RAY THOMAS of The Moody Blues Passes Away.

Multi-Instrumentalist & Founding Member succumbs to Cancer Jan. 4th

January 8, 2018

Mrdoomits Dreamstime.com

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

R.I.P and Rock On, Ray Thomas.