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STEPPIN' THROUGH A TIME ZONE! - 2010
This section celebrates everything Moody Blues through providing an amazing factoid, a Moody myth-busting reality check and a daily question to test your knowledge of the band.
OUR GUESSING GAME - YESTERDAY'S ANSWER
What was the address of the Official Moody Blues Fan Club? 53-55 High Street, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3DP (UK). It was actually in office space over the Threshold shop and the Moodies business headquarters.
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Did you know that Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder joined forces after El Riot and the Rebels disbanded to form The Krew Kats just before initiating the Moody Blues? The Krew Kats travelled to Hamburg to perform but, with other members leaving and the pair stranded with no money, they had to walk and hitch-hike back to Ostend, where the British Consulate provided them with money to get back to Birmingham.
NO MORE LIES
Myth: Before becoming the Moody Blues, the band’s first name was The M&B 5. Reality: It is true that the band changed their name to The M&B 5 in the hope of attracting sponsorship from the Mitchell & Butler’s brewery in Birmingham, but before this, the group (Graeme Edge, Denny Laine, Clint Warwick, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder) had joined forces with Danny King (of Danny King and the Dukes) to become The R&B Preachers. It was only after King left that the band sought their sponsorship and changed the name.
OUR GUESSING GAME
Who provides the female spoken voice on Stage Door from Justin Hayward’s Songwriter album?
Come back tomorrow to find out the answer, plus new facts, a new question and another myth busted!
2010 During the Moody Blues' hiatus in the mid-70s, Ray Thomas released two solo albums, "From Mighty Oaks" and "Hopes, Wishes and Dreams". The albums were recorded at the brand new and then state-of-the-art Threshold Studios with core-7 engineer Derek Varnals at the controls. Threshold artist Nicky James was Ray's collaborator in writing the albums, they enlisted musician brothers John and Trevor Jones along with drummer Dave Potts as well as a 38-piece orchestra.
Flash forward to 2010. A boxed set is released containing CDs of remastered versions of the two albums, (Hopes, Wishes and Dreams" had not been previously released in the U.S.) a DVD with a 5.1 surround sound version of "From Mighty Oaks" adapted from the 1975 unreleased quadraphonic mix and the original 1975 promotional film "High Above My Head", a CD with a 1975 radio promotional interview album, now with the questions being asked by none other than Mike Pinder, the single "High Above My Head/Love Is the Key", a previously unreleased single "We Need Love/Didn't I", the single "One Night Stand/Carousel" and a brand new song "The Trouble With Memories" with guitar and keyboards played by Bias Boshell, postcards and a booklet with full lyrics and many photographs. On September 24, 2010, a signing/release party was held with Ray at Threshold Record Shop in Cobham. Did you buy the box set? What is your opinion of it? Did you attend the signing party at Threshold? If so, please tell us about your experience.
John Lodge wrote a song called "Sunny Sunshine Faces" which he recorded with musicians in Barbados and released in 2010. All the proceeds from the single went to children's charities around the world. This is, of course, just one example of many many charitable causes which the Moodies have contributed to over the years. Did you buy a copy of the single?
Ray at Threshold Record Shop Cobham for the box set signing/release party September 24, 2010
Thank you autumngal2 for the photo
mbauthor wrote:It was a really cold and gloomy day in Cobham when I joined the throng to meet my Flute Hero. Ray's wife Lee later said that Ray was worried that no-one would turn up.
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