25.07 @ 14:16pm


"IDIOT...get your facts straight and put Rush in already.
IDIOT
IDIOT
IDIOT" say Anon

Why do you feel the compulsion to end so many missives with this tag line? You do realize it makes you sound like Napolean Dynamite.
Geez.

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 23:15pm


Your obsessed with me...to bad you are not a chick, I would say lets get together....BTW, I got the "idiot" thing from Kit....it is a joke for the most part...not to be taken seriously...

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 17:40pm


Wow..amazing how most of the comments for The Moody Blues are about Rush...I personally like both

Posted by Matt on Saturday, 06.9.07 @ 22:28pm


The main criteria of the hall of fame (this is a farce but that is what they say) is influence. The Moody Blues by far are the most influential band never to reveive a nomination and there are very few acts in rock history that have had more influence. The Beatles for instance used the Mellotron on Strawberry Fields Forever which can be directly traced to Mike Pinder who got the Beathes their Mellotron dubbed Fabtrons. The Mellotron was the main staple of the Moody Blues albums from Days of Future Passed, one of the greatest albums of all time, through Every Good Boy Deserves Favor. This intrument has been used by many groups including The 9 Inch Nails, Elton John, Zeppelin and many others. On the latter album, Procession was the first song to use an electronic drumset which Graeme Edge invented! Yes boys and girls, the Moody Blues invented the electronic drumset.

From symphonic, orchestral rock, time signature changes and classic songs such as Question, Nights In White Satin, Legend of a Mind, Tuesday Afternoon, I'm Just a Singer, and Ride My See-Saw, and many others, plus their core seven albums, not forgetting Long Distance Voyage, The Moody Blues were and always will be one of the greatest bands of all time. Wenner and his critics can take their "opinions" and stick them where they belong.

Posted by mycroft on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 11:38am


Wow..amazing how most of the comments for The Moody Blues are about Rush...I personally like both



Well Rush and The Moody Blues are two of the greatest, most intelligent, and talented acts to ever grace a stage.Their lyrics are some of the most insightfull ever written. Those who like one act will normally gravitate to the other. The rest can listen to The Go Gos and U2...

Posted by mycroft on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 11:44am


I can honestly say that they're definetly overlooked. Just like KRAFTWERK is.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 12:21pm


At least Kraftwerk has been nominated. The Moody Blues are still waiting. I don't understand why the nominaters keep throwing the same garbage back to the voters every year, when they don't at least put some other bands out there for consideration. The Stooges can't get in again? Let them sit out a year, put someone else on the ballot. Silliness.

Posted by c.w. on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 15:37pm


"Well Rush and The Moody Blues are two of the greatest, most intelligent, and talented acts to ever grace a stage"

Could not agree more....it is a fact of history that both Rush and the Moody Blues have been innovative and infuential in the history of rock music...it is simply undeniable. To say otherwise suggests that it is "personal."

In any event, as has been said a gazillion times, the so called "hall" excludes progressive rock. And for some inane reason, decides to put is rap music before these iconic rock bands...oh well.

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 19:45pm


Responsible for musical innovation including the mellotron, gatefold album covers, concept albums,"That Sound," musical prodigy Justin Hayward, part of the Brum Beat and British Invasion, loyal fans 40+ years later, and still touring! "The Boys" influence on rock is as great at the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Who.

It just shows that the committee who picks the inductees are not really attune to the history and influence of major groups like the MB's.

What does induction prove anyway? Not much. The committe is "Steppin in a Slide Zone."

Posted by Phil S on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 16:58pm


Your institution pufs the big horn. Your name s/b changed to the HALL OF SHAME. I started playin my Les Paul Jr. in 1954. I still teach in my retirement. I am eminently qualified to comment on you misguided judgement. I love & listen to all types of music. I have never missed the Moodies, in nearlyu 40 yrs., whenever they come to chicago, wisconsin, or rockford. They are one of the most impressive, live acts ,still playing to sold out crowds. This is a exceptional credit, with the changes in the band. I play as well as any guitarist, that Les Paul would call, one of the few really greats, with with 53 yrs. of play. You should hang your head in shame, for not inducting Justin Hayward, for his live extended, scorching, solos. The Moodies have had exceptional vocal harmony, matched by only a few top bands. The whole of the Moody Blues, is greater than the sum of its parts. With sales approaching 300 million, & still playing together since 1964, you must be deaf & blind to have missed them.I feel fortunate to have every recording they ever made, as a group, & with a few breaks before regrouping. Where could you find another Patrick Mpraz, Ray Thomas, or mellotron man?. You disgust me. If your hair was on fire, I would not spit on you. You will never see one dollar of mine, donated, or spent in your disgraceful building. One who knows.

Posted by Thomas Edward DiGanci on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 11:06am


Dude... you missed the part where this site is not affiliated with the actual R&R Hall.
So I guess this means you'll spit on me if I am on fire after all?

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 14:29pm


Thats is Mr. DiGanci, to you Shawn. Not Dude. You missed the point of my comments. I was well aware of who is on firt. In your case, I wouldn't piss on your leg, if it was on fire. The Moodies play tonight, at the Chicago Theatre. I'll be there, & you will not.

Posted by Thomas Edward DiGanci on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 10:41am


But I am sure Shawn could be there if he wanted, as I am sure there are still plenty of tickets still available. "Knights in White Sat...zzzzzzz"

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 13:18pm


"I was well aware of who is on firt."

Sir Thomas Edward Puffinstuff:

No.... no Your Highness I do not believe you were, in fact, aware that you weren't talking to the actual Hall itself.
You used the words "Your" and "You" like 7 times.
See, if you knew where you were, you'd have referred to The Hall as "them" and "their". See how that works? It's alright - that can be a common mistake here. You may have been distracted by your daily affirmations in that guitar shaped mirror-mirror-on-the-wall you are gazing into.

"In your case, I wouldn't piss on your leg, if it was on fire."

Yea, that swollen prostate at your age makes that difficult; no worries! Will you be riding your Rascal Scooter to the Moodys concert?

Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 14:09pm


Everyone has given many reasons why they should be in, I will add my number one. Days of Future Passed was a monumental album for Rock and Roll, not only because of it's inclusion of full orchestras, but it is one of the first spectacular concept albums in history. I really don't understand how they aren't in, I guess there's just some bands they will never put in, no matter what.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 07.23.07 @ 14:24pm


But I am sure Shawn could be there if he wanted, as I am sure there are still plenty of tickets still available. "Knights in White Sat...zzzzzzz"

That is NIGHTS in White Satin
Go back to U2 now

Posted by mycroft on Friday, 08.3.07 @ 08:53am


"That is NIGHTS in White Satin
Go back to U2 now"

Hmm, U2 over Moody Blues? Uh, yeah. On U2's worst day.

Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 08.3.07 @ 09:35am


Dezmond, Moody Blues ARE on par with U2. Sure, in a different genre and era, but they are icons of rock music. And, I do like U2, but in some respects, they are a bit overrated and Bono just a bit pretentious. And, your comments (which I admit is rare) demonstrates that you know little of the MB catalog, particularly when you write "Knights" in white satin, and reference one song of hundreds.

And, since Days of Future Passed came out in 1967 and they incorporated orchestral and classical arrangments into "rock" that would predate King Crimson's 1969 album....so, to KC, get in line boys. Of course the MB were influenced by the Beatles.

But, denying their innovation and influence is plain stupid....even if you do not like the music. I am not a big MB fan either, but can be objective and admit their innovation and influence, plus they have sold like 55 million albums world wide. That, combined with their innvoation and influence should have put them in. That is why I put them as my #1 snub of the HOF.

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 08.3.07 @ 17:03pm


Anon,

The people who run Rolling Stone/Hall of Fame just don't like classical music, and "progressive" bands like the Moody Blues that use it too much are blackballed. It's as simple as that. No hall of fame for Moodies, ELO, ELP, Genesis, Yes, etc, etc.

This ultimately revolves around the subscription base of the magazine:

U2/Guns N Roses dreg heroin addict types that aren't college educated with at least 1 tattoo on each arm and leg and ....



Moody Blues types just don't fit their mold (thank goodness!)

Posted by SG on Friday, 08.3.07 @ 23:16pm


The first seven albums by the Moody Blues were groundbreaking. From the use of the mellotron, to being backed up by a symphony orchestra, to having four lead singers in one band, to classical arrangements...the Moody Blues certainly are superior to many of the acts that have been voted into the HOF. However, I also believe, much as I love the Moodies, that their body of work has been diminished by most of the albums (not all) that they have made following the first seven. Some of them, such as the most recent "December," are loaded with bad music. I believe it's because of the departures of, first, Mike Pinder in 1978, and then more recently, Ray Thomas in 2003. They added an edge and an ethereal quality to the Moodies' music that the ballads of Hayward or the up-tempo songs of Lodge just can't match. I give them credit for getting back into the studio periodically and actually creating new music, when many bands of the sixties and seventies have merely hung on by playing and replaying their catalog of music written decades before. However, the music they're writing now, versus what they wrote in their younger days, just isn't as good. And I think for that reason, they have not been voted in. "In Your Wildest Dreams" is not groundbreaking music. Commercial yes. Groundbreaking no. I think they'd be in the HOF if they had stopped at seven albums, or even eight. They should still be in, because those first seven do exist, but they've been tarnished by what's come after.

Posted by Cliff on Friday, 08.10.07 @ 13:48pm


Cliff, I wouldn't worry about their mediocre later work....there's plenty of acts in the Hall of Fame that put out rubbish after their spurt of greatness...it's all about what you DID rather than what you shouldn't have done.

Personally, it's more to do with the fact that their finest output wasn't as influential, or frankly, as good as their contemporaries. I'm sure there's many that would disagree, but I won't bat an eyelash if they're in the Hall of Fame. Not a great choice, but better than some names that have been on the ballot in the last half-decade.

Posted by Casper on Friday, 08.10.07 @ 18:41pm


Nights in White Satin
Tuesday Afternoon
Ride my See-Saw
Lovely to see You
Story in Your Eyes
I'm Just A Singer
Go Now
to name a few

The moodies deserve a place in the hall because of their wonderful contribution to the genre of
RnR, and the talent that is behind their music.
It's a damn shame that newer bands like U2, Blondie, Talking Heads etc.... are in, but not a band that's been around for nearly 45 years
wake up and smell the coffee and induct these fine men

Posted by danny on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 16:39pm


Whether you love the Moody Blues, hate the Moody Blues, or just yawn when you hear the Moody Blues-does ANYONE here really think that the essential Moody Blues album is "Keys of the Kingdom?"

Idea-Perhaps this site can choose these by popular vote??

I vote for Days OF Future Passed.

Posted by SG on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 23:40pm


I have followed the Moody Blues throughout their career. The most timeless and ahead of their time music is on their first 7 albums.In my opinion these 7 should have got them inducted.Since then their music has provided a whole new generation to listen to what we so much loved back then and now....This way past due!!

Posted by wahly on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 12:17pm


I have followed the Moody Blues throughout their career. The most timeless and ahead of their time music is on their first 7 albums.In my opinion these 7 should have got them inducted.Since then their music has provided a whole new generation to listen to what we so much loved back then and now....This way past due!!

Posted by wahly on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 12:18pm


Whether you love the Moody Blues, hate the Moody Blues, or just yawn when you hear the Moody Blues-does ANYONE here really think that the essential Moody Blues album is "Keys of the Kingdom?"

Idea-Perhaps this site can choose these by popular vote??

I vote for Days OF Future Passed.



I just do this. The Moody Blues greatest albums were their core 7 and there are 7 days a week. The Moody week begins on Tuesday so my favorite album on Tuesday is, of course, Days of Future Passed. Today is Monday so today I go for Seventh Sojourn. Easy.

Keys of the Kingdom was pretty mediocre by their standards but Say What You Mean pt 1 & 2 is awsome.

Posted by mycroft on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 06:44am


In the late 1960's, the Moody Blues led the shift in emphasis from singles to albums. Their use of gatefold album covers with lyrics and lavish artwork created new standards for rock album accompanyment. They were the first rock group to record an album in stereo. They led the creation of symphonic rock and were a pioneer in the production of concept albums. They incorporated spoken word into their songs. Their lyrics were unique and thought provoking at a time when bubble gum groups had #1 hits.

They produced the kind of music that helped FM radio become the dominant music broadcast medium.

They demonstrated significant musicianship, capably playing dozens of instruments on their albums. Their vocal harmonies are among the best of all time. They are unique as a rock group with four lead singers. Their use of the mellotron was innovative. They are one of the most successful touring bands in the history of rock and roll. They are one of the few bands from the 1960's to tour throughout the last thirty years.

Not many bands have toured with the Beatles, released ground breaking albums, and had award winning videos on MTV.

When they began performing live with a symphony orchestra in the 1990's, dozens of other groups followed suit. No group was as successful in incorporating a symphony orchestra into their performances.

The Moody Blues play music that people like. That the average music listener knows their songs more than they know the band itself is a testament to the staying power of their body of work - as opposed to the cult of personality.

The Moody Blues have been a presence in the music business for an astoundingly long period of time. What is amazing is not that they are a upper tier act that regularly sells tickets around the world, but that they are about the only group from the 1960's still doing so. Some rock groups have reformed as nostalgia acts. Many groups have had to quit touring because the public won't buy enough tickets. The Moody Blues keep selling tickets because of the popularity of their music and because they have demonstrated that they can perform that music in a quality way.

Regardless of how one measures success, the Moody Blues are one of the elite bands of their era, and have remained popular with generations of fans. They have been so successful, that their exclusion from the Rock and Roll HOF does not matter.

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 08:10am


The following is an article by Jerry Lucky. Enjoy.

ghostland.com/ghostland/editorials.asp?ID=2

Days of Future Passed - The First True Progressive Rock LP
By Jerry Lucky
March 1, 2000

In The Progressive Rock Files, I put forward the notion that the Moody Blues recording Days of Future Passed may very well be the first true progressive rock recording. I make this claim based on the criteria outlined in the book's definition of what constitutes a prog recording.
This idea is not accepted by everyone. Both Ed Macan and Bill Martin tend to margianlize the Moody Blues in a sort of "proto-prog" category in some ways suggesting any notion of a true prog recording before King Crimson's 1969 release of In the Court of the Crimson King is somehow not possible. Paul Stump also places the band in a "pre-prog" ghetto along with early proggers Procol Harum and the Nice, and in cynical fashion proclaims the Moodies claim to prog fame lies with the use of orchestra, al-be-it not in any innovative manner on Days of Future Passed. Everywhere you read the Moody Blues tend to get maligned in some fashion. I'm of the opinion that the Moody Blues tend to get glossed over by virtue of their recent pop-oriented musical style more than from a careful analyses of their work in 1967.

In order to fully analyse this work it's necessary to look once again at the criteria I've established for the defining characteristics. My methodology is simple. Every form of music tends to adhere to known characteristics for it to be recognizable as that style. For example you would have little trouble in identifying a Reggae tune because it incorporates those elements compositionally and stylistically that make it sound like a Reggae song. The same would be true of any number of other musical genres. I suggest this same principle can be applied to Progressive Rock. Given the complex nature of Progressive Rock not every composition will incorporate all the elements at the same time. But we should be able to identify or even attempt to create a progressive rock composition if we incorporate characteristics such as, complex arrangements, predominantly longish songs, a mixture of loud and soft passages, the use of a Mellotron or string synth, and so on. I shall deal with each of the characteristics to show how Days of Future Passed qualifies for that heralded spot as the first Progressive Rock recording.

For its day, November 1967, Days of Future Passed was more than a milestone, it was a crowning achievement in many senses. But for those coming into the picture late a review is perhaps appropriate. The Moody Blues had released an album before this. They even had a significant hit single with "Go Now." Unfortunately for them, but perhaps fortunately for us, they split up and in a reforming effort convinced the record label to let them record with the London Festival Orchestra conducted by Peter Knight. Coincidentally, the record label was trying to show off its new stereo capability and this seemed like the right project to do it with. Little did they realise the impact the album would have on future generations. What made this music possible was the addition of Justin Hayward and John Lodge into the Moodies. Their presence cemented the direction the band would take. Days Of Future Past even left it's mark on the charts with "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." The Moody Blues more than made up for originally breaking up after the first album. As evidenced by their shift to more pop oriented material in their later life, The Moody Blues have always had a high regard for melody. Some consider this a "fault." It's extremely rare to find angularity and dissonance in their compositions. That's not what the Moody Blues were about.

Executive producer Hugh Mendl said this: "In Days of Future Passed, the Moody Blues have at last done what many others have dreamed of and talked about: they have extended the range of pop music, and found the point where it becomes one with the world of the classics." This concept LP took as its theme a day in the life of an ordinary man. The work begins with the orchestra announcing the dawn of a new day in "The Day Begins" and goes through the entire 24-hour period ending with "The Night" or as the sub heading refers to it, "Nights in White Satin." This proved to be a so-so hit single when it was first released in late 1967, but did much better when it was re-released in 1972. This was no doubt due in part to the public's developed interest in Progressive Rock at the time.

Now, with regard to the defining characteristics outlined in The Progressive Rock Files, let's take a closer look at the recording in question. We'll explore each one to see how it applies to this recording. First it should be stated that this progressive rock effort showcases some universal prog attributes, namely it is melodic, symphonic, dramatic and unpredictable. Having said that lets look at the details…

Complex arrangements usually featuring intricate keyboard and guitar playing. While not as complex as some progressive rock was to come, such as that performed by King Crimson, the music here, for its day was quite over-the-top. There are many time and tempo changes that occur throughout. Given the time of development plus the fact the Moody Blues have always been on the more melodic side, these tend to be of a generally subtle nature, but there none-the-less.

Songs predominantly on the longish side, but structured, rarely improvised. While many of the songs tend to fall in the three to four minute category, there are two that approach or exceed the 7-minute range. It's worth noting that because of the production, the way some of the songs were knitted together there is the appearance of longer compositions. And while instrumental solos are short, there is the distinct feeling of structure to it all. At no time do you get the feeling the band is looking for an opportunity to "let it all hang out."

A mixture of loud and soft passages with musical crescendos adding to the dynamics of the arrangements. This characteristic is noticeable throughout the LP and is most obvious on side two in "The Afternoon" and "The Night," which is perhaps the most dramatic track.

The use of a Mellotron, string synthesiser or a full orchestra to create a symphonic backing. The Moody Blues use both a full orchestra and Mellotrons. They would later go on to concentrate more on the Mellotron, but here the orchestra takes centre stage on "The Day Begins" and is helped along with narration from Ray Thomas. The first appearance of Mellotron is during the second cut, Dawn. In fact the Mellotron makes an appearance in virtually every song in some way. On some cuts it replicates a flute (The Afternoon), other tracks strings and on 1 track trumpet stabs ("The Morning").

Extended instrumental guitar and keyboard solos, spotlighting musical virtuosity. As already mentioned, soloing is kept to a minimum, but it should be noticed that the musicianship on each track was certainly beyond what was happening in the Pop world of the day. There are still moments where you notice the bass playing or the acoustic guitar work on certain tracks providing a contrast to the fullness of other fully orchestrated parts.

The inclusion of musical styles outside of the rock genre. The obvious influences are there including classical, middle-of-the-road TV theme music into to Lunch break before the band comes in, and the Eastern themes in a portion of "Evening."

A blending of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments where each plays a vital role in translating the emotion of compositions which typically contain more than one mood. There is wonderful interplay with the acoustic orchestra and the electric instruments of the band as well as isolated instances of electric and acoustic guitar, traditional flute and mellotron flute. In terms of moods being created, as in so much progressive rock the overall emotional setting for the piece is created musically and is wonderfully brought to fruition with the orchestra's dawn and busy-ness of Lunch and the drama of "The Evening."

Multi-movement compositions that may or may not include a recurring musical theme. While on the surface there are no melodic recurring themes, the LP starts with the orchestra and Ray Thomas's moody narration signalling the start of the day and concludes with a variation on the musical theme and a similar closing narration. All this before the big finish that in many ways wraps up the musical package. Individual songs also contain multiple movements, "Evening" for example that begins with the Eastern flavour, then moves into the pop song portion and closes with the classical extro.

Multi-sectional compositions created from unrelated musical parts. i.e. "Supper's Ready." While the LP cannot be considered one singular composition, it is clearly a series of songs strung together to make the point. All the songs are joined together with all but invisible breaks. The orchestra tends to perform the role of joining the segments together. Songs like "The Afternoon" and "The Night" best represent how the Moody Blues created musical sections and weaved them together, always incorporating more than one musical motif or theme.
There you have it. While this recording is not my favorite Moody Blues effort I feel its importance lies in it truly qualifying for the title of the first Progressive Rock recording. In many ways it embodies many of the qualities that would make the genre a force to be reckoned with through out the seventies. The characteristics outlined above would manifest themselves over and over again in recordings to this very day.
It must be said again, that many in the progressive rock community tend to give the Moodies short-shrift, and that's unfair, because as outlined at the outset our views of the band tend to be tainted by their more recent pop-ier material. And while it's pop of a high caliber, it's never-the-less a long ways away from the ground-breaking efforts of their first seven recordings, all completed by the way before 1972. From the album-cover design to the musical results The Moody Blues were one of a handful of early prog bands to set the stage for the hundreds that would follow in their footsteps.

This is hopefully the first of a series of articles that will expand on some of the points I have written about in The Progressive Rock Files. I expect that some of the comments made will stir up some controversy and I certainly appreciate hearing from you and perhaps engage in a lively debate.

About the Author:
Jerry Lucky is the author of the book The Progressive Rock Files, now entering its 5th edition. Please feel free to send feedback to Jerry at jlucky@pacificcoast.net.

Posted by mycroft on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 13:51pm


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Posted by Tinadgm on Thursday, 10.25.07 @ 07:43am


Howver well or otherwise they've aged the "Classic 7" albums provide more than enough reasons for the Moody Blues to have been inducted in the Hall of Fame years ago. Someone is just being very "clever" and "hip" by keeping them out. Big deal. It just shows the ignorance of whoever is taking this decision, everyone out there knows these guys belong in any serious Hall of Fame.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 11.4.07 @ 05:24am


Congratulations to the Moody Blues, class of 2006 Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

http://www.vocalhalloffame.com/

Posted by mycroft on Monday, 11.26.07 @ 07:00am


Are they ever going to get inducted? I remember back in the 90's in Goldmine Magazine where the Moody Blues got the most votes on who would you induct. I saw them this past summer and they are still touring with several generations of fans going to see them. What are you people waiting for? All I can say is if they ever get in, Moody Blues Fans will be celebrating around the world. They truely deserve it.

Posted by MaryAnn on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 09:14am


Without the Moody Blues, the Hall of Fame cannot be taken seriously. What criterion do they not meet. One thing for sure, they have been many people's favorite band for over 40 years.

Posted by Jim Wright on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 16:18pm


Moody Blues have sold over 110 million records/cds, more than 95% of all 'artists' in the 'Hall'. They were the pioneers of progressive rock and sell out venues for over 40 years. They belong in a Hall of Fame of their own.

Posted by james on Monday, 01.7.08 @ 18:12pm


You will all feel better when you accept that the so-called "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" residing in Cleveland Ohio is nothing short of a joke. It means nothing..it holds no merit.

The evidence is made clear each year with the inclusion of the undeserving.

Simply ignore it.

End of story.

Posted by Dan on Monday, 01.28.08 @ 03:21am


When a friend told me Timothy Leary died, I started singing "Timothy Leary's dead/No, no, no no he's outside looking in" and she didn't know where that came from. I told her it was a Moody Blues song called "Legend Of A Mind" but she wasn't all that familiar with the Moody Blues. I don't Know how Timothy Leary would have entered people's vocabulary if it weren't for that song. (The Who mentioned Timothy Leary in "The Seeker", but that song is nowhere near as famous as "LOAM")

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 02.1.08 @ 21:23pm


Maybe Bono got the title "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from the Moodies song "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" the the third track on "In Search Of the Lost Chord" (The actual lyrics are "I've still not found what I'm looking for" but close enough) and maybe Michael Stipe of R.E.M. got the melody for "Talk About The Passion" from "Voices In The Sky"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 02.1.08 @ 21:37pm


Did you know John Lodge played bass on David Bowie's "Space Oddity" album. Ten years later Bowie would name his album "Lodger" I wonder if this was a hidden reference.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 02:28am


Let's see... Their music has been played on every continent and in space, but not in the Hall. They've been overlooked for two decades. Does this strike me as odd? No; more like conspiracy. Do they have influence? I, for one, would have lost my mind ages ago without them. Seriously. I cannot imagine my life without them. Moodies not in the Hall. Bush still in the White House. Isn't life strange?

Posted by daniel on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 04:13am


Yes, they will get in, its just a waiting game.

Posted by JasonP on Thursday, 02.28.08 @ 08:43am


There are SO many acts that deserve to be in the Hall and arent, it's rediculous. The Moody Blues, Alice Cooper, The Miracles, etc., etc., etc. But the preposterous nature of legitimizing and something that was originally intended to be an outlaw artform is itself an explanation of everything that is wrong with this hall of fame. Want further proof? If Cleveland is so special to hold the Hall of Fame, why is it the induction ceremonies are always held in NYC? Heck, even the NFL does their induction in Canton. Its all absurd and rediculous.

Posted by beth on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 20:27pm


As we come to another chapter in the R&R Hall of Fame, it simply blows me away that the Moodies haven't been recognized here. This especially considering the many lame acts that they have voted in. I may never understand the obvious bias that has been expressed by the critics in the mainstream media (Rolling Stone, etc. etc.)but I can only put it down to their musical ignorance. Anyone who has lived and experienced the Golden Age of R&R (1963 thru 1975)should know that The Moody Blues belong in the same group of artists lead by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,Creedence Clearwater Revival and a select few others.

Posted by Michael W on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 13:11pm


Motorhead,Madonna and a numerous bunch of other groups that think they are rock and roll are nuts. The MOODY BLUES are and will always be a #1 rated group that have should'be been inducted many many many years ago. To the woman who has the petition going to get the MB's inducted - contact me via e-mail and I will help you on this quest. I only live 60 mile from the RRHOF and willing to go and give the petitions to the committee personally. Or anyone for that matter that wants to see justice done - lets get the boys inducted into a great institution once and for all.
LONG LIVE THE MOODY BLUES

Posted by Becky on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 15:02pm


The rock and roll hall of fame is not what it is suppose to be without the Moody Blues. They are far more deserving than at least 1/4 of the groups already inducted. It's a farce. I will not support HOF at all.

Posted by gmenns on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 09:50am


The RRHOF is a joke, as long as it does not include The Moody Blues. If the MBs were eligible in 1989, they should have been a slam-dunk decision . . . no question (of balance). But what do I know, they are just "singers in a rock and roll band" that have influenced the likes of the Electric Light Orchestra, R.E.M. and Coldplay !

Posted by Scott on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 11:03am


It's just been a few years since I've started to really listen to the Moodies music and I've haven't stopped. They are by far the best singers/musicians around. I've read that selections are voted on by rock historians and experts, don't FANS have a say? Would love to see them inducted-soon.

Posted by Jo on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 11:38am


For the love of God...how can performers like The Pretenders,(1hit)and others be inducted and not the Moody Blues,Alice Cooper,Kiss...this is crazy.Must be a political statement.

Posted by Ray Ramos on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 14:23pm


I honestly can't believe the Moody Blues are still not in this so called ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME. It should be called the hall of shame for that oversight. How can anyone that is aware of rock and roll sit there and not boycott the place un til the MOODIES get in! I myself is looking for a place to go on vacation this year, but no MOODIES, no KAPPY! LIVE LONG !

Posted by kappy on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:09pm


It seems to me that the RRHF is led by a bunch of morons if they can overlook a band that has been around for over 40 years and sold millions of albums (the Moody Blues). Yet the Pretenders and Sex Pistols with not near the following have been inducted. How many of the groups that are being nominated will have this type of longevity?

Posted by Rex on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:30pm


I am dismayed here in 2008, that the Moody Blues are not in the RRHOF. I look at some of the either inducted or not yet considered and wonder, who is doing the judging? Take some time to read the lyrics of most the music Justin Hayward wrote. Its amazing.Meaninful.Quite poetic. The music is icing on the cake. Full range sound. Its not the way it should be. Well deserved award for this most ingenious man Justin and the band with that phenmomenal sound.

Posted by cassie on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 15:12pm


It is mindbuggling that the Moody Blues are NOT inducted in the R&RHOF, after so many years of great, influential, and thoroughly loved by many songs and a guy with one hit, Percy Sledge, is in. What does that say about this institution? Clueless, maybe?
Ossie

Posted by Ossie on Tuesday, 04.22.08 @ 17:03pm


The Moody Blues, Deep Purple and YES should all be in by now...not Madonna, for example. At this point the RARHOF looks like a big joke.

Posted by jimmy plant on Sunday, 05.18.08 @ 16:48pm


"Everyone knows the best bands are affiliated with Satan"

Bart Simpson

Posted by Walter on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 08:30am


Having a groovy time at Hard Rock Park

Knights of White Satan

http://www.buffalonews.com/lifearts/travel/story/354944.html

Posted by mycroft on Monday, 06.2.08 @ 07:27am


please tell me why in 2012 you're putting in Mili Vanilli they don't even sing. You're putting i Happy Monday's .Debbie Gibson. In 2013 you're putting Gorilla Biscuits. this is out of hand You should remove the Milli Vanilli one and replace them with the Moody Blues Band..thanks

Posted by Patty Anne Boris on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 11:03am


You should change your name to Hall Of Shame for no Moody Blues Band. How is it Milli-Vanlli is going in 2012???? This is a slap in the face to the Band. They should'nt even be on the list since they got busted for not singing at all. In fact they won an award years ago and it was taken back from them. So you should take Milli-Vannlli out and replace them with the Moody Blues Band. thanks

Posted by Patty Anne boris on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 11:30am


No Patty Ann.

It just means they are eligible; it does not mean they are going in.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 14:01pm


94% Yes speaks for itself.

Posted by Alveus on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 16:03pm


94%Yes out of 821votes impressive

Posted by . on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 19:01pm


wow--if the Moodies can't get in....

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:42pm


The following are listed are "Greatest Bands of the British Invasion"

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. The Who
4. The Kinks
5. The Animals
6. The Yardbirds
7. The Dave Clark Five
8. The Moody Blues
9. The Hollies
10. The Troggs

The following have been inducted:

1. The Beatles (1988)
2. The Rolling Stones (1989)
3. The Who (1990)
4. The Kinks (1990)
5. The Animals (1994)
6. The Yardbirds (1992)
7. The Dave Clark Five (2008)

The following haven't been inducted yet:

8. The Moody Blues
9. The Hollies
10. The Troggs

INDUCT THOSE 3!!

Posted by Aeroplane on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 13:58pm


I'm guessing Cream isn't on that list because they're considered part of "the 2nd wave"

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 14:01pm


And imo, Spencer Davis Group and Zombies should be higher on that list than the Troggs.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 19:44pm


Does anyone know what all these weird posts are all about?

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 17:48pm


Couldn't tell you Gitarzan, couldn't tell you.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 18:23pm


I bet their by the same person

Posted by Lazy on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 18:27pm


Even if the Moody Blues' songs in their later years are considered sappy by the RARHOF, their early stuff was revolutionary at the time. This is a 'wrong' that needs to be corrected! These guys aren't getting any younger. None of us are...

Posted by Moody about the Blues on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 13:45pm


The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Yes and Rush (to name but a few) should all be inducted ASAP. They are musical institutions. Now that I think of it, they're more important than the RARHOF itself.

Pete

Posted by Pete on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 14:26pm


Pete your statement stinks on the very face of it. The R&RHOF is forever, that's why you want your band to get in. And absolutely nothing is gonna happen ASAP. Also, what band wants to be called an "institution"? You need to chill out.

Posted by Bubble on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 14:57pm


Where is Neil Diamond's name??? I can't believe that he has not been inducted as a lifetime achiever.

Posted by Kathy on Saturday, 12.13.08 @ 11:19am


The Moody Blues should have been inducted years ago.Their body of work is incredible,having had successful records in the sixties, seventies, eighties, and even ninties.They still draw as a concert act with orchestras around the world.They were pioneers in fusing pop and classical music, becoming one of the first commercially successful progressive rock artists.

Posted by Rob Silber on Sunday, 12.14.08 @ 09:30am


Has anyone from the RARHOF ever stated why the Moody Blues have been stiffed armed on their induction for nearly 20 years?

Posted by Scott D. on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 14:13pm


People complain that the Moodies were "bombastic" and don't like their use of orchestras. Look, someone had to blaze that trail, because Rock and Roll is a wild child that's going to jump the bones of blues and gospel and country and even folk, and yes, it's gonna jump the bones of classical music and make for one wild night of future passed.

For the Moodies to be denied a place in the R&R Hall just because the music doesn't appeal to some critics is to castrate what Rock and Roll is all about. Face it, Rock and Roll is a bastard child, parents of all pedigrees; it's amusing to hear critics sniff in snobbish disdain at the Moodies, drawing imaginary boundaries for their little imaginary anal country of Rockvania. So prog rock is out?

I love punk music, and I love the Moodies music. I enjoy avocados and I enjoy grapes, but I don't want them to taste the same just because I love them. I wouldn't shut either punk or prog out of the Hall. Some people would, but those people aren't on my Christmas list.

Posted by Gargle McPhage on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 20:33pm


Anyway, i find it hard to imagine Pink Floyd's landmark album "Darkside of the Moon" existing at all without the pioneering work of the Moodies and their own masterwork "Every Good Boy DF" only a year or two before. (A song like "Us and Them" for instance on PF's album)

I'm not saying Pink Floyd ripped off or parroted the Moodies, that's bullshit, but Pink F was capable of appreciating genius and running with the wave that the Moodies showed them. Booming choruses with keyboards...

I'm not saying the R&R Hall of Fame sucks anymore than I'm saying my own Grandpa sucks, it's just that being so emersed in the rock history they are incapable of actually seeing it clearly. Dylan showed us rock with intelligent lyrics, the Moodies showed us rock with intelligent musicianship and melody.

Posted by Gargle McPhage on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 22:34pm


Moody Blues are (w/Jetho Tull) of the most glaring omissions from the Rock Hall. Back in the 60s and 70s there were a "psychedilic" rock band. Here are what I consider their 7 greatest ALBUMS, all were full with great songs:
1967 Days of Future Passed (UK #27, US #3)
1969 On the Threshold of a Dream (UK #1, US #20)
1969 Our Children's Children's Children (UK #2, US #14)
1970 A Question of Balance (UK #1, US #3)
1971 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (UK #1, US #2)
1972 Seventh Sojourn (UK #5, US #1)
1981 Long Distance Voyager (UK #6, US #1)

Members were/are:
Justin Hawyard - lead guitar, vocals
John Lodge - bass, vocals
Ray Thomas - flute, vocals
Graeme Edge - drummer
Mike Pinder - keyboards
Great vocal harmonies. Incredible live concerts. Their music transported you!

Posted by Telarock on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 16:22pm


Moody Blues are (w/Jetho Tull) of the most glaring omissions from the Rock Hall.

Posted by Telarock on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 16:22pm
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Not going to debate one way or the other about either the Blues or Tull. May I direct your attention to the last post I left on the Link Wray page (Saturday).

After you finish, ask yourself if you think Tull or the Blues had this kind of potential effect on rock down the line. No need to answer if you wish not to. Just pause on it for a second.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 17:13pm


I am glad to see that some people are still fighting for the Moody Blues, and induction. I doubt that they will get in. Their problems are multiple, progressive rock ties (the list of great prog rock groups not inducted, is very long - prog like hard rock is forever punished by the nominators), my understanding is that their attitude made them unpopular in the wrong circles, dislike of classical music in rock because of modern attitudes towards classical in my opinion, some less then great stuff later in their career (now on that point R.E.M. is my favorite group - believe it or not replacing the Moody Blues - but I could say the same thing about them, or Elvis Costello another favorite, or the Rolling Stones or The Who for that matter - subpar albums are inevitable if you record that long)

But the two main criticisms are that they were not innovative enough - most of the critics in these posts point to that, and the fact that the critics generally hated them. I was absolutely shocked when I started listening and looked up their reviews how poorly they were scored. I thought Days of Futures Passed was incredible and innovative, and it got 2.5 stars out of 5 from Rolling Stone I belive, and that's their top score. After reading those reviews, I knew they would never be popular with critics, and little has changed on that point.

The other issue is innovation, and I think they get hurt three ways, one is that when you bring up prog or psychedelica they are not the first group that comes to most minds, rather it's Traffic, or Pink Floyed or King Crimson. And they weren't there during the heyday of the prog era, since they broke up from 72 to 77/78, so Yes, and ELP and Genesis become the powerhouses of Prog Rock. Second, when it comes to innovation, I don't believe they really mean innovation such as the melotron, I think they truly mean roots or beginnings. If you look at some of the more recent inductees, they have really focused on artists from crossover genres. I think the Hall governing board did this as there were criticisms that they weren't looking at the people who built the genre, and rightfully so. Lastly, the Moodies weren't at the front of the initial British invasion. By the time they hit it with Days of Future Passed (I don't include Go Now, because it really isn't a true reflection of the group they became), the Beatles were the group, and if they weren't it may be the Stones, plus the Who, the Kinks, and others were already stars.

The fact that the Moodies have outsold most of the groups inducted doesn't justify or not justify their induction, but it should beg the question, why have they done so well. The same point should be addressed with regards to Jethro Tull, Yes, Rush, Kiss, Deep Purple and many more. The nominators, voters and some of these posters need to understand that Halls of Fame are for the fans to celebrate their favorites, not the other way around (the fans pay the money to visit afterall) - although I fully agree that the people who built the industry and impacted society should have their place as well. Rather then looking for the best groups, personal agendas and some sort of politics seem to take precedence. I think this perception has damaged the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself - which really can't help who is in, or what is on display.

All I ask is that the nominating committee take all types of artists/groups into consideration regardless of whether they are a pioneer who sold very few albums, or sang grassroots in the 40s, doo wop in the early 60s, prog rock in the 70s, punk in the late 70s, new wave in the early 80s, rap in the late 80s, grunge in the early 90s or any other style. If necessary just nominate more groups to be more inclusive and let the voters decide. Remember the rules can and should be adjusted if they aren't working, and clearly for prog and hard rock fans that is the case.

Posted by Alpav on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 00:48am


Moody Blues IMO lyrically were the most insightful rock band in history. They explored the inner mind writing about exploring time and space. "To Our Children's Children" was about the space program and "Higher and Higher" is about the Apollo launch to the moon.

What other rock band wrote such lyrically deep songs on a consistant basis? The Beatles had some great lines like "Life goes on within you and without you". "Words are flowing out like endless rain into a papercup, they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe". They certainly expanded pop music to reach the soul but the Moodies did it over 7 albums whereas the Beatles only were writing about searching for inner conscienceness from 1967-1968. The Moodies did it for 5 years!

Vocally Justin Hayworth and Mike Pinder had very unique voices and no other singers sounded much like them. They were really good singers.

As far as being great players, I don't think the Moodies are on par with the Pink Floyd's or Led Zeppelin's in terms of instrumentation but the Beatles certainly weren't as good as the Moodies instrumentally.

So my comment leaves with the Moody Blues influenced so many young people in the 60's and 70's to think beyond their everyday reality and to see that life has so many stories and so many fates. The Moodies opened up people like me to look into the cosmos for answers to "why is it we are here?"

Though none of us have the answers the lyrics of the Moody Blues challenged many of us to ask the "questions".

RRHOF or not they revealed ancient and modern themes about people, love, our planet and our universe.

These guys were way ahead of the pop crowd.

Posted by Ed on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 15:54pm


I also feel that Procol Harum is another band that should be considered as one of the greatest rock bands in history. Robin Trower within the confides of that band played scorching guitar, especially if you had the chance to see him live with Procol Harum. Gary Brooker, a great rock n roll voice and piano man, BJ Wilson a fab drummer and Matthew Fisher on the Hammond organ was as influential as the Band in putting organ into rock n roll songs.

So while you are clamoring for the Moodies to get into the RRHOF, Procol should be on your list too.

Posted by Ed on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 16:00pm


The Moody Blues basically CREATED what later became known as English Progressive Rock. Sure, British bands started taking liberties when Sgt. Pepper kicked open the door to new possibilities, but the Moodys came out with "Days Of Future Passed" the SAME YEAR - and what a massive innovation it was! Their first 7 albums were simply blockbuster, filled with unique creativity that set them apart from many of their peers WHO HAVE BEEN INDUCTED BY THE ROCK HALL....for example, Pink Floyd. The band should have peaked then, but they had VOLUMES more to say. Enter the 1980's and ex-Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz. The album "Long Distance Voyager" was their biggest yet, reaching #1 and beginning a long stretch of success in yet another decade. HOW do the people in charge of the Hall Of Fame induction process justify keeping them out under such OBVIOUS circumstances?? The Moody Blues are a GLARING example of an act who belong in the Hall based simply on pure COMMON SENSE - a commodity the Rock Hall obviously does not possess.

Posted by Vince on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 22:16pm


So long as the Moody Blues are excluded from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I regard it as a fraud. I find myself downplaying some of the other inductees because IMHO they are not as worthy as the Moody Blues. Does Jann Wenner have that much of a stranglehold over the selections? I could go into detail about the many accomplishments and contributions made by the Moody Blues to rock music but this should be evident to any music fan. Is the induction committee planning to wait until the members are dead before bestowing this long overdue honor?
Please get over your personal biases and do the right thing.

Posted by Vincent Battaglia on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 06:30am


I think that it is terrible that the Moodies have not been inducted. I see Run DMC on the list and that makes me sick. They have not contributed anything to rock and roll. The Moodies started classical rock and the use of the Mellatron. Their music is fantastic and is positive. What has Run DMC contributed? All these rap and hip hop artists do not contribute anything positive to music. The Moodies are in a class of their own.

Posted by Rita Webber on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 16:02pm


I find it incredible that the Moodies have not been inducted. Considering some of the obscure "one-shot wonders" that are in leads me to believe the whole thing is political and raises questions as to the validity and relevance of the organization.

Posted by Wayne Roy on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 16:27pm


If Metallica are to metal what the Moodies are to symphonic rock than they should be in. Metallica are one of the top acts ever in their genre.

Likewise the Moodies are also near the top of their genre. They certainly were the first rock band to impliment classical movements into their music.

They meet the criteria for being commercially successful.

Lyrically, the message in their songs is about experimenting, traveling, uncovering the mysteries of the world and universe.

Not having them in the Hall Of Fame would be like not having Lou Gehrig in the baseball Hall of Fame. Sure Babe Ruth was more recognizable in that era, as the Beatles were, but after the Stones who else was there that had as much good music for as long as they did.

As great a band as Pink Floyd is and I love them dearly, they had a period after Sid Barrett's breakdown where they struggled musically with some below average stuff like Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother. About the worst I can say about the Moodies is that "A Question Of Balance" wasn't a great followup to "Threshold Of a Dream".

Posted by Ed on Monday, 04.6.09 @ 15:23pm


Moody Blues are another band that us fans love, but critics souly hate on the purpose of needing something to hate. Another band I personally want and I believe most of us want to get in, yet they don't have a chance based on the bias opinion of the people who run the hall of shame. I quote from Rolling Stones's biography on The Moody Blues, "No major band has been so relentlessly purveyed nonsense as have the Moodies; were it not for thier titantic success, in fact, they might easily be dismissed as an odd overlong joke". This was written by one Paul Evans, who clearly, much like what I said earlier wth the Small Faces, denies influence and almost pokes fun at a band's success. It gets me fustrated when a hall is run like a monarchy instead a democracy. The hall never listens to our opinions, instead they listen to thier own. When the majority of people would like to see a band appreciated are ignored it upsets me. When the majority wants bands of the rock genre to be inducted into a "Rock and Roll" hall are ignored it upsets me. When injustice is happening and we the majority can not stop it upsets me and it should darn well upset the rest of us too. This Hall of Shame is disgraceful and at least we know what bands deserve respect when it doesn't.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 20:59pm


When I listened to David Gilmour's song "A Pocketful Of Stones" (which appears on both "On An Island" and "Live In Gdansk" it reminded me of John Lodge's two ballads on "Strange Times" "Words You Say" and "Forever Now." If there was someone who could sing "Pocketful" just as well as Gilmour, it would be John Lodge. Alson on "Strange Times" there are two homages to Pink Floyd, one lyrical and one musical. The lyrical homage is in the song "English Sunset" where Justin Hayward talks about "the English way." ("Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way"---"Time" from DSOTM) The musical homage occurs at the beginning of "All That is Real Is You" where the music sounds as if it's coning from a transistor radio, a technique the Floyd made famous on "Wish You Were Here"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 00:37am


http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/themoodyblues/biography

Here's what Rolling Stone's thinks about the Moody Blues. No wonder they can't get inducted with this Magazine's attitude towards them.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 08:20am


Thanks for the link, Dude Man. Quite an interesting article, that definitely showcases Rolling Stone/the Hall's hate for the Moody Blues, the originator of progrock. It looks like it mike take a turnover in the voting panel before these guys get their due.

Posted by Jonny on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 11:27am


No at all problem. The fact that the Moody Blues have even been considered shocks me since Rolling Stones is one of the powerhouses running the hall.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 12:18pm


But actually I think the first progressive-rock band would have to be Procol Harem. The Moody Blues did form first and beat them to an album, but thier album wasn't a prog album. Procol Harem released thier first album which was a prog album just a few months before the Moody Blues went prog on thier second album.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 12:27pm


Yep, that song "Go Now" definitely had that "British Invasion" feel to it, nothing progressive about it at all. The fist album I owned by them was "Threshold of a Dream", and it was definitely an escape from some of the other stuff I was listening to...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 18:03pm


One band that is worth checking out is the Pinder Brothers (www.pinderbrothers.com). They are the offspring of original MB keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 11:27am


I have seen many concerts and by far the Moody Blues are one of the best live shows. I refuse to visit the hall of fame since the MB are not inducted. Frankly, its too late to induct them. It would be like an after thought...they should of been in a long time ago. I hope the band members dont really care or feel rejected. I love the Moody Blues, greatest band ever as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Tim on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 10:00am


Egbdf Face,

Did you know the name of the Moody Blues sixth album is "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" The initials are "EGBDF" which represents the five lines on the musical staff and the spaces spell "FACE"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 18:27pm


My ex was a medic in Vietnam and reel to reel of the Moody Blues kept them going. How have they not been inducted before this? It is such an injustice to the band and their many followers over the years.

Posted by Deborah Burns on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 21:35pm


-Unbelievable- Best describes the fact that "The Moody Blues" are not in The R & R Hall of Fame.
What rock is this committee living under ?? They
have pioneered & endured through three generations. Come on now and WAKE UP !!! It's already Tuesday Afternoon !!!

Posted by Jim Carey on Thursday, 09.10.09 @ 07:48am


Frankly, though it bothers me the folks who decide who gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame evidently lack the discerment to recognize the ground-breaking talent of the Moodies - there is a sense in which it doesnt matter. The music of the Moodies transcends the judgment of near-sighted moderns lacking sound reflective judgement. In other words, the Moody Blues are loved and respected by their many many fans, and the salute of a few folk with tastes no deeper than the latest rap record really is largely irrelevant. God bless the Moodies!

Posted by David Leitch on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 21:02pm


Along with being a lifelong Moodies' fan, I am also a member of the media, and in 1990, I had the distinct pleasure of not only meeting the band, but interviewing Justin and John prior to a concert they did at Chastain Park in Atlanta. The question of the Hall Of Fame--and their omission from it--was my wrap-up question. At the time, it didn't seem as if it was going to be a problem for them. It was 25 years since "Go Now" and Hayward and Lodge would be in the band 25 years themselves two years later. We all knew they had already met all "criteria" necessary, and it was already a surprise they had not yet joined their contemporaries in Cleveland. They certainly had every right to show any disappointment and even bitterness toward Rolling Stone (Dave Marsh was really their harshest critic. Marsh really slammed home the "pretentious" moniker that the magazine would make a trademark comment seemingly every time a Moodies' album was reviewed.) or any other publications that seemed to always stand in their way. Jan Wenner, of course, is the longtime publisher,and he's on that HOF selection committee.
But Justin and John merely said to me that ultimately, they had faith in their fans and would continue to count on their support. And with that classy statement, we were done. I left the show that night with a reinforced belief that I had not just simply met five of the most important people in rock 'n' roll, but five very professional and classy PEOPLE--PERIOD.
And yet, to this day, I regrettably feel that the only way this band is going to earn their rightful place in the Hall might very well have to be posthumous. Justin, John, Mike, Ray and Graeme may all have to die first. Wenner, Marsh, and Paul Evans, too.
Speaking of "pretentious," as soon as I learned Queen got in, the first song I thought of was "Bohemian Rhapsody." Hmmm. That one always seemed a tad "pretentious" itself.

Posted by Kevin C on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 16:13pm


Why did Rolling Stone magazine give all of the Moody Blues albums 1 out of 5 STARS?

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.8.09 @ 13:32pm


I might add that The Moody Blues album "Days of Future Passed" in 1967 was NOT actually their first album...

Their Debut album was actually: "The Magnificent Moodies" released in 1965...on Decca (UK) and London (USA).

The FIRST incarnation of The Moody Blues were a R & B influenced Outfit with Denny Laine (Guitar, Vocals) - Later with Paul & Wings and Clint Warwick (Bass, Vocals)...plus Mike Pinder (Piano, Vocals), Ray Thomas (Harmonica, Flute, Percussion, Vocals) & Graeme Edge (Drums, Percussion)

The Beatles "Abbey Road" song "She Came in Through The Bathroom Window" in fact references an incident at a 1965 Party The Moodies held which The Beatles attended....the girl in question climbed into Ray Thomas' bed !

The Moody Blues had a UK number One hit with "Go Now" in January 1965....plus a few other UK chart hits ...("I Don't Want To go on Without You", "Everyday", "From The Bottom of my Heart" - which anticipated The Choral vocal Harmonies of "Nights in White Satin") ...plus a bige Hit in germany with "Bye Bye Bird" in 1965...and a Denny Laine-Mike Pinder songwriting team emerged...penning first 'B' sides...later 1965-66 'A' sides such as "Boulevard de La Madelene" etc...

This R & B "Beat Group" version of the Moodies was pretty wild in concerts....they supported The beatles on a UK Tour....where Mike Pinder became good friends with John Lennon (Pinder appears on Lennon's "Imagine" in 1971),

I can assure you all that the First incarnation of The Moodies had as much "Raw Energy" as ANY Punk band ever had...!!! (listen to "Bye Bye Bird" live on Germany's "Beat Club" or Mike Pinder's wild song: "Really Haven't Got the Time" etc...)

While the Much Better know Justin Hayward fronted version of the band from 1966 onwards COULD be Equally as Powerful & Raw either in the Studio or onstage as any punk band either....ie."Leave This Man Alone","Peak Hour","Lovely To See You","Ride my See Saw" (Live),"Higher & Higher","Story in Your Eyes","You and Me", "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)" ....and later "Steppin' in A Slide Zone", "I'll Be Level With You", "Veteran Cosmic Rocker", "Sitting At The Wheel","Slings & Arrows", "Rock 'n'Roll Over You" ....etc

Justin Hayward's guitar solos have often been BLISTERING...for Example On Pinder's "How is it (We are Here)",Lodge's "It May Be A Fire", etc....

So anyone doubting the POWER...and Musical ability of The Moody Blues...in EACH of their Five Incarnations from 1964 until today...ought to first check out ALL their Recordings...and have seen the various versions of The band Live in Concert....Before they make Rash & UNINFORMED Judgements...!

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 10.17.09 @ 13:04pm


Re above comments concerning Dave Marsh....if that's the same guy who wrote books on The Who....he ought to compare the Vocal Harmonies of The Who to The Moody Blues....VERY SIMILER...

Plus The Who's "Lifehouse" project ALSO dealt with the "Lost Chord" Legend that The Moodies 1968 album referenced !!

....and in truth can ANYTHING really be as "Pretentious" as the "Tommy" Rock opera either....?

Great songs yes...but quite an absurd tale really (Remember Ken Russell's strange film version ?)

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 10.17.09 @ 13:25pm


The authenticity of the documents was challenged within hours on Internet forums and blogs, with questions initially focused on alleged anachronisms in the documents' typography and content soon spreading to the mass media. ,

Posted by Merlin67 on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 13:34pm


I do believe the Moody Blues belong at the top of the list to be inducted into the RRHOF. I do question some of the recent inductees and feel the committee has unfinished business with several 1960s groups and artists. They are truly one of the best, even to this day.

Posted by Kariann on Friday, 10.23.09 @ 02:03am


When I first heard "Days of Future Passed" I was totally blown away. It was a concept album way ahead of its time that was made for them, not the critics. They have forever since then made music for themselves and have forged a huge following doing what they do best. PLAY MUSIC! Not sucking up to critics. Being passed over yet again into the RRHOF is a travesty and shows how little being innovative, original, and talented has nothing to do with being inducted. If and when they are inducted I would be there in a heartbeat!

Posted by gooch on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 22:51pm


That the Moody Blues are not in the Hall of Fame is a complete joke. But what do we the common listeners of rock music know anyway, right? What do over 100 million records sold mean? What we've got judging the merits of various bands is a collection of biased judges who appropriate the definition of rock for themselves. Who are they to speak on behalf of the millions upon millions of people whose lives have been touched or transformed by the Moody Blues. I believe those critics lack sublimity of thought. For them, rock is primarily about sex and drugs in one form or another. There's no room for rock to probe the deeper nature of human thought or being. When speaking of the MBs, they often blur out the word 'pretentiousness', when in truth, it is they who are pretentious. Yet, how on earth can this be explained to such a bunch of neanderthals.
Though I feel disappointment at the thought of their injustice,
I also realize the game implied--that it is just this kind of controversy that the R&RHOF 'deciders' want. No? Just something to keep people engaged and the hall relevant.

By the way, I second the need to recognize the greatness of Procol Harum.

Posted by eric on Saturday, 12.5.09 @ 01:47am


Beyond belief that they have been snubbed..

Posted by Bruce on Wednesday, 12.9.09 @ 16:06pm


The Problem for Many TREMENDOUS Bands such as the moody Blues, The Zombies, Procol Harum, Barclay James Harvest, etc....who played Melodic, thoughtful "Prog Rock" / "Pastoral Rock" with a Classical stance....is that such music....along with say "Jazz Rock"..."Folk Rock" etc...has NEVER been Popular with the stuffy "jumped up" Rock Press !

Bands like Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, for a long time Genesis and others have also been similarly
"Mercilessly Attacked" by the music Press over the years....for DARING to tread their own Musical path...

Far SAFER to be into "Rock 'n Roll"..."The Blues"..."Punk" or "Indy"....to play it SAFE in effect !!!

those Artists always got a "Thumbs up"....as opposed to any Artists who dared go against the "Established Acceptable Norm" !

Hence the Hall of Fame will always induct a "Safe" supposedly PURIST (Ha ! Ha !) Artist over any who Don't conform to what the Music Media consider to be "Acceptable"....regardless of how many records they have been sold...concerts performed...or their influence & musical innovation !

Posted by Rob on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 05:28am


This is not a question about the Moodies being worthy of a nomination - this snub is clearly a vendetta against them for some reason.

A petition to the RRHOF to get the Moodies in is a waste of time, write to the companies who advertise in Rolling Stone Magazine and tell them you are not going to buy their products until Wenner gets his head out of his butt.

Posted by Ann on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 14:01pm


The American Band Chicago are apparently also being similarly snubbed due to a vendetta based on prejudice from an old grudge by some Music Journalist from way back I have read !

How many records sold, concert tickets sold.... people Entertained worldwide, and others been duly influenced ...have Groups like The Moody Blues and Chicago achieved between them....?

Posted by Ron on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 02:29am


Moody Blues are in the REAL ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Before I die I vow to go to Cleveland only for one reason, to piss on the R&R HOF.

Posted by Francesco Di Pacelli on Saturday, 12.19.09 @ 18:47pm


So many of us count the Moodies as their favorite band. They're far more signifigant than the rock hall. It's no so much rock music anyway. It's the kind of music that rhymes with our hearts and souls.

Posted by steve dee on Saturday, 12.19.09 @ 20:45pm


Now that Genesis is going in, the RRHOF should reconsider nominating and inducting The Moody Blues. I have read in the book "Genesis: Chapter & Verse" that original Moodies keyboardist Mike Pinder was interested in signing Genesis to the Moodies' Threshold label. Also, Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge felt the same way about King Crimson. Both Crimson and Genesis would sign to other labels, but I think it was a great gesture by the Moodies to advocate two bands that were exploring the possibilities of progressive rock.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 12.20.09 @ 03:55am


The Moody Blues is a no-brainer: "Yes" of course.

Just "Days of Future Passed" alone should be enough to get them inducted. What a record.

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 23:46pm


A few of points re "Days of Future Passed"....

The Narrator of Graeme Edge's poems is Mike Pinder not Ray Thomas...

careful listening shows that aside from Strings added over the final portion of "Nights in White Satin" (album version only) & some orchestration on "The Sun Set" ...orchestra & band NEVER actually perform together at all...!

The Moodies simply reeled off each song...which they had been performing as part of their live show...and Peter Knight duly came up with some stunning Orchestral links to each song....plus also an Overture & Outro...

The whole thing was very quickly laid down...in about a week...at Decca studios...for a Stereo promoting Budget series album...Decca thinking they were going to get "Dvorak's Symphony for The new World" in Rock ! (thankfully Hugh Mendle was a big supporter of the band, as was Lionel Bart too....thus Decca were persuaded to release it !)

The Mellotron was actually used first by Manfred Mann (hit single "Semi Detached Suburban Mr.James" & Album "As Is" in 1966) just before Mike Pinder introduced The Beatles to the instrument...tho' Mike quickly pioneered it's use from "Love and Beauty" (1967) onwards...by "Doubling up" the instrument's tapes with two sets of orchestral sounds...& duly removing all the unrequired "Sound effects" tapes !

While the Moodies "Core seven" albums from 1967 to 1972 will always stand as their "CLASSIC" era....

...their later material is not that bad as some always try to suggest... "Long Distance Voyager" (1981), "The Other Side of Life" (1986) & "Sur La Mer" (1988) featuring Patrick Moraz on keyboards were VERY BIG selling albums...that got the old Prog rockers a new younger audience & KEPT public interest in them....the 80's onwards albums have their merits, despite some older era fans bigotry...(I remember some fans who HATED them dropping all the R & B songs in 1966 !)

Rock critics always hated them...as they could not Catergorise their music...thus just safely labelled them as "Pretentious"....

Obviously when Justin Hayward & Mike Pinder were both in the band together ...plus John Lodge, Ray Thomas & Graeme Edge ...the combined creativity was at it's peak - they even made TWO Big selling all original albums in 1969 !


The Moody Blues...For ALL their eras....

from 1964 to 1966 (The 'R & B' Brumbeat Band with Denny Laine & Clint Warwick...who began songwriting with "Pinder-Laine")

from 1966 to 1978 (The "CLASSIC" Moodies: Justin Hayward, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, John Lodge & Graeme Edge)

From 1978 to 1988 (With Patrick Moraz on keyboards)

....and thereafter...

The Moody Blues complete career....DESERVES Induction into ANY "Hall of Fame"

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 01.6.10 @ 12:13pm


The Moody Blues- House Of Four Doors 1968
Genesis- Chamber of 32 Doors 1974

The Moody Blues- Dr. Livingstone I Presume 1968
Genesis- Looking For Someone 1970
U2- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 1987

The Moody Blues- Are You Sitting Comfortably 1969
Pink Floyd- Comfortably Numb 1979

The Moody Blues- Gemini Dream 1981
The Alan Parsons Project- Gemini 1982

The Alan Parsons Project- The Voice 1977
The Moody Blues- The Voice 1981

Asia- Wildest Dreams 1982
The Moody Blues- Your Wildest Dreams 1986

The Moody Blues- Meet Me Halfway 1983
Kenny Loggins- Meet Me Halfway 1987

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.13.10 @ 08:51am


It is my understanding that they do not want to be inducted, nor would they accept. According to what I have heard, their music is their award, as is their fans, and that is what is important to them, not some superfluous award.

Posted by Arthur on Sunday, 01.31.10 @ 17:22pm


Agreed, I saw them in St.Louis in Sept 09 and they were amazing. who cares if they are not in the HoF the fans know how amazing these guys are. they have been and always shall be my favorite band, I dont care what Rolling stone and all the other people say. and neither do they. :) Keep on rocking Moodies!

Posted by Lucas on Tuesday, 02.9.10 @ 16:33pm


The Moody Blues aren't in the RRHOF???....What a disgrace! Now that the shift across the pond is official...ABBA, Hollies, Genesis...The Moody Blues MUST be NEXT!!!

Posted by LECAA on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 06:21am


Guess I'm late to the dance on this one, I just naively assumed that the Moodies were inducted a long time ago. I'm absolutely shocked, floored, stunned, how else can I put it!$%*?$!@!!!
Even setting aside their decades-long run and album sales over 40 years, lets not forget the incredible musical richness of their work. There are only a small handful of groups, ie the Beatles, the Stones, the Floyd, who can touch the Moodies in terms of sheer playing ability, arrangements, and vocal range. The Moodies are in that highest echelon of gifted artists from the 60's who have left us an incredible legacy of work. "Letters are written, never meaning to send", well I'm sending this email and I damn sure hope the RRHOF committee reads it!

Posted by Tom on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 09:41am


IMHO the Hall can do without them. I mean, seriously, what did they really contribute to the perpetuation of rock & roll? "Nights in White Satin"? Allright, fine. What else? A couple of overblown concept albums that no one really cares about these days. I find their record sales of yesteryear are truly impressive but more in the sense of puzzling. Thanks but no thanks.
I don't mind if anybody likes them, so please don't call me any names just because I don't. I just don't really see their influence on today's music scene. The same applies to bands like Rush, Yes or Jethro Tull. I'm not one of those who dismiss the entire prog genre in general (or any other genre for that matter), it did yield some decent and interesting results, but in my view it hasn't aged very well, mainly because it and its protagonists were too pretentious and took themselves and what they did too seriously (not including Pink Floyd who are one of my all-time favourite bands; they were a league of their own). To me it's more like a blind alley in the history of R&R, more of an obsolete fad than timeless art. I can see that quite a few people are still rooting for these bands and this kind of music, but I guess you had to be there.

Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 20:19pm


Careful now, EVERY ARTIST eventually is going to be viewed as obsolete by some, perhaps by most, it just all depends on your musical tastes (or lack thereof). Will kids in the 2020's have any interest in hearing Pearl Jam or Lady Gaga? Will they remember Cold Play, Nirvana,The Ramones, U2, yet alone The Beatles, Les Paul, or Sun House? Time will tell. I for one still enjoy Beethoven once in awhile, and yet he's been dead almost 2 centuries. I happen to think that ragtime tunes I've heard on Beale Street in Memphis, first played 100 years ago in New Orleans whorehouses, still resonates just fine with me, as does "Amazing Grace", penned who knows how long ago and countless tangos and Spanish love ballads I grew up with. So I really think you have a very narrow view on this. I respect your musical tastes, whatever you're into, but on behalf of the boys from Birmingham and Moody fans from Rio to London to NYC to Denver to my hometown of Buenos Aires, I'm happy to tell you that 50 million plus in album sales and 40 years of touring across the globe speaks for itself. You also seem to have an American-centric, critic's bubble point-of-view, I mean if these talented chaps don't pass the almighty grade then I'd say its time to raze the RRHOF and build a new one.

"Took themselves too seriously" you say? Compared to who? Compared to more straight-forward,down-to-earth acts like rappers draped in massive gold chains sitting on fake thrones surrounded by ass-bearing "bitches", or inductees like The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, or The Material Girl? "Overblown" you say? Compared to what? Compared to (seemingly) easier-to-understand non-concept albums like "Kill em All" by Metallica? And I for one am constantly puzzled too when I pull up to an intersection and get blasted with the bass-thumping sounds of monotone,repetitive rap or screaming death-metal overlayed with angry, obscene, hate-filled lyrics. As far as your musical points, if its not your cup of tea of course I respect that, but its all pretty hypocritical in light of how many lesser-selling groups of debatable-impact have made it into the RRHOF over the years, ie The Dave Clark Five, The Stooges, The Rascals, to name but a few. I mean no offense to any of them when I say that, but for those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's (and yes I was there for a good part of it and I do remember it vividly thank you), the Moodies unquestionably were one of the biggest English supergroups of that era, not just a brief flash in the pan with 2 or 3 Top 40 singles, far from it. They were massively popular and far more recognizable worldwide than many of the RRHOF members were at their height of popularity.

I recognize that all of the inductees have their own special niche in music history (including hip-hop pioneers Run DMC) or else they wouldn't be inducted in the first place (so it is to be hoped). And I confess that I/we should avoid the obvious generational bias that all of us are subject to. Every year the induction process draws heat from fans who feel cheated that their favorite group didn't make it in, that's not where I'm coming from. I actually took the time to look up a slew of inductees, many that I'd never or hardly even heard of, and others that I know but whose selection perplexed me, and in each case I confess that I learned a lot about them that I never knew; from Abba (yes, your favorite and mine) who occupy 4th place in all-time record sales, far ahead of The Stones and U2 (go figure !%#@?) to Bruce Springsteen's praise of The Hollies, to the impact of the eardrum-bursting defiance of the Sex Pistols, to Patti Smith's influence (I thought she was just a one-album wonder before I read her bio) to so many blues and R&B artists whose studio work influenced many other well-known top acts. In short, at the end of the day even Del Shannon, Gladys Knight & The Pips (talk about not "aging well"), and Parliment-Funkadelic ( ah yes, more "timeless art"), all none the less have their rightful earned place in the RRHOF, but so do The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues might not play the big arenas anymore (how many groups from even 10 years ago can do that, yet alone the ones from the 60's?) but they are playing tonight at DAR Constitution Hall in downtown Washington DC, not exactly a "blind alley" venue. And if you're ever walking in Central Park and you pass the Strawberry Fields memorial, just remember that the opening flute-like sound of that classic song was played on a mellotron, an instrument pioneered by John Lennon's buddy, Mike Pinder, the original Moody Blue himself; who, like the rest of the Moodies and The Beatles, in addition to their musical artistry also brought this complex world a very simple, timeless message of peace and love. And that my friend is a clarion call that will never be obsolete.

Posted by Tom on Friday, 03.26.10 @ 18:00pm


The Moody Blues are one of the great under appreciated bands of the past. The core seven albums are some of the best music every produced. I really would like to see this band recognized in the near future. They are still a touring act and could perform at the induction ceremony. What will it take to get them considered?

Posted by art correiro on Sunday, 03.28.10 @ 14:28pm


This is one of one of the Bands which I think they deserve go into the hall of fame. I might be young but I not into Justin Beaver and Miley Cryus I Love old school a lot better than now or today. I also think Electric Light Orchestra and Weird Al. All deserve to go next year. Who agrees with me?

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 04.8.10 @ 12:28pm


One of the most deserving groups around since the 60's who have contribulted so much and still touring to sell out crowds are the Moody Blues. The nominating committee must have their heads up there behinds seeing some of the groups they've inducted. Makes no sense.

Posted by JD on Thursday, 05.13.10 @ 07:18am


The Moody Blues are definitely deserving - a classy group that is still tours regularly, still sounds great and has some of the best songs ever. I just think the nominating people have dug their heels in and for whatever reasons will not induct them. It is more a comment on the Hall of Fame than the Moody Blues, who still have a loyal following. (If you ever get to see a concert, and I highly recommend it, just watch how it grows into a huge party during the last five or so songs.) My bottom line - it does not matter to me anymore if they are inducted. They just keep performing great music to appreciative fans and show no sign of stopping. Lucky for me.

Posted by Jim on Sunday, 05.16.10 @ 09:40am


I was listening to the live version of "Higher and Higher" on Sirius/XM's "Deep Tracks" channel and tried to figure out which popular song was influenced by the guitar riff. Then it hit me, Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" has a similar guitar riff to the MB's "Higher And Higher"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 05.21.10 @ 10:23am


Are they deserving?
Absolutely! Will They? Probably not.

I think the cats that make these decisions are freekin nutz!

Posted by Dwight Panko on Thursday, 06.10.10 @ 21:38pm


"Motorhead,Madonna and a numerous bunch of other groups that think they are rock and roll are nuts."

You don't think Motorhead are rock and roll? Time to cut back on the LSD, I think.

"The Clash is in the Hall of Fame, but not the Moody Blues. Makes you wonder about what the standards are, or who is voting. Maybe quality of music is not in the criteria."

Makes me wonder why anyone would take you seriously if you don't understand why The Clash were inducted.

"Like KISS, Deep Purple, Rush, yada yada....another act that those growing up in the era cherished but hasn't aged well or had much influence on anything halfway decent. If half of these users would listen to something new or under-the-radar, they'd realize just how boring these dinosaur acts are and we wouldn't have an endless deluge of 'Boston should be in the hall, they sold 7 billion albums in four days'-type comments." - Casper

What about those of us who are on both sides? I agree that Boston is overrated and shouldn't be inducted. I like Gang of Four, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Stone Roses and The Cure, and I think they should all be inducted. I also agree that Husker Du, Kraftwerk and The Replacements should be inducted. I also like Echo & the Bunnymen, and think there might be room to argue for their induction. I also like Bauhaus. At the same time, I like Deep Purple and think they should be inducted. I also think there's room to argue for Rush and KISS. I think the Hall can probably accomodate all of the above. It's not a crime to be at both ends of the spectrum, is it?

Regarding the Moodies: I can't say I've really paid attention to them, but I do think they should be inducted, for the reasons people have already said.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 16:20pm


"Makes me wonder why anyone would take you seriously if you don't understand why The Clash were inducted."

Agree, I also agree with you on liking underground and older mainstream acts. I don't see how you can say that KISS, Rush and Deep Purple didn't influence anyone.

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 16:48pm


I quite agree. The evidence is overwhelmingly in our favor.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 08.5.10 @ 21:54pm


Makes you wonder, maybe the HOF has it's wires crossed. Sirius/XM radio broadcasts from there and Classic Vinyl plays the Moody Blues every day. When they do, the same thought enters your mind, or at least mine,....why haven't the Moody Blues been inducted yet????

Posted by jim on Monday, 08.16.10 @ 09:40am


"It's not a crime to be at both ends of the spectrum, is it?" - Sam

I quite agree, the argument that mainstream acts like the aforementioned Boston, KISS, Deep Purple, Rush, etc aren't cool just because they are more mainstream has always struck me as a bit hypocritical, especially since it's called the Rock & Roll Hall of "Fame" (I know fame isn't criteria, but neither is playing Rock & Roll). It's this sort of mindset that labels an act as "corporate rock" or "sell outs" just because nothing of more substance can be found to be said against them. Don't get me wrong, many of these bands shouldn't be in just because the criteria IS I&I but I endorse Sam's statement.

As for the Moody Blues, well, those of you who have been following my posts on other regions of this site know I'm in favor of their induction.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 04:29am


It really is a shame these guys have been looked over so many times. For us 30 something's who were introduced to the Moody's via their folks, it astounds me to see video of the band performing live. They were able to achieve such a full sound and play note for note. This is before click tracks, seqencers and picth corrected vocal tracks, yet I hear five part harmonies and very solid arrangement. It is high time for their induction. Their use of the Melotron and embracing and incorporating its uses far superseeds any artist on the new poll list. GNR, Metallica, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly etc ....? Hmmmm. Would there be a little tune called Strawberry Fields Forever if Pinder did'nt introduce the tron to Lennon ? What is holding them back ???

Posted by DDD on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 07:44am


"Don't get me wrong, many of these bands shouldn't be in just because the criteria IS I&I but I endorse Sam's statement."

KISS is a tough call, but I favor inducting them due to their rather large influence. Whether Rush was innovative or not has been debated long enough, so I'll just say they're way overdue based on their talent and influence. Deep Purple? Definitely bounds of talent, innovation AND influence there. Should have been inducted either at the 25th anniversary of In Rock or the 25th anniversary of Machine Head, so they should've been in at least 13 years ago. I detest the term "corporate rock" as all musicians are out to make money, and "sell out" for the same reason. The latter is mainly used as a buzz-word for "they changed and I didn't, and I don't like it." There's nothing wrong with liking mainstream and underground. No, Boston shouldn't be inducted.

"Their use of the Melotron and embracing and incorporating its uses far superseeds any artist on the new poll list. GNR, Metallica, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly etc ....? Hmmmm." - DDD

I'd consider GNR a toss-up, though I am a fan. They'll get in regardless of who else does because they're just too big to ignore. Metallica ARE in the Hall, and quite rightly. But yes, I agree The Moody Blues should be inducted.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 08.24.10 @ 20:22pm


THE MOODYS DESERVE THIS - A LOT. It's time to recognize their great output, excellent songwriting, and many years of fastastic concerts and touring. The time is now

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 09.26.10 @ 03:56am


I feel an artist should be elected to the Hall of Fame for being influencial to other artists as well as starting a new genre of music.
The Moodies were really the first rock group to involve a symphony orchestra and create a symphonic sound to their music. They were the first of that genre of music, a precursor to Yes or ELP.
They have longetivy, lots of hit records, a song that has been recorded by so many artists (Nights in White Satin), still tour and it is amazing that they are ever considered. Am I missing something????

Posted by Sid on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 12:53pm


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will remain incomplete without this incredible classic rock band. To compare them with who is already in is absolutely embarassing! One of the 10 greatest bands of all time.

Posted by John K on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 16:10pm


Are they ever going to get inducted? I remember back in the 90's in Goldmine Magazine where the Moody Blues got the most votes on who would you induct. I saw them this past summer and they are still touring with several generations of fans going to see them. What are you people waiting for? All I can say is if they ever get in, Moody Blues Fans will be celebrating around the world. They truely deserve it.

Posted by DDD on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 05:22am


You should change your name to Hall Of Shame for no Moody Blues Band. How is it Milli-Vanlli is going in 2012???? This is a slap in the face to the Band. They should'nt even be on the list since they got busted for not singing at all. In fact they won an award years ago and it was taken back from them. So you should take Milli-Vannlli out and replace them with the Moody Blues Band. thanks

Posted by Pab on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 05:23am


The first seven albums by the Moody Blues were groundbreaking. From the use of the mellotron, to being backed up by a symphony orchestra, to having four lead singers in one band, to classical arrangements...the Moody Blues certainly are superior to many of the acts that have been voted into the HOF. However, I also believe, much as I love the Moodies, that their body of work has been diminished by most of the albums (not all) that they have made following the first seven. Some of them, such as the most recent "December," are loaded with bad music. I believe it's because of the departures of, first, Mike Pinder in 1978, and then more recently, Ray Thomas in 2003. They added an edge and an ethereal quality to the Moodies' music that the ballads of Hayward or the up-tempo songs of Lodge just can't match. I give them credit for getting back into the studio periodically and actually creating new music, when many bands of the sixties and seventies have merely hung on by playing and replaying their catalog of music written decades before. However, the music they're writing now, versus what they wrote in their younger days, just isn't as good. And I think for that reason, they have not been voted in. "In Your Wildest Dreams" is not groundbreaking music. Commercial yes. Groundbreaking no. I think they'd be in the HOF if they had stopped at seven albums, or even eight. They should still be in, because those first seven do exist, but they've been tarnished by what's come after.

Posted by Cliff on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 05:24am


Your institution pufs the big horn. Your name s/b changed to the HALL OF SHAME. I started playin my Les Paul Jr. in 1954. I still teach in my retirement. I am eminently qualified to comment on you misguided judgement. I love & listen to all types of music. I have never missed the Moodies, in nearlyu 40 yrs., whenever they come to chicago, wisconsin, or rockford. They are one of the most impressive, live acts ,still playing to sold out crowds. This is a exceptional credit, with the changes in the band. I play as well as any guitarist, that Les Paul would call, one of the few really greats, with with 53 yrs. of play. You should hang your head in shame, for not inducting Justin Hayward, for his live extended, scorching, solos. The Moodies have had exceptional vocal harmony, matched by only a few top bands. The whole of the Moody Blues, is greater than the sum of its parts. With sales approaching 300 million, & still playing together since 1964, you must be deaf & blind to have missed them.I feel fortunate to have every recording they ever made, as a group, & with a few breaks before regrouping. Where could you find another Patrick Mpraz, Ray Thomas, or mellotron man?. You disgust me. If your hair was on fire, I would not spit on you. You will never see one dollar of mine, donated, or spent in your disgraceful building. One who knows.

Posted by Aye on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 05:26am


Gee, sure seems like the same person over and over above me.
Also what do you mean take Milli-Vanilli out of the hall? they were never in!

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 10:19am


"I've read that selections are voted on by rock historians and experts, don't FANS have a say? Would love to see them inducted-soon."

The fans voting on the whole would not be a good thing at all as evidenced by some postings (I'd laugh about the hypocritical people trying to claim a bias against prog whilst dictating who isn't rock 'n' roll; I would, if it wasn't so pathetic. I support the following idea: If a fan wants to have a say then they get quizzed on musical or rock history. If they pass they get to vote; a good way to keep things running whilst getting some well-informed new blood.

"For the love of God...how can performers like The Pretenders,(1hit)and others be inducted and not the Moody Blues,Alice Cooper,Kiss...this is crazy.Must be a political statement."

The Pretenders, one hit? In the US they had 3 Top 10 albums and 6 Top 40's. In the UK: 1 #1, 5 Top 10's, and 12 Top 40's. As far as the US Hot 100 (the US singles chart) is concerned: 2 Top 10's, 5 Top 20's and 6 Top 40's (off by 5 on that 1 chief.) 6 Top 40's on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, including 2 Top 10's. The US Mainstream Rock Tracks Charts numbers are even better: 2 #1's, 9 Top 10's and 14 Top 40's. Another 6 Top 30's on the US Adult Contemporary Chart, including 2 Top 10's. In the UK: 1 #1, 6 Top 10's and 13 Top 40's. Your "1 hit" statement was way inaccurate, so maybe try checking the facts before you speak next time. Even besides that, they were influential enough to be worthy.

"Yet the Pretenders and Sex Pistols with not near the following have been inducted. How many of the groups that are being nominated will have this type of longevity?"

Not many is the answer to your question, but sales is a secondary factor, more like a seasoning than actual meat and potatoes. My question: You are aware that the Sex Pistols were just as influential as the Moodies (if not more influential), right?

"The Moody Blues, Deep Purple and YES should all be in by now...not Madonna, for example. At this point the RARHOF looks like a big joke."

The Madonna induction was the correct call, though I'm not a fan, but I agree all 3 of those bands should've gone in first.

"please tell me why in 2012 you're putting in Mili Vanilli they don't even sing. You're putting i Happy Monday's .Debbie Gibson. In 2013 you're putting Gorilla Biscuits. this is out of hand You should remove the Milli Vanilli one and replace them with the Moody Blues Band..thanks"

Mili Vanilli aren't getting inducted in 2012 (if ever), they're just becoming eligible. Happy Monday's aren't in, though they should get in at some point (will never happen.) The Mondays fit the criteria regardless of what you or the Hall have to spout off about it.

"People complain that the Moodies were 'bombastic' and don't like their use of orchestras. Look, someone had to blaze that trail, because Rock and Roll is a wild child that's going to jump the bones of blues and gospel and country and even folk, and yes, it's gonna jump the bones of classical music and make for one wild night of future passed.

For the Moodies to be denied a place in the R&R Hall just because the music doesn't appeal to some critics is to castrate what Rock and Roll is all about. Face it, Rock and Roll is a bastard child, parents of all pedigrees; it's amusing to hear critics sniff in snobbish disdain at the Moodies, drawing imaginary boundaries for their little imaginary anal country of Rockvania. So prog rock is out?

I love punk music, and I love the Moodies music. I enjoy avocados and I enjoy grapes, but I don't want them to taste the same just because I love them. I wouldn't shut either punk or prog out of the Hall. Some people would, but those people aren't on my Christmas list."

Cheers to Gargle McPharg for an intelligent comment. Beats people trying to act like Run DMC and the Sex Pistols didn't contribute anything (oh the irony.)

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 10:57am


Extremly smart post Sam! It is nice to see someone bring some reason to some of these crazy conversations and comments.

Posted by Gassman on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 11:30am


Influence:
I can't find many bands that seem to be influenced by the Moodies. Gonna have to be a No.
NO
Innovation
They were among the first rock band to combine Classical music and rock Music.
YES
Commercial
They have sold 70 million records. Sure seems like commercial sucess to me.
YES

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 11.10.10 @ 10:33am


Should have been in immediately---solid albums---progressive music for their time---and WHO else in rock n roll has a smoother voice than Justin Heyward ? The rock n roll "hall of SHAME" is what it should be called

Posted by kurt on Friday, 11.12.10 @ 14:22pm


To the question of influential. Three Points: 1. Mike Pinder turned the Beatles onto the Melotron which was the defining sound in Strawberry Fields. 2. In the book Progressive Rock by Leyton Hewitt, The Moody Blues are the first band listed in the bibliography. 3. Genesis (the only prog band in the hall of fame) were designed to be a "moody blues copy" by producer Jonathan King.

Posted by marshall on Thursday, 11.18.10 @ 22:47pm


"Genesis (the only prog band in the hall of fame)"

I hate this revisionist crap. Ever heard of PINK FLOYD? The Doors? Traffic?

Posted by Sam on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 09:26am


"Ever heard of PINK FLOYD? The Doors? Traffic?"

Just Floyd and Genesis. Traffic had some proggish elements, the Doors -- not really.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 11:05am


Bowie and the Beatles were more prog than the Doors.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 11:06am


Queen too.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 11:08am


Knights In White Satin and Your Wildest Dreams are the only songs I know.

Posted by Suex on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 19:24pm


One of the most underrated bands i could think. these guys should have been in with no question, though im mean they couldn't have forgotten about them, they'll probably be put in soon. if ur gonna think of the top ten bands of the 60's then moody blues will be surely on ur list no doubt. and they are one of the most recognisable.

Posted by phil on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 11:29am


i cant believe these guys are not in the rock hall. i live in cleveland and have never went to the hall. i was really into wmms heavy push to get here but every-time i hear the years inductees its a turn off. #1 criteria you write and perform your own music!

ps- MMS blows now as well,, sell out fools.. bring back kid, ruby, jeff and flash

Posted by gary on Thursday, 12.16.10 @ 08:52am


to GFW who can't find many bands influenced by The Moody Blues....

how about:
1) The Beatles
A) - mellotron on 'Strawberry Fields Forever' after Mike Pinder introduced John Lennon to the instrument
B) The song 'She came in Through The bathroom window' on 'Abbey road' relates to an incident at a party in 1965 the Moodies held that the Fab four attended
C)'Tuesday Afternoon is never ending...' line in 'Lady Madonna' (1968) ....refences 'Forever Afternoon (Tuesday ?) of Moodies 1967 album 'Days of Future Passed'

2) The Rolling Stones - Brian Jones plays a 'spaced out' Mellotron on '2000 light Years from Home' in 1967 on 'Satanic Majesties'after The Moodies had used it similarly on 'Love and beauty' (rather than just to simulate a string section)-

3) Maurice Gibb plays a 'Moodies-ish' style Mellotron on classic Bee Gees tracks: 'Every Christian Lion hearted man Will Show You'& 'World' with similar atmospheric style rather than just to simulate strings after the Moodies 1967 use on 'Love and Beauty'

4) Rod Argent uses a similar style mellotron on The Zombies 1968 album 'Odyssey and Oracle' (i.e. on 'Changes')

5)All that, plus Mike Pinder's 'classical styled surges' in the Mellotron & keyboard build ups - with 'doubled up tapes' - in 1967 in turn influences the (then) new band 'The Pink Floyd' on their tracks like 'Cirrus Minor' etc

6) New British Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest use mellotron similarly on 'Early Morning' single in 1968 and use spoken word passages on their first album ('dark now my Sky')- later they even do a song titled: 'Poor Man's Moody Blues'

7)Procol Harum similarly use Mellotron & spoken word passages on 'Shine on Brightly' album in 1968....after Moodies DOFP album of 1967

8) Early Genesis clearly copy the overall Moodies style - at Producer Jonathan King's admission on their initial Decca recordings

9) Soul Legends The Four Tops cover both Mike Pinder Moodies songs: 'A Simple Game' &'So Deep Within You'

10) Famed UK guitar band The Shadows later do an instrumental version of 'Nights in White Satin'

10) UK band Slade (then 'Ambrose Slade') cover the Moodies song 'Fly Me High' on their first album 'beginnings'

11) 'New wave' UK R & B band Dr.Feelgood namecheck The Moody Blues ('...We was a swingin' to the Moody Blues...') in one of their songs

12) British white Soul singer Elkie Brookes covers 'Nights in White Satin'& has a UK hit with it...

11) USA Singer/songwriter John Denver raises his profile as opening act for the Moody blues on their early seventies tours...leading to his getting a TV show on the BBC in Britain, an important career boost for him in Europe....and the USA too !

12) UK Band 10c.c. duly record in a 'Moody Blues' style when working with Justin Hayward on his UK chart hit song 'Blue Guitar' in 1975.

13)The Moodies distinctive 'choral' four part surging harmonies...in evidence as early as 'From The Bottom of my Heart (I Love You)' back in 1965 have inspired & been copied by MANY bands since

14)...including Queen - whose Producer Roy Thomas baker had engineered some Moodies tracks circa 1967-68

15) Ray Thomas flute playing in 1965 ('I've Got A Dream') ...and later on 'Nights in White Satin' (1967)influenced many later artists who utilised a flute on Pop & Rock records.
Only a very few bands (i.e. Moodies, Manfred Mann, early Chicago, B,S & T) had an "in group" featured flute player... pre 1966 & The Moodies were first to use an actual "group" member flute player on the 'A' side of a hit single in 1967.

that's a fair bit of influence on fellow artists...yes ?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 05:28am


I should point out The Moodies were first to use the flute in a featured 'solo' on an 'A' side played by a group member...in 1967

Mike Vickers had played a flute intro on 'Come Tomorrow' by Manfred Mann in 1965...but not as a solo instrument, Vickers' flute accompanied the guitar intro to the song, but was never featured as a solo instrument on that recording.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 05:38am


...and a further point...

in working with an orchestra on 'Days of Future Passed' in 1967 The moodies initiated future such famous Group/Orchestra works such as:

'In concert With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra' by Procol Harum

'Concerto for Group and Orchestra' by Deep Purple.

among other Artists...

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 05:49am


I don't see how a band covering another equals influence, you can like a song by a band and not be influenced by them.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 10:01am


so going by that logic The Beatles or Elvis never influenced anybody then....?

Posted by Rob on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 11:26am


I never said anything like that. Elvis invented rock n roll and The Beatles took it to a higher level. I mean hell, you used queen as an example but they sure dont sound like the moody blues to me.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 12.24.10 @ 13:25pm


you said you didn't see how one band covering another equaled influence

many have covered The Beatles and Elvis - but going by your argument that apparently does NOT equal influence does it?

your now adopt a completely different argument re Elvis 'inventing' Rock & Roll and The Beatles taking it to a 'Higher level'...

which is just opinion - Elvis himself actually began singing as a country singer & also did gospel music and he also covered artists like Carl Perkins etc...who influenced him !

The Beatles were themselves heavily influenced by the many artists THEY covered....notably Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Burt Bacarach, Mowtown artists, various female Pop artists etc...

Queen's vocal harmonies are influenced By The Moody Blues with regard to the 'Choral' sound they utilise, plus their use of layered keyboards in a 'symphonic' style, and the dramatic build up of their songs in a classical type atmospheric 'wave' of sound on certain tracks...

Bands don't have to actually "sound like another artist" to have nevertheless been influenced by them...it's the basic ideas and musical structures that show the influence

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 12.25.10 @ 03:20am


"that's a fair bit of influence on fellow artists...yes ?"

Yes, and a well-done assesment. Five stars. I didn't even know that about Queen.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 06:46am


... Yeah i got nothing to arge against that.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 06:53am


geez, I guess I just assumed the Moodys were in the Hall . . . how can they NOT be -- especially when they've been eligible over 20 years??? . . .

just on the basis of "Days Of Future Passed" and "A Question Of Balance" they should be in ("Minstrel's Song" is GREAT number) . . . these guys were pioneers of orchestral rock, and they had a lineup that remained pretty stable for many years . . . what on Earth does a band have to do to get invited to the party? . . . whatever it is, the Moodys have undoubtedly done it, and earlier and better than most . . .

I vote YES! . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 16:40pm


Aeroplane said: "The following are listed are 'Greatest Bands of the British Invasion'

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. The Who
4. The Kinks
5. The Animals
6. The Yardbirds
7. The Dave Clark Five
8. The Moody Blues
9. The Hollies
10. The Troggs"

Where the Hell did you find that list? And why are you making it sound as if it's so "official" (ie "the following ARE," no questions asked type logic). That list sounds to me like you ripped it off digitaldreamdoor and rearranged it to suit your own agenda. The original Greatest Artists of The British Invasion looks like this:

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. The Kinks
4. The Who
5. The Yardbirds
6. The Animals
7. The Dave Clark Five
8. The Hollies
9. Dusty Springfield
10. Herman's Hermits
11. Gerry and the Pacemakers
12. The Searchers
13. Peter & Gordon
14. Manfred Mann
15. Petula Clark
16. The Troggs
17. Donovan
18. The Zombies

I'll stop there, the Moody Blues are down at #24 and the Spencer Davis Group are way down at #37. This list is almost just as bad as Aeroplane's though as it begins to lose credibility after #6, saying some of the acts between #7-#17 are more important than the Zombies is a joke. To make it easier, let's try and compile a British Invasion Bands list only (so we don't have to deal with Dusty, Petula, Pete/Gord and Donovan), here's how I would put it together, also, let's stick with first wave so we don't have to deal with Cream, Procol Harum (though more prog than BI) and Led Zeppelin right now, which would make it more complicated:

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. The Kinks
4. The Who
5. The Yardbirds
6. The Animals
7. The Zombies
8. The Dave Clark Five
9. The Hollies
10. The Spencer Davis Group

There's my Top 10, the Moody Blues I wouldn't necessarily call a British Invasion band as really only their first album could be argued as such. Thoughts?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.8.11 @ 06:39am


Good. Me likey. Spencer Davis and The Zombies are the only two of those not in, and The Zombies I'd probably induct.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 03.12.11 @ 04:57am


Knights In White Satin and Your Wildest Dreams are the only songs I know.

Posted by Suex on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 19:24pm

Same here! Their biggest hits!

Posted by Xdec1 on Sunday, 03.13.11 @ 20:44pm


Knights In White Satin and Your Wildest Dreams are the only songs I know.

Posted by Suex on Friday, 11.19.10 @ 19:24pm


Hmmm. I didn't know they had a song called "Knights" in White Satin ;)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.14.11 @ 01:42am


Why did all their albums get one out of five stars from Rolling Stone. Same goes for Styx and Journey. Did they not play their instruments properly. I never understood how someone could listen to a song and decipher what is bad and what is good.

Posted by Xdc1 on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 08:44am


Xdc1, there's a simple answer to your question, the people doing the rating (In this case, RS magazine) are incompetent, self-serving, corrupt, evil miscreants, with an ego so inflated they believe what they say is the final word on things!! (Yeah, I think that pretty much covers it)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 04.19.11 @ 10:07am


Nights In White Satin * Your Wildest Dreams

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.19.11 @ 11:13am


Did they have a flute player too?

Posted by Xdc1 on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 06:47am


Saw the Moody Blues in concert just last night in a small venue in Oklahoma -- about 2,500. Two and half hours, just them, Justin Haywards voice is still as strong as ever! Last 20 minutes was continuous applause and some of the best hard playing rock and roll, guitar licks etc -- entertainment at its finest!

I listened to those guys in college in the 70's and have never stopped playing their records.

If you have doubts, go to a concert as they are touring east to west now. Then tell me these three haven't paid their dues, can't play and are now worthly....

Posted by okcnhra on Thursday, 05.5.11 @ 22:48pm


MAKE THAT """NOT WORTHY"""......

As to Knights in White Satin --- has been at the top of England's charts recently .. again!

Posted by okcnhra on Thursday, 05.5.11 @ 22:50pm


My Facebook page to gain support for their induction:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Moody-Blues-induction-into-RR-Hall-of-Fame/181667718549871

Please visit us and let's get the MB's inducted - finally!

Posted by Chris on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 16:20pm


Whew! There sure are a lot of comments, almost all supporting. Moody Blues get my vote. I would put them in before Genesis, and they already got in.

Posted by Cokey on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 20:55pm


I thought they deserved to be in as a first time inductee back in 1989. Saw them at the Nokia Center in LA just yesterday. Justin Hayward's voice may not be so golden as it once was but they can still bring it. They have one of the best songs (Nights and White Satin) and one of the best albums (Days of Future Passed)EVER! PERIOD! Not to mention the album gems that followed: Search of a Lost Chord, Threshold of a Dream, Seventh Sojourn etc, etc, etc. What on earth is the Hall looking at. You bet I'm a big fan but anybody can tell they are deserving.

Posted by Allan on Monday, 05.16.11 @ 19:16pm


FLUTE ROCK

Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Walter Parazaider (Chicago)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 08:59am


How in gods name did you type this 4 times and forget Ian Anderson?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:04am


How in gods name did I read it 4 times and not notice you put down ian Anderson?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:05am


FLUTE ROCK:


Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Jerry Eubanks (Marshall Tucker Band)
Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Greg Ham (Men At Work)
Andy Kulberg (Blues Project)
Albert Moore (Sweetwater)
David Muse (Firefall)
Walter Parazaider (Chicago)
Ray Thomas (Moody Blues)
Chris Wood (Traffic

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.16.11 @ 09:31am


Note that in addition to the Moodies, other progressive-orchestral rock groups of the 1960s and 70s are not in the HOF: Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Yes; Rush; ELO; Jethro Tull; etc. Wenner and his crew have a real blind spot.

Posted by steveg on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 01:57am


The only Prog bands inducted were the commercially sucessful. I doubt they would let Genesis in if they broke up after Gabriel left.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 13:57pm


The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward
John Lodge
Ray Thomas
Graeme Edge
Patrick Moraz
Michael Pinder
Denny Laine
Paul Bliss
Clint Warwick

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.9.11 @ 07:39am


The Moody Blues

Michael Pinder
Justin Hayward
John Lodge
Ray Thomas
Graeme Edge
Denny Laine
Patrick Moraz
Clint Warwick
Paul Bliss

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.9.11 @ 07:52am


http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_halloffame_x4.html

THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

The Moody Blues

Long lasting career with some fairly high peaks along the way, from their first Top Ten hit in 1965, through their strongest stretch in the early 70's when they scored consistently with singles and albums, and then another run in the 80's that saw them land some fairly big hits, the fact that they didn't dominate any era outright probably causes them to be slightly forgotten. They seem to epitomize the type of solid, but never spectacular, artists that the Hall will never even think of.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.9.11 @ 08:10am


I have a group on Facebook, The Moody Blues should be in the Rockn Roll Hall of fame, please join in support !

Posted by Ian Dwyer on Friday, 09.23.11 @ 09:58am


Symphonic rock. Cathedral rock. Cosmic rock. Call it what what you wish to describe the Moodies UNIQUE contribution to rock and roll. There is NOT ONE other artist that sounds like them. NOT ONE. And after 47 years in the music, they are still rocking today! Induction is long overdue for the veteran cosmic rockers!

Posted by Lee on Saturday, 09.24.11 @ 01:01am


Using the GFW formula:

Innovation: Basically one of the first prog rock bands, so helping invent the genre itself and a branch of it (symphonic rock), counts for a lot. 30

Influence: Influential to some of their contemporaries as well as to many prog and symphonic prog acts. (and synthpop) Not so much to modern day acts, however. 25

Commercial success: They've had 14 platinum and gold discs, sold over 70 million albums worldwide. 25

Critical acclaim: Days of Future Past is highly regarded and is considered one of the most important prog albums. 15

Total: 95

Conclusion: Yes, definitely deserve to be inducted.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 08:47am


Happy 65th birthday, Justin Hayward. You've got your "New Horizons" out to see.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 14:20pm


THE MOODY BLUES/JAMES BOND CONNECTION

I. Justin Hayward has the same birthday as Roger Moore: October 14

2. Justin Hayward incorporates the "James Bond Theme" guitar riff in his solo during "I'm Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" and:

3. One of James Bond's allies in "Thunderball" is named Pinder. (The original MB keyboardist was Mike Pinder, but I believe Ian Fleming wrote Thunderball long before the Moody Blues were even a band.)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 10.16.11 @ 18:18pm


Comparing punk to pog/rock as many of you have done is apples and oranges. The appeal both have is very, very different. I have always been a fan of both. Bands like the Moody Blues and Rush, ELP, etc., appeal more to the left side of the brain, the part that appreciates verbally imaginative lyrics and carefully constructed arrangements that show musical finesse. Punk rock, like the original rock 'n' roll in the '50s has a more visceral appeal. It is right brain. You don't really think about it, you just move to it. I am a bit surprised that King Crimson, at leadt, haven't been nominated or inducted because they always were critics' favorites and became darlings of the '80s new wave/college radio/obscuro crowd. I grew up in a small town during the '70s and what was played on AOR (now classic rock) radio was the best of what I had heard. In the '80s, I was a college radio DJ and was exposed to much of the more obscure stuff. Some of it I liked, some of it I didn't. I do remember people calling and complaining when I would play an Emerson, Lake & Palmer song in between The Boomtown Rats, The Jam, and a yet undiscovered REM. King Crimson, new or old, would never generate a single complaint. It is also intersting that punkers never had a problem with Johnny Fingers' occasional classical piano flourishes or the '60s Brit-Pop fixations of The Jam and Squeeze. Those groups were a lot more accomplished musically than most punkers, but they had the same style and asthetic, so that was considered okay. BTW, I believe every band I've mentioned here should be in the HOF, along with Deep Purple, Yes, Jethro Tull, Rush, The Moody Blues (especially - it is a travesty that the Dave Clark Five are in and they are not.), as well as Devo, The B-52s, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, and Joy Division. I also must congratulate both Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond for beating the odds against them and finally getting in. Rock & Roll is a wide enough umbrella, they can all fit under it.

Posted by Scott on Saturday, 11.12.11 @ 01:53am


The Moodies will never get in because of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone. He hates them for whatever reason.
Not only do the Moodies not have a single album in their so called 500 best albums ( although I don't think I saw a Traffic album either), the group is not even listed in their "Artists" section. Maybe when Jann dies.

Posted by CVC on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 03:38am


Until The Moody Blues are inducted, I will have absolutely no respect for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whatsoever. When a group like the Dave Clark 5 can be inducted while the Moody Blues are snubbed, the Hall proves once again that it has no credibility!

Posted by Tom on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 07:34am


I am a devout Moody Blues fan. But that's not the reason they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

Where do we begin? Theie debut album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED (1967), was the first album to successfully fuse classical and rock music. Also, it was the FIRST quadrophonic LP EVER recorded, paving the way for other artists to enhance their sound. It revolutionized the way in which rock music was recorded. DAYS was also the very first CONCEPT album -- the album itself is a day in the life of an everyman, and each song lends anthemic cohesion to the concept. Even John Lennon did not regard SGT. PEPPER as a concept album.

They were instrumental in laying the groundwork for all the progresive bands that would follow in the 70's and 80's. Their pioneering use of the Mellotron would pave the way for countless other bands. In a way, they were the first "synth" band.

They were ahead of the Beatles AND Led Zeppelin in building and operating their own recording studion and record label.

If that's not enough, how about intelligent lyrics? Lush, layered swirling anthems of love and peace? 28 hit singles? The Core Seven? 70 MILLION albums sold? Still together, and still on tour?

What criteria do you need to get in to the Hall of Fame?

Posted by Paul on Saturday, 12.17.11 @ 00:59am


I think they are a deserving band. But as far as blending rock and classical music, classical music was a very common part of rock/pop musical composition back then. Eg: Just Walk Away Renee (1966), California Dreaming (1965). As Tears Go By (1964), etc.
I'm not looking up the other claims, although The Flames released a quadrophonic album in 1966 and the technology became very widespread and was well publicized. Also Days of Future Passed was their second album. Personally I really just like Days of Future Passed, but they had a very successful career.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 12.17.11 @ 11:07am


The Moody Blues deserve to be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame so does Dan Fogelberg! There is a petition for Dan on his website. I will sign any petition to get the Moody Blues in! Only by people stepping up to the plate can we make a change! please inform me of any petition!

Posted by Penny Lane/ Ladymusic1 on Thursday, 01.5.12 @ 03:18am


Until The Moody Blues are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I have no desire to ever see the facility in Cleveland, Ohio...............

Posted by Lee on Saturday, 01.7.12 @ 12:47pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGl2Fw0wm78&feature=youtu.be&t=10m7s

Howard Stern asks Little Steven why not The Moody Blues? Little Steven responds they eventually might. There were two sets. The first Moody Blues was the cooler one.

Sounds like the Rock Hall prefers the Denny Laine edition of The Moody Blues over the Justin Hayward edition of The Moody Blues. Who cares! They only had 8 members in their heyday (1964-1990). Induct everyone!

The Moody Blues

01. Denny Laine (1964-1966; guitar, vocals)
02. Clint Warwick (1964-1966; bass, vocals)
03. Graeme Edge (1964-Present; drums, percussion)
04. Ray Thomas (1964-2002; vocals, flute, percussion)
05. Mike Pinder (1964-1978; keyboards, vocals)
06. John Lodge (1966-Present; bass, guitar, vocals)
07. Justin Hayward (1966-Present; guitar, vocals)
08. Patrick Moraz (1978-1990; keyboards)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.2.12 @ 07:22am


I'm truly beginning to think that the those who are in charge of choosing the inductees for the Rock Hall are a bunch of mindless morons. How can they possibly pass up year after year, one of the greatest and most popular groups of all times. I'm talking about the Moody Blues, you tasteless nitwits!! I live just 60 miles from Cleveland and I refuse to visit the Rock Hall until this travesty is corrected.

Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 02.7.12 @ 18:18pm


If Little Steven feels the Denny Laine era of the Moody Blues was more important than the Hayward/Lodge era, then maybe Wings should have been inducted with Paul McCartney. Denny Laine became more well-known as a Wing than a Moody Blue. Little Steven was the one who pushed the Dave Clark Five for three years. The Moody Blues started out as the MB5 to advertise some beer. But the advertisement deal fell through and so they dropped the '5' from their name and became the Moody Blues. If Denny Laine had stayed in The MBs, I don't think they would have stayed together that long. When Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the Moody Blues, they transitioned from an R&B cover band to the forefathers of the "progressive rock" movement which also spawned ELO, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, and Yes among others. Two of the bands I mentioned, Genesis and King Crimson were considered possible signings to the Moodies' Threshold label. Mike Pinder championed Genesis, while Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge championed King Crimson.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 02.7.12 @ 22:31pm


I think Denny Laine could become a two time inductee someday!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.7.12 @ 22:44pm


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Posted by inquireef on Saturday, 03.17.12 @ 19:29pm


The Moody Blues are everyone's guilty pleasure. Not inducting them is a joke. Comparing them to some of the non acts that have been put in lately shows how stupid the system is. Let's get on with it.

Posted by fred on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 12:28pm


Rock and Roll Hall of fame has ruined their reputation by many of the groups they have let in that are not Rock n Roll. There should be another place for rap and pop groups to be. They don't induct groups like the Moody Blues who were pioneers in sound and King Krimson and other progressive groups. They're a swarmny snobby bunch who make the decisions on who to let in.

Posted by moodymoose77 on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 06:59am


"There should be another place for rap and pop groups to be."

ah right, and after that we should find a place for the soul acts to go, right? I mean, they're not rock either!

Posted by GFW on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 07:33am


Are these people "nuts" !

The Moody Blues have released 18 "magically" Albums that can never be equaled. They have inspired hundreds of rock bands all over the world and "nobody" in the industry can deny that they are one of the best bands "of all time".

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame: Please do the right thing and induct the Moody Blues.

The World is "waiting" !

Long Live the Moody Blues !

Posted by Mark Noack on Sunday, 04.8.12 @ 12:45pm


We all know that the reason the Moody Blues aren't in this "Hall of Fame" has nothing to do with their music or deserving it and everything to do with someone's personal vendetta against them. Frankly, I hope that if they are ever inducted into it they DECLINE like the class acts they are. They deserve better. Nuff said.

Posted by magkelly on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 10:25am


"Frankly, I hope that if they are ever inducted into it they DECLINE like the class acts they are."

Frankly, I hope that if they are ever inducted they ACCEPT like the class acts they are. I don't want them to go all 3rd grade on us like the Sex Pistols or Axl Rose!!! (Fortunately, I highly doubt they would).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 10:34am


What?????? Nights in White Satin Really?

Posted by indepmo on Friday, 04.13.12 @ 04:42am


Not including the Moody Blues is a travesty of the highest order. The Dave Clark Five and their mediocre, commercial, poorly performed crap? Give me a break. Mike Pinder was amazing. Justin Hayward is a fantastic guitarist, singer and writer. It makes me sick to see one hit wonders, short careers and Blondie's piddling stuff in the Hall. The Hall of anything is supposed to stand for excellence sustained over a lengthy period of time, not a breakthrough and see you later.

Posted by Roger Fossum on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 17:01pm


No reason to crap on Blondie or the Dave Clark Five, Roger. It's not their fault the Hall chose to induct them before the Moodies...

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 17:04pm


It's been 23 years since the Moody Blues have been eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, yet, where are they? Who are these people that vote? Are they musicians? Are they young or older? Can they hear what is great rock music or not? Obviously there is something missing. Please try to put them in next year. They deserve this more than 1/3 of the people in there now.

Posted by Kat on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 03:33am


Just read that "Nights In White Satin" will be included in the forthcoming film adaptation of "Dark Shadows" starring Johnny Depp.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 05.5.12 @ 17:45pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If the Moody Blues were to do a song with 'Til Tuesday, it would be called...

What is "Voices Carry in the Sky

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 05.6.12 @ 00:29am


As I watch the 2012 inductees on TV, it is a complete injustice that the Moody Blues, eligible since 1989, touring almost non-stop for over 30 years, with over 55 million albums sold, 18 platinum albums and thousands of sold-out concerts, have not made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Moodies have legions of loyal fans who will continue to support them for life, and I am one of them. Where would rock and roll be without the beautiful song, "Nights in White Satin"?

Posted by Carole on Saturday, 05.12.12 @ 20:08pm


Carole
It is shocking that they are. not. in!
All we can do is hope!

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 05.12.12 @ 23:14pm


How do people like Eminem and M.C. Hammer get nominated and The Moody Blues always get snubbed, IMHO The Moodies need to be in instead of the likes of Eminem and Notorious BIG. The Moodies have contributed a whole lot more to the music world than the previously mentioned 2 artists combined yet they get nominated and the Moodies are again snubbed, You people are a candidate for the Glass Stomach award so you can see where you are going

Posted by Mark Ostruszka on Monday, 05.14.12 @ 10:32am


The Notorious B.I.G. doesn't become eligible until 2019, and Eminem until 2021. And it's highly
unlikely that M.C. Hammer will ever be nominated.

I agree that The Moody Blues should be inducted, but there's no need to tear down other worthy acts to make your argument.

There are already three Hip-Hop acts inducted, and Public Enemy will most likely be number four during the class of 2013 next year. Hip-Hop representation in the Hall is only going to increase at the years go by, so everyone better get used to it. Expect at least two Hip-Hop acts on the ballot every single year from here on out.

Posted by Antonio on Monday, 05.14.12 @ 11:18am


The fact that this band hasn't yet been nominated tells me truthfully that The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is a garbage institution. They nominated and voted in artists like the Beastie Boys, the Pretenders & Laura Nyro, but left out Rock legends like The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull. I hope people realize that The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is no longer valid or valuable to many rock fans. It is apparent that this Hall of Fame does not value the adventure and depth that progressive rock brought to the table. The only reason they inducted Genesis was because of the pop they had in the 80s. A shameful institution.

Posted by Majestic's Media Cloud on Wednesday, 05.16.12 @ 11:23am


And to comment on the comments on hip hop above, Hip Hop does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, neither does electronic music, disco, lounge music, easy listening, country, classical, folk, new age or any other alternative genre . The fact that they somehow need to induct a hip hop artist every year tells me me that they are practicing genre favoritism based on genre popularity amongst the contemporary masses. If they want to induct Hip Hop, it would only be fair if they induct other "Club" artists outside of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is purely "club music", not rock and roll.

Posted by Majestic's Media Cloud on Wednesday, 05.16.12 @ 11:44am


do i have to post my big ass list of inducted artists they'd have to kick out if it was pure rock again?

Okay then.


Laura Nyro
Beastie Boys
Darlene Love
Dr John
ABBA
Jimmy Cliff
Bobby Womack
Run DMC
Little Anthony
Leonard Cohen
Madonna
Grandmaster Flash
The Ronettes
Miles Davis
The O'Jays
Percy Sledge
The Dells
Prince
Righteous Brothers
Brenda Lee
Isaac Hayes
The Flamingos
Michael Jackson
Solomon Burke
Earth Wind And Fire
The Moonglows
Staple Singers
Dusty Springfield
Curtis Mayfield
Bee Gees
Jackson Five
Joni Mitchell
Parliament Funkadelic
Gladys Knight
Little Willie John
The Shirelles
Al Green
Martha And The Vandellas
Bob Marley
Etta James
Frankie Lymon
Ruth Brown
Bobby Bland
Booker T And The MG's
Isley Brothers
Johnny Cash
Sam & Dave
The Impressions
Jimmy Reed
John Lee Hooker
Lavern Baker
The Four Tops
Otis Redding
The Temptations
The Drifters
The Supremes
Aretha Franklin
Smokey Robinson
Marvin Gaye
Jackie Wilson
Clyde Mcphatter
Sam Cooke
Ray Charles

wanna kick all those out?

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 05.16.12 @ 12:17pm


Majestic's Media Cloud: Hip-Hop is just as much Rock and Roll as Progressive Rock. Get over it!

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 05.16.12 @ 12:52pm


It is my understanding that the little weasel that controls the nominating process does not care for them.

Posted by Todd on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 12:17pm


Correct, jann haaates prgo rock. only reason genesis and floyd are in are because of their huge commercial success.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 13:15pm


Please, everyone sign this all-important appeal. For the Moody Blues to be snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is unthinkable! Thank you ~ JTD

Posted by Janet Thompson Deaver on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 04:41am


Are you guys missing the boat.Those who are in deserve to be their. But you are missing some big names who should be their. They are Neil Sedaca Paul Anka Frankie Avalon Johnny Rivers Paul Revere and the Raiders The Bobby Fuller Four Connie Francis and Hermans Hermits. In the 70s Where is Peter Frampton where is Stix. In the 80s Where is The GoGos and Twisted Sister. In the Doo Wop catergory where is The Diamonds where is The Duprees and where is The Skyliners. Stop snubbing and start putting these groups and indivisals in the the Hall where they deserve to be. Thankyou

Posted by pete debernardi on Friday, 06.1.12 @ 02:18am


sean.THE MOODY BLUES BELONG IN THE HALL OF FAME.....YOU BELING IN THE HALL OF F L A M E .......... I DID NOT THINK YOU CARED ABOUT MY PROSTATE GLAND. "E GORNI MALO AKU" TO YOU .YOU JERK. YOU INSIPID, INSIGNIFICANT SPERM BUBBLE. YOU HAVE NO BRAINS. YOU ARE SERIOUSY DISTURBED. YOU ARE DISTORTED. YOU ARE A NARCISSISISTIC, SELF-ABSORBED MORON. THE MOODY BLUES HOLD THE RECORD ATTENDANCE AT POPLAR CREEK. 27,500 FANS , STANDING AND CHEERING. I SAW THEM FROM THE CENTER OF ROW NUMBER 7. THEY ARE AN EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE LIVE ACT. COULD YOU PUT 27,500 ASSES IN CHAIRS, AND ON THE LAWN. GO SUCK AN EGG, AND LISTEN TO ALICE COOPER, OZZIE OSBOURNE, TINY TIM'S RECORDS, AND METALLICA... YOU SIR ARE A COMPLETE 0.

Posted by guitar master on Friday, 06.1.12 @ 16:45pm


You so mad.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 06.1.12 @ 17:56pm


Without the Moody Blues in the Rock Hall makes the Rock Hall seem like a JOKE....If they do get inducted, they should refuse, but they are a super band with super integrity and would not do that.

Days of Future Past should be enough to get them in. Maybe the people that vote think the Moody Blues are GO NOW!!!

They even have one of the greatest Christmas Albums.

And they keep going and going.........

Posted by Paul Hecko on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 15:54pm


The Moody Blues: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

01. Denny Laine (1964-1966; guitar, vocals)
02. Clint Warwick (1964-1966; bass, vocals)
03. Graeme Edge (1964-Present; drums, percussion)
04. Ray Thomas (1964-2002; vocals, flute, percussion)
05. Mike Pinder (1964-1978; keyboards, vocals)
06. John Lodge (1966-Present; bass, guitar, vocals)
07. Justin Hayward (1966-Present; guitar, vocals)
08. Patrick Moraz (1978-1990; keyboards)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 08:07am


ok, all (merited) bitching aside, so what can be done to get the Hall to get the Moodies in?

Posted by phantom on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 10:54am


The Moody Blues are one the best British psychedelic rock bands of all time and they're also a major influence on the later progressive rock groups like Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Genesis. It would've great to have them inducted at the 2007 induction Ceremony rather then Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five. Their presenters would be Greg Lake and Peter Gabriel.

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 11:35am


It's a very well known fact that over the years The Rock Hall has gotten thousands of letters from fans of The Moody Blues and Rush. More than any other bands. The Moody Blues pre-date Rush, but Rush might get inducted first, to add to the votes for The Moody Blues. The Moody Blues were nerd Rock long before Rush came along.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.4.12 @ 12:08pm


It still amazes me that these talented men who have been writing, recording and performing to millions for 48 years, 16 group albums, individual albums and still selling out concerts are NOT in the Rock n' Roll hall of fame.

Obviously they have an amazing following, but it's sad the music industry does not see the writing, vocal and instrumental talent here.

They have contributed so much to music for almost 1/2 century and yet are ignored - SAD

Posted by rose on Saturday, 11.10.12 @ 03:08am


the moody blues deserve to be in the rarhof more than anyone.will they ever make it? hell no.but more importantly theyve made it into their fans rarhof. thats more important anyway.

Posted by hayley on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 10:55am


I refuse to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame until the Moody Blues and Chicago are inducted! Those involved with the selection process must be total morons not to have these groups in!

Posted by bill on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 12:15pm


The Beastie Boys, but not The Moody Blues.
Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have any credibility ?

Posted by Dan on Sunday, 12.16.12 @ 01:30am


I don't see why they can't both be in.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.16.12 @ 07:04am


with ELEVEN MILLION albums sold in just the US....

I don't think they qualify...(sic)

Let's see, Nights in White Satin # 1 for... let me see
forever.

I hope in my lifetime.
PS The band is STILL TOURING!! What else can they do?

Posted by ernie on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 23:10pm


Rush's upcoming induction has just increased the probability that The Moody Blues will be nominated and possibly inducted.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 02.3.13 @ 13:33pm


To me the five most deserving omissions from the hall are the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, ELO & Bad Company. There are several radio stations whose format is classic rock 'n' roll and these five bands are featured all the time. There is a reason for that type of format because bands of this stature, their music stands the test of time. Forty to fifty years from now will they be playing Grandmaster Flash, Elvis Costello & Bonnie Raitt? The whole process of inclusion is based on a handful of people's ideas as to who is worthy instead of the general public's, which is completely unfair to the artists as well as the fans. With that being the way inclusion is determined it weakens the honor of being included and it does not diminish an artist's musical legacy by being passed over. When it is merely a determination by a handful errors of inclusion and omission will be frequent. The fans are the real judge of an artist's worthiness and I believe the five bands I mentioned know that their fans deem them worthier than many current inductees.

Posted by Joseph Smith on Sunday, 02.10.13 @ 12:17pm


In the 60's I was all about the Beatles. Several years ago I got hooked on the Moody Blues and realize how much I love their music and how much good music I missed. Ican't get enough of them. I have been to 2 concerts this past year and plan on going to many more. Their concerts are still phenomenal and they have the best fan base. They should definitely be in the Rock Hall of Fame!

Posted by Mary Anne on Monday, 02.11.13 @ 08:08am


how can i help with hall induction

Posted by moodyfan on Thursday, 04.4.13 @ 17:50pm


THE MOODY BLUES-LOST IN A LOST WORLD (1972)

I woke up today I was crying
Lost in a lost world
So many people are dying
Lost in a lost world

THE MOODY BLUES-I'M JUST A SINGER (IN A ROCK & ROLL BAND) (1972)

I'm just a-wandering on the face of this earth
Meeting so many people who are trying to be free/Bridging the seas

BOSTON-MORE THAN A FEELING (1976)

So many people have come and gone
Their faces fade as the years go by

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 04.10.13 @ 17:20pm


I am certainly looking forward to the release of the 17 disc Moody Blues retrospective in June. I do however wish that The Moody Blues would release the full concert version of A Night At Red Rocks on cd, DVD and BluRay. I think that there is a high probability that The Moody Blues will be the next progressive rock act inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 04.12.13 @ 00:41am


just insane that the Moody Blues are NOT in the hall of fame!!! travesty!! i will never set foot there till they are inducted. (and Jethro Tull too!!)

Posted by navrotsm on Monday, 04.22.13 @ 03:08am


See Emily Play-Pink Floyd 1967
Emily's Song-The Moody Blues 1971

See-Saw-Pink Floyd 1968
Ride My See-Saw-The Moody Blues 1968
(Note: Pink Floyd's "A Saucerful of Secrets" was released on June 29, 1968 in the UK and on July 27 in the US, while The Moody Blues' "In Search of The Lost Chord" was released on both sides of the Atlantic on July 26, 1968)

Are You Sitting Comfortably-The Moody Blues 1969
Comfortably Numb-Pink Floyd 1979

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 23:22pm


Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush have recently called for the induction of The Moody Blues. Justin, John, Ray, Mike and Graeme will probably be the inductees. I am not so certain about Denny, Clint, or Patrick, however.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 04.28.13 @ 11:22am


They should just tell the HOF to stuff it.
A Moodie FOR LIFE!

Posted by Buck on Thursday, 05.9.13 @ 11:33am


They have hits and classic rock staples in 1964, 1967-1972, including a # 1 album in 1972 "Seventh Sojourn, probably the first mega successful Prog rock band, Pink Floyd and the rest hit mega stardom soon thereafter.

First album of Mark II Moodies "Days" was a ground breaker sonically, and musically, stylistically, hello Melotron and strings. Hell the story alone of how they hijacked the studio and made an album of their own with "days" instead of the Dvorak demo they were contracted to do, and then the subsequent catapulting of the band as a reult, is reason enough to put them in! Not to mention that "Tuesday Afternoon" and "nights in White Satin" were on that album....

7 magnificent albums, 1967-1972, gorgeous gatefold album covers, take a break from touring and recording as the Moodies in 1975.. Back with more hit albums in 1978 and 1981( #1 Long Distance Voyager) with ex Yes keyboardist and Moody Newbie no less, great under rated album in 1983 (The Present, very similar album to LDV) and then more smash hits in 1986 and 1988, although I could not stand the albums.
Hell, even when they were doing what most of us Moody die hards would consider stinkers, they were actually rewarded with more hits! Go Figure!!!
Hits alone dont get you in HOF don't get you in, but geing ground breakers, innovators, risk takers, albums that stand the test of time, and still loved still by the fans should be enough.

AND PLEASE, stop calling them symphonic rock!! DOFP AND LDV had strings, the rest was all Moodies! And Days of Future passes sounds great without the strings! It probably would have been better and more respected with the critics had DOFP not had strings! But they had to at least use the strings that the Big Wigs at Deram expected to hear with the Deramic Sound System Dvorak project...so they had Peter Knight use their music to arrange the symphony!
Brilliant!! I could go on...
And Thank YOU ALEX LIFESON OF RUSH FOR TOUTING THE MOODIES!!
Moody Blues and Deep Purple next up!

Posted by Konrad on Friday, 05.10.13 @ 02:53am


And no other band has their iconic sound from 1967-1972. One truly great, melodious psychedelic band.
Oh, and I think their 2nd album, "in Search of the Lost Chord" went beyond "Days of Future Passed"..at least psychedelically it did, and that might just be the greatest classic rock album cover ever!... And "Departure" into "Ride My See Saw" is an iconic scorching rocker that should have satisfied even the critics... C'MON Man!

Please excuse all the typos, I'm typing from iPad and we can't edit our posts

Posted by Konrad on Friday, 05.10.13 @ 03:22am


The Eagles paid homage to The Moody Blues on two songs from "One of These Nights" The harmonies in the outro of "Too Many Hands" sound very Moody Blues-ish. And in "Lyin' Eyes" the background voices heard under starting with the line "My oh my/You sure know how to arrange things" sound like Moody Blues. The MB's thirteen years later would pay homage to The Eagles in the final track of their 1988 album "Sur La Mer" "Deep" has a similar drumbeat and bass line to "Those Shoes" from the 1979 album "The Long Run"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 05.15.13 @ 01:49am


The Moody Blues

01. Denny Laine (1964-1966; guitar, vocals, Wings)
02. Clint Warwick (1964-1966; bass, vocals)
03. Graeme Edge (1964-Present; drums, percussion)
04. Ray Thomas (1964-2002; vocals, flute, percussion)
05. Mike Pinder (1964-1978; keyboards, vocals)
06. John Lodge (1966-Present; bass, guitar, vocals)
07. Justin Hayward (1966-Present; guitar, vocals)
08. Patrick Moraz (1978-1990; keyboards, Yes)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:27am


My favorite Moody Blues albums (of the 7 core albums) in order are:

1. To Our Children's Children's Children *****
2. In Search Of The Lost Chord *****
3. Days Of Future Passed *****
4. On The Threshold Of A Dream *****
5. Seventh Sojourn ****1/2
6. A Question Of Balance ****
7. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ***1/2

As far as the rest of the studio albums are concerned:

Long Distance Voyager *****
Strange Times *****
The Present ****
Sur La Mer ****
Octave ***1/2
The Other Side Of Life ***
Keys Of The Kingdom ***

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.26.13 @ 19:38pm


In my honest opinion, The Moody Blues should be ranked amongst the top 5 bands of all time, along with the following artists: The Beatles, Rush, The Who and The Rolling Stones.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.18.13 @ 09:55am


I would like to ask The Moody Blues fans, why do you feel that The Moody Blues should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 13:44pm


In my honest opinion, The Moody Blues have certainly deserved to have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for more than 2 decades now. They are arguably, the godfathers of the "progressive rock" genre. Pink Floyd, Genesis and Rush have already been inducted, but The Moody Blues are still awaiting their turn. Recently, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush and Ann Wilson of Heart have endorsed their induction. It would certainly be a travesty if they had to wait an additional year.

The Moody Blues have many great songs amongst their discography, in addition to several great concept albums. They have remained intact for nearly 5 consecutive decades, with the exception of a short hiatus in the early to mid 1970's.

Here is a partial list of their many great songs:

Nights In White Satin
Late Lament
Tuesday Afternoon
Ride My Seesaw
Legend Of A Mind
The Actor
The Dream
Gypsy (Of A Strange And Different Time)
Candle Of Life
Question
Watching And Waiting
Procession
The Story In Your Eyes
Emily's Song
I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band
New Horizons
Driftwood
The Voice
Gemini Dream
Talking Out Of Turn
22,000 Days
Veteran Cosmic Rocker
Nervous
Blue World
Meet Me Halfway
Sitting At The Wheel
Under My Feet
Your Wildest Dreams
I Know You're Out There Somewhere
Vintage Wine
No More Lies
Say It With Love
Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)
English Sunset
Strange Times
Forever Now
Foolish Love
Melancholy Man



Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 07.24.13 @ 09:58am


In my honest opinion, The Moody Blues have deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame for at least two decades. They are arguably, the godfathers of "progressive rock."

Over the past several decades, The Moody Blues have inspired numerous groups. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush and Ann Wilson of Heart have recently called for their inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Moody Blues are still going strong, nearly 5 decades later. Their legacy is immense. Their discography includes several great songs, in addition to several great "concept" albums. A small smattering of those great songs include:

1. Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)
2. Nights In White Satin
3. Legend Of A Mind
4. Ride My Seesaw
5. The Actor
6. A Simple Game
7. Voices In The Sky
8. Lovely To See You
9. Never Comes The Day
10. Gypsy (Of A Strange And Different Time)
11. Candle Of Life
12. Watching And Waiting
13. Question
14. Melancholy Man
15. Procession
16. The Story In Your Eyes
17. Emily's Song
18. Lost In A Lost World
19. New Horizons
20. Isn't Life Strange?
21. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'N' Roll Band)
22. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
23. Driftwood
24. The Voice
25. Talking Out Of Turn
26. Gemini Dream
27. 22,000 days
28. Nervous
29. Veteran Cosmic Rocker
30. Blue World
31. Sitting At The Wheel
32. Meet Me Halfway
33. Under My Feet
34. Your Wildest Dreams
35. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
36. Vintage Wine
37. No More Lies
38. Say It With Love
39. Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)
40. English Sunset
41. Strange Times
42. Forever Now
43. Foolish Love
44. Haunted
45. December Snow

In addition to Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's contributions as the spinoff group, The Blue Jays:

46. Remember Me My Friend
47. Blue Guitar

Also, Justin Hayward's vocal on

48. Forever Autumn

The Moody Blue's legacy does not stop there, however.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 07.25.13 @ 05:09am


The biggest, glaring omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the Moody Blues. They are the "fathers" of progressive rock, and should have been inducted years ago. I'm hopeful with Rush's induction that there is a chance, but someone, somewhere in the mysterious nominating process is against them. Without them, and several others including Jethro Tull, Yes, Deep Purple, etc., the hall is meaningless. You will never see me there until the Moodies are there.

Posted by Don on Friday, 08.2.13 @ 11:28am


Dan,

I could not agree more. I fully expect The Moody Blues to be on the 2014 ballot. When you get endorsements from present inductees: Ann Wilson, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, that has to account for something.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 08.2.13 @ 15:07pm


Don,

I could not agree more. Justin, John, Ray, Mike and Graeme have left us with a rich legacy of great songs for our and future generations to enjoy.

When you get endorsements from recent inductees: Ann Wilson of Heart and Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush that has to count for something. Rush has made it one of their goals to get more of their "prog rock" brethren inducted into the Hall.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 08.2.13 @ 16:54pm


For a change, I had decided to watch the DVD, "Legend Of A Band: The Story Of The Moody Blues" yesterday evening. Has anyone else seen this particular video history of the band? If so, what do you think about it?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 08.5.13 @ 08:52am


I am just hoping that the extended video version of "A Night At Red Rocks" will be released for those of us who live in the United States. My second rock concert was in 1999, during the "Strange Times" tour. Ray Thomas had played the flute solo of "Legend Of A Mind" in it's entirety, it was a spectacular moment in an absolutely magnificent concert.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.24.13 @ 16:04pm


I had created this webpage back in 1997. As you can see, I am an aficionado of The Moody Blues' music.

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/mbindex.html#SHIPS

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 06:41am


I am definitely a huge supporter of The Moody Blues induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

In my honest opinion, The Moody Blues have deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame for at least two decades. They are arguably, the godfathers of "progressive rock."

Over the past several decades, The Moody Blues have inspired numerous groups. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush and Ann Wilson of Heart have recently called for their inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Moody Blues are still going strong, nearly 5 decades later. Their legacy is immense. Their discography includes several great songs, in addition to several great "concept" albums. A small smattering of those great songs include:

1. Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)
2. Nights In White Satin
3. Legend Of A Mind
4. Ride My Seesaw
5. The Actor
6. A Simple Game
7. Voices In The Sky
8. Lovely To See You
9. Never Comes The Day
10. Gypsy (Of A Strange And Different Time)
11. Candle Of Life
12. Watching And Waiting
13. Question
14. Melancholy Man
15. Procession
16. The Story In Your Eyes
17. Emily's Song
18. Lost In A Lost World
19. New Horizons
20. Isn't Life Strange?
21. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'N' Roll Band)
22. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
23. Driftwood
24. The Voice
25. Talking Out Of Turn
26. Gemini Dream
27. 22,000 days
28. Nervous
29. Veteran Cosmic Rocker
30. Blue World
31. Sitting At The Wheel
32. Meet Me Halfway
33. Under My Feet
34. Your Wildest Dreams
35. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
36. Vintage Wine
37. No More Lies
38. Say It With Love
39. Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)
40. English Sunset
41. Strange Times
42. Forever Now
43. Foolish Love
44. Haunted
45. December Snow

In addition to Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's contributions as the spinoff group, The Blue Jays:

46. Remember Me My Friend
47. Blue Guitar

Also, Justin Hayward's vocal on

48. Forever Autumn

The Moody Blue's legacy does not stop there, however.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 07.25.13 @ 05:09am

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 15:55pm


I just read Roger Daltrey of the Who will be a special guest on the Moody Blues Cruise in April 2014.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 09.13.13 @ 15:45pm


What is there to say about The Moody Blues that has not already been said? Certainly they have written timeless songs, have been one of the forefathers of the progressive rock genre and have mesmerized fans with their orchestral variety of rock for nearly 46 years. Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Ray Thomas have written some of the greatest rock songs of all time .

From my own perspective, they were one of the major bands that had affected my interest in progressive rock. When I had first heard the music of The Moody Blues, I was an 18 year old student, majoring in Architecture at the University of Arizona in the autumn of 1980. My first imajor introduction to the bombastic and grandiose world of "progressive rock" had come back in February 1979, when I had heard "Hemispheres" by Rush. That music was so astounding and inspiring, that I would later seek more music of that style.
Strangely enough, my roommate at the time, had a radio tuned into the classical record station. I had been brought up on a few works of classical music, Broadway soundtracks, jazz and big band era music. Outside of tuning into "Solid Gold" when my parents were at the store, being familiar with Harry Nilsson's song, 'Me And My Arrow" and Simon & Garfunkel and The Carpenters, rock music was forbidden. I had never heard Elvis and the music of The Beatles was forbidden.

So, when I had finally attended the university, the world of prog rock music was finally available to be explored. My exploration had begun with Rush and The Moody Blues. It would later encompass such bands as Pink Floyd, E.L.O., Styx and The Alan Parson's Project.

My likes and dislikes were somehow related to my interest in those bands. Later, I would discover and develop an appreciation for such groups as: Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Kansas, Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Roxy
Music, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Procol Harum and
Echolyn due to my initial appreciation of songs like 'Nights In White Satin,' 'Tuesday Afternoon' and 'I'm Just A Singer In A
Rock & Roll Band.' The Moody Blues have had a profound effect on my life since that time and to this day, I am still an aficionado of the vast majority of their work.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.15.13 @ 14:26pm


What is there to say about The Moody Blues that has not already been said? Certainly they have written timeless songs, have been one of the forefathers of the progressive rock genre and have mesmerized fans with their orchestral variety of rock for nearly 46 years. Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Ray Thomas have written some of the greatest rock songs of all time .

From my own perspective, they were one of the major bands that had affected my interest in progressive rock. When I had first heard the music of The Moody Blues, I was an 18 year old student, majoring in Architecture at the University of Arizona in the autumn of 1980. My first imajor introduction to the bombastic and grandiose world of "progressive rock" had come back in February 1979, when I had heard "Hemispheres" by Rush. That music was so astounding and inspiring, that I would later seek more music of that style.
Strangely enough, my roommate at the time, had a radio tuned into the classical record station. I had been brought up on a few works of classical music, Broadway soundtracks, jazz and big band era music. Outside of tuning into "Solid Gold" when my parents were at the store, being familiar with Harry Nilsson's song, 'Me And My Arrow" and Simon & Garfunkel and The Carpenters, rock music was forbidden. I had never heard Elvis and the music of The Beatles was forbidden.

So, when I had finally attended the university, the world of prog rock music was finally available to be explored. My exploration had begun with Rush and The Moody Blues. It would later encompass such bands as Pink Floyd, E.L.O., Styx and The Alan Parson's Project.

My likes and dislikes were somehow related to my interest in those bands. Later, I would discover and develop an appreciation for such groups as: Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Kansas, Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Roxy
Music, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Procol Harum and
Echolyn due to my initial appreciation of songs like 'Nights In White Satin,' 'Tuesday Afternoon' and 'I'm Just A Singer In A Rock & Roll Band.' The Moody Blues have had a profound effect on my life since that time and to this day, I am still an aficionado of the vast majority of their work.

As to the manner in which I had first discovered The Moody Blues, well that was almost by accident. It had to do with the fact that my roommate (at the time) and I were on different schedules. While he was in class, I would use his radio to tune into the local radio station, KRQ.

Back in those days KRQ would play mostly classic rock songs. From that initial exposure, I would also discover such classic rock bands as: Heart, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

However, during the winter of 1980-1981, I would still listen to the radio and in the spring of 1981, I would purchase the compilation, "This Is The Moody Blues." that compilation was on constant rotation in my primitive cassette player and would spur me on to an even greater appreciation of their music. As a result, I would later purchase, as one of my first albums, "Long Distance Voyager" and eventually backtrack and get their core 7 albums.

To reiterate, I have been an aficionado of The Moody Blues' music for the past 33 years and I feel that they are worthy of immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.15.13 @ 14:50pm


I finally had the opportunity to see The Moody Blues in concert in October, 1999. The Moody Blues had played with the backing of a full symphony orchestra. One of my most memorable experiences was seeing Ray Thomas play the extended flute solo for 'Legend Of A Mind.' I had listened to the extended version of "A Night At Red Rocks" on cd earlier today; it had brought back memories.

The Moody Blues was my second rock concert; my first rock concert was on June 7, 1992. At that time, I was 30 years old. My first concert was Rush. It was during the "Roll The
Bones" tour.

When Howard Stern had supposedly maligned Rush and their fanbase by comparing them to The Moody Blues, I doubt that any true Rush fans would have found that offensive.

I have always found Rush to have had more of a musical similarity with The Moody Blues than any of those hard rock, or heavy metal bands.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.15.13 @ 23:57pm


The Moody Blues are one of the best bands of all time. They have been overlooked way too long for the Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame. I have been predicting them to go in for a number of years. Days of Future Passed was a very innovative album back in 1967,1968. In Search of the Lost Chord is a great album as well. On the Threshhold of a Dream. The list goes on and on. They played arenas through a better part of the 70's. They continue to have a huge following. They led to the Prog rock that followed. We will sit and wait. We will hope they don't continue to be ignored by the Hall.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 10.9.13 @ 07:16am


Thank you Ben,

As you can see by my previous posts, The Moody Blues and Duran Duran are two of my top choices for nomination and induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for next year.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 14:12pm


Duran Duran, ELO and The Moody Blues all formad in Birmingham, England

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 18:44pm


How was Procol Harum nominated before Moody Blues, Yes, Jethro Tull, and King Crimson? It's silly.

Posted by Classic Rock on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 20:02pm


I am glad there was a response. Thank you Enigmaticus. I read your posts. My early experiences are similar. I was listening a lot to hits by Styx, Kansas and Boston. I wanted to go back further around 1979. I discovered the Moody Blues. A best friend was talking a lot about them at the time when I was 14 or 15. The first album of the Moody Blues I heard a lot was Days of Future Passed. A very innovative album back in 1968. I went on to buy other albums of theirs like In Search of the Lost Chord and On the Threshold of a Dream. I finally saw the Moody Blues in concert in 1988 at Jones Beach on Long Island in New York. I have been predicting the Moody Blues to go in the Hall for about 5 years. I am figuring that since Donovan were inducted 2 years ago they are getting closer. Leftover artists that were key in the late 60's. I don't mind ELO. A few hits. I think the Hall will hold off on them. They'll go with Moodys first.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 10.14.13 @ 07:44am


You are very welcome, Ben.

Hopefully, The Moody Blues will be on the upcoming 2014 nomination ballot.

By the way, what do you think of their album, "To Our Children's Children's Children?"

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 10.14.13 @ 09:32am


Well I just want to say first that it is with great regret that the Moody Blues are not on the 2014 ballot. They were just announced yesterday. As a consolation prize I can say that Yes were nominated. So since the Moody Blues are not on the ballot I predict Yes to be inducted. I like Yes as well. I like Moodys even more but hey in the meantime. I know there was a lot of support for Yes too. It was on the web. I think these Rock Hall people that vote felt that Yes sold out arenas more. It should have been Moody Blues first. They led to the sound of Yes, ELP and other prog rock. As far as To Our Children's Children's Children. I had it on vinyl long ago. I haven't heard it in a long time. It came out in 1969 I remember that.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.17.13 @ 02:56am


Chapter six of Nile Rodgers' autobiography "Le Freak" is titled "In Search of the Lost Chord"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 10:30am


It just goes to show how stupid the nominating committee for the R&R HOF are. The Moody Blues have made some of the best and innovative music of the "rock era". They still perform and are enjoyed by young and old alike. I don't know what it's going to take to get them in. I guess we'll all continue to post our frustration..........

Posted by tony on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 14:52pm


WOW! Just saw them live on 11/1/2013. They were great! I thought they were in a long time ago. Shocked!

Posted by Tim on Monday, 11.4.13 @ 00:25am


I have only seen The Moody Blues once in concert. The Moody Blues were my second rock concert; that concert took place in October, 1999. The Moody Blues had performed with a symphony orchestra; Ray Thomas had played the extended flute solo version of 'Legend Of A Mind.'

Speaking of The Moody Blues, I had decided to watch their documentary DVD, "Legend Of A Band" today.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 11.4.13 @ 01:11am


Well I just want to say first that it is with great regret that the Moody Blues are not on the 2014 ballot. They were just announced yesterday. As a consolation prize I can say that Yes were nominated. So since the Moody Blues are not on the ballot I predict Yes to be inducted. I like Yes as well. I like Moodys even more but hey in the meantime. I know there was a lot of support for Yes too. It was on the web. I think these Rock Hall people that vote felt that Yes sold out arenas more. It should have been Moody Blues first. They led to the sound of Yes, ELP and other prog rock. As far as To Our Children's Children's Children. I had it on vinyl long ago. I haven't heard it in a long time. It came out in 1969 I remember that.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 10.17.13 @ 02:56am

Yes Ben,

"To Our Children's Children's Children" is my favorite Moody Blues studio album. As far as my favorite Moody Blues album is concerned, that would have to be the expanded version of "A Night At Red Rocks." I am still hoping that the deluxe edition of that recording will be released on Blu Ray.

I had been avidly supporting The Moody Blues induction for a few years. I was hoping that they would have been nominated this year, but well deserving Yes had received the nomination instead. Maybe next year.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 11.29.13 @ 07:58am


This month, we should celebrate the remarkable achievement that is "Days Of Future Passed," for that album, arguably gave birth to the "progressive rock" genre. It has now been 46 glorious years that progressive rock has been with us. What once was a critically maligned genre, has now become accepted, not unlike Impressionism was in the late 19th century.

The Moody Blues were the forefathers of that great genre and as such deserve immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 12.23.13 @ 21:52pm


This month, we should celebrate the remarkable achievement that is "Days Of Future Passed," for that album, arguably gave birth to the "progressive rock" genre. It has now been 46 glorious years since progressive rock had been born. What once was a critically maligned genre, has now finally become accepted, not unlike Impressionism was in the late 19th century.

The Moody Blues were the forefathers of that great genre and had influenced Rush, therefore as a group, The Moody Blues deserve immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 12.23.13 @ 21:52pm

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 03:38am


I can't imagine my life without the music of the Moody Blues. They MUST be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their work is huge and most of all significant!! Don't continue to leave them out.E

Posted by Beth Blumenthal on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 09:56am


I can't imagine my life without the music of the Moody Blues. They MUST be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their work is huge and most of all significant!! Don't continue to leave them out.E

Posted by Beth Blumenthal on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 09:56am


Beth,

I could not agree more. The founding fathers of the "progressive rock" genre definitely deserve induction. I had been touting their induction actively for the past year and will continue to do so, until they have finally been embraced by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Let's hope that their induction is not posthumous.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 11:40am


The Moody Blues have over 16 sensational albums and have performed thousands of live concerts. This band deserves to be in the R&R HOF as much as any artist currently inducted.

Posted by Richard on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 16:48pm


Long time overdue, please tgr moody blues deserved to be recognized while their all alive. love them, saw 5
times

Posted by Diane on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 16:49pm


~ they so deserve the hall of fame ~ I have loved them since the beginning 1964, always will!!

Posted by Charles Forton on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 17:38pm


I grew up with the Moody Blues. I have seen them many, many times over the years. They were and are one of my favorite bands ever!! I saw them in September, and I tell you, Justin sounded awesome!! A great show!1 Time stands still for them!!

Posted by PattiSmith on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 20:00pm


I grew up with the Moody Blues. I have seen them many, many times over the years. They were and are one of my favorite bands ever!! I saw them in September, and I tell you, Justin sounded awesome!! A great show!1 Time stands still for them!!

Posted by PattiSmith on Friday, 12.27.13 @ 20:00pm


PattiSmith,

I have only seen The Moody Blues once live in concert; they were accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Former flutist and vocalist, Ray Thomas, was still a member at that time. It was during the "Strange Times" tour. Ray had played the extended flute solo on 'Legend Of A Mind;" it was absolutely extraordinary.


Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 12.28.13 @ 12:22pm


It's a travesty that the Moody Blues are not in the Hall. They were a powerhouse band over many years, with multiple great albums and essentially invented the album as a theme concept. I've heard them in concert the last two years and they can still rock. What a great band.

Posted by Terry Overbey on Friday, 04.4.14 @ 20:56pm


The moodys will get in sooner than later...as long as more proggy/art rock bands keep coming in every year. deep purple and yes are next....and if so, the tide will have turned for groups like the moodys, tull and others. the moodys have all the criteria. high quality, groundbreaking music (orchestral/proggy rock, rock, pop, psychedelic, and their later adult contemporary 80s.) the hard rock and singers and song writers categories have broken in to the RRHOF, why not more proggy bands?

Posted by Tom on Thursday, 04.17.14 @ 20:58pm


It has been awhile since I wrote on here. I think it was last Oct. As we know Moody Blues were not even nominated. Now Yes were. There was a lot of support for Yes as well. Well Yes as we now know were not inducted either. Most of us should know who the inductees are. I guess after Rush went in last year those judges figure they'd satisfied the Prog rock thing for awhile. They focused on people like Kiss and Linda Ronstadt. Those were snubs as well true. So I guess they wanted to get those over with. Ok. Now since Yes were not actually inducted. This does mean that the Moodys could still get inducted first. Perhaps. I hope for the Moody Blues every year. There was quite a bit of controversy for this year's Hall class. Both Deep Purple and Moody Blues have a chance for either next year or the next couple years. They wouldn't stir as much controversy I figure.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 04.19.14 @ 06:48am


The Moody Blues

01. Denny Laine (1964-1966; guitar, vocals, Wings)
02. Clint Warwick (1964-1966; bass, vocals)
03. Graeme Edge (1964-Present; drums, percussion)
04. Ray Thomas (1964-2002; vocals, flute, percussion)
05. Mike Pinder (1964-1978; keyboards, vocals)
06. John Lodge (1966-Present; bass, guitar, vocals)
07. Justin Hayward (1966-Present; guitar, vocals)
08. Patrick Moraz (1978-1990; keyboards, Yes)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 04.19.14 @ 07:23am


I consider The Moody Blues to be one of the greatest live and recorded musical groups of all time. Of course, I have only grown up with them so what do I know. Their live performance sounded exactly the same as their recorded music - something that many groups cannot duplicate. Never understood how so many limp performers have made it in (I won't name any) while they have been cast aside.

Posted by Flad on Sunday, 04.27.14 @ 17:46pm


I would also fully support the immediate induction of The Moody Blues into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 04.28.14 @ 09:48am


Can not imagine a bigger omission in the R&R Hall of Fame than the Moody Blues..Seriously..we have one off artists inducted and these guys who contributed for decades are not inducted?? Please they were revolutionary and opened minds to so much great music..Lets get serious here

Posted by mburks on Friday, 05.16.14 @ 23:13pm


Not to include this British Invasion group into the hall of fame is a disgrace. They not only were great in the 60's but are still outstanding today. Their music is timeless and never gets old my children are now in their late 20s and still agree that the moodies are better musically than anyone making "music" today. I for one feel that they have had more influence on music in their life time than any other group. Please reconsider them for inductions as they are long over due.

Posted by Robert D Marx MD on Thursday, 05.22.14 @ 13:50pm


The Moody Blues, are not just another British Invasion band, but in my honest opinion, the co-founders, along with Jefferson Airplane and Procol Harum of the " art rock" and "progressive rock" genres.

Perhaps it is just my opinion, but I am able to immediately draw a connecting line from most of Rush's mellower songs, of which there are a plethora, e.g. 'Tears' from "2112," 'Different Strings' from "Permanent Waves," 'Losing It,' from "Signals," 'Grand Designs' from "Power Windows," 'Second Nature,' from "Hold Your Fire," 'Presto,' and 'Anagram (for Mongo),' from "Presto," 'Bravado,' 'Roll The Bones,' and 'Heresy,' from "Roll The Bones," "Nobody's Hero' from "Counterparts," 'Faithless,' from "Snakes & Arrows' and 'The Wreckers,' 'Halo Effect' and 'The Garden' from "Clockwork Angels," to name but a few to the 7-core Moody Blues' albums. One may perhaps, if so inclined, also find a connection even to Duran Duran's greatest songs, such as: 'What Happens Tomorrow,' 'Ordinary World,' etcetera, to The Moody Blues earlier works, as well. Those are but two examples of great bands that perhaps owe some of their sound to the Moody Blues experimentation; I am sure that there are numerous others.

The point is that The Moody Blues have deserved induction for far too long of a time. Members of Heart and Rush have called for The Moody Blues Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, as well.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 12:55pm


Oh, drat did I forget two of Rush's greatest songs: 'Available Light,' from "Presto and 'Ghost Of A Chance,' from "Roll The Bones," as well?"

With Mike Pinder's use of the Mellotron to simulate a symphonic orchestral sound, the great ethereal lyrics by Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder and John Lodge, the poetry of Graeme Edge and numerous other elements, The Moody Blues had forged a sound which has influenced countless generations, their absence from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is nothing but a travesty. Hopefully, this injustice will be rectified soon.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 13:07pm


I can't think of a single bar of any Nirvana song. Maybe that's because I'm 65. Snubbing the Moody Blues is of course an outrage but so too is snubbing Tull, The Zombies, Devo, Spirit, Traffic, and many more. Screw the RARHOF. Also, Rolling Stone, which panned Electric Ladyland when it came out. Guess who my wife and I listened to all night? The Moody Blues.

Posted by Doug Lowenthal on Saturday, 05.31.14 @ 02:39am


Doug Lowenthal: Of your list, one of those bands (Traffic) is in the Hall of Fame and has been for ten years. Doesn't make the others any less snubbed, though.

Posted by SotN on Saturday, 05.31.14 @ 03:26am


Sorry, I had been reading about this and Traffic was mentioned as not having been chosen. Should have checked.

Posted by Doug Lowenthal on Saturday, 05.31.14 @ 09:57am


How are the Moody Blues not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame? "Days of Future Past" alone should guarantee them an induction.

Posted by Lazybone on Wednesday, 06.18.14 @ 21:36pm


I could not agree more Lazybone. The Moody Blues deserve to be immediately inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 06.19.14 @ 08:50am


Ride My See-Saw strait away into the Rock Hall.

Posted by bubba on Monday, 07.28.14 @ 16:33pm


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