Ray Thomas, flutist, vocalist and founding person in the Moody Blues, passed away Thursday at age 76.
Thomas’ label Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Data verified the multi-instrumentalist’s loss of life on Facebook, adding that Thomas perished all of the sudden at his home in Surrey, Britain. No reason behind death was released.
“Were deeply surprised by his passing and can miss his friendliness, humor and kindness,” the label published. “It had been a privilege to get known and caused him and our thoughts are along with his family and his partner Lee as of this miserable time.”
Moody Blues bassist John Lodge tweeted Sunday, “Ray and I have already been on this wonderful trip through life mutually since we were 14… Two small children from Birmingham who come to for the personalities…and we managed to get alongside one another. El Riot you will be by my aspect.” Thomas and Lodge enjoyed collectively in their music group El Riot and the Rebels in the first Sixties.
In 1964, after El Riot break up, Thomas and keyboardist Mike Pander made the Moody Blues alongside drummer Graeme Border, bassist Clint Warwick and guitarist Denny Lainey. That lineup would release the strike “Go Now” and the 1965 LP the Superb Moodiest, which highlighted Thomas on business lead vocals for the Gershwin cover “It Isn’t Always So.”
The Moody Blues would soon replace Lainey with Justin Hayward and Warwick with Thomas’ El Riot music group mate Lodge to create the band’s basic lineup. As flautist, multi-instrumentalist and performer in the Moody Blues, Thomas came out on all the prig rock and roll band’s albums – including their typical LPs like Times of Future Passed, Searching for the Lost Chord, A Question of Balance and Every Good Youngster Deserves Favor – until his old age in 2002.
Thomas also composed and sang Moody Blues monitors like “Twilight Time,” “Story of your brain,” “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume,” “Dear Journal” and “Plus the Tide Rushes In.” Furthermore to his time with the Moody Blues, Thomas also released a set of single albums, 1975’s From Mighty Oaks and 1976’s Expectations, Hopes and Dreams, as the group continued hiatus in the mid-Seventies.
Thomas retired from the Moody Blues in 2002 after experiencing some medical issues. In 2013, Thomas uncovered that he was experiencing “in-operable” prostate cancers. “The cancer has been presented in remission but I’m going to be acquiring this treatment for the others of my entire life,” Thomas published on his website.
In Dec, the Stone Hall of Popularity declared that the Moody Blues’ basic lineup – Thomas, Hayward, Advantage, Lodge and Pander – would be inducted within the School of 2018; Lainey was eventually put into the band’s Rock and roll Hall roster times later.
Following a announcement, Lodge said within an interview that he was hopeful that both Thomas and Pander – who still left the strap in 1978 – would give back for the induction service. “If it works, it’ll be fantastic because it’s an all-natural move to make. I’m not endeavoring to induce it – it will likely be because it’s said to be,” Lodge said. “They are a fundamental element of my entire life. You can’t dismiss that. It’s locked within.” Hayward also informed Rolling Stone he’d most probably to a reunion of the Moody Blues’ common lineup.