Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues

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Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues Dies at 76

By: KANE-O!

January 8, 2018

RAY THOMAS, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and a founding member of The MOODY BLUES died on January 4, according to sources that include his record company, Esoteric Recordings (read statement here), and his friend & bandmate since the beginning, John Lodge.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but especially tragic about this news is that Mr. Thomas, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003 (he retired from the band in 2002), did not survive to experience the heritage English band's eagerly anticipated (and long-overdue) induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Although he played many instruments, Ray Thomas is most remembered for his distinctive, imaginative flute playing, with the most memorable being his evocative solo on the MB's classic, Nights In White Satin. Mr. Thomas is credited with writing or co-writing 25 Moody Blues songs, and unknown to many people is the fact that Thomas, along with The Moody Blues' Mike Pinder, sang back-up vocals on The BEATLES’ “I Am The Walrus, and he played the harmonica on The Fool On The Hill, both from the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album.

RIP, Ray Thomas.

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