Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Moody Blues
Song:Nights In White Satin
Album:A Bronx Tale
Nights In White Satin was the biggest hit for the British group The Moody Blues. They started out as a standard British Invasion group but personnel changes turned them in an orchestral direction. I find their music doesn't have a lot of bite to it. The group was started in Birmingham in 1963 by harmonica player Ray Thomas and keyboard player Mike Pinder. They worked together in a group called The Krew Kats. They decided to start The Moody Blues with guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge and bassist Clint Warwick. They had a big hit in 1964 with their cover of the R & B song Go Now but they couldn't seem to follow that up. So first Warwick and then Laine left in 1966 and were replaced by John Lodge & Justin Hayward. After floundering for a while, the group was able to convince Decca Records producer Tony Clarke that they could mix rock with a more classical music direction. Hayward was the main person behind this change. So in 1967 they produced an album called Days Of Future Passed. Hayward wrote Nights In White Satin but the melody is actually the 1963 Ben E. King hit I (Who Have Nothing) with new words. It was a huge hit in England but the US record company Deram didn't release it as a single and it didn't become a hit until 1972. This soundtrack from the film A Bronx Tale has several oldies. The Moody Blues had significant success through the 70s and Justin Hayward & John Lodge still lead a version of The Moody Blues today. Here's the video for Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues.