Why Aren’t The Moody Blues in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

I was surprised when one YouTube comment bemoaned the fact that The Moody Blues are not in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I checked and it is so. It’s a travesty. They were a great and important band.

Experts may scoff at my ignorance, but I always thought of them with Pink Floyd: A bit over the top, great lyrics and a deep,lush and instantly recognizable sound.

This long excerpt is from Bruce Eder’s terrific profile of The Moody Blues at AllMusic. I highly recommend the entire piece, though Bruce could use a refresher course in paragraph construction:

In contrast to America, where home stereo systems swept the country after 1958, in England, stereo was still not dominant, or even common, in most people’s homes — apart from classical listeners — in 1966. Decca had come up with “Deramic Stereo,” which offered a wide spread of sound, coupled with superbly clean and rich recording, and was trying to market it with an LP that would serve as a showcase, utilizing pop/rock done in a classical style. The Moody Blues, who owed the label unrecouped advances and recording session fees from their various failed post-“Go Now” releases, were picked for the proposed project, which was to be a rock version of Dvorák‘s New World Symphony. Instead, they were somehow able to convince the Decca producers involved that the proposed adaptation was wrongheaded, and to deliver something else; the producer, Tony Clarke, was impressed with some of the band’s own compositions, and with the approval of executive producer Hugh Mendl, and the cooperation of engineer Derek Varnals, the group effectively hijacked the project — instead of Dvorák‘s music, they arrived at the idea of an archetypal day’s cycle of living represented in rock songs set within an orchestral framework, utilizing conductor/arranger Peter Knight‘s orchestrations to expand and bridge the songs. The result was the album Days of Future Passed. (Continue Reading…)

  • Mike Theunissen

    Could not believe it when I saw the Moodies were not in. What a travesty. Makes me certainly doubt the credibility of the Hall. It’s like leaving Mickey Mantle out of the baseball HOF.

  • Carl

    Totally agree, Mike, thanks for the comment. One does not have to love a band’s music in order to recognize its importance. I didn’t like what Steinbrenner did to baseball, for instance, but keeping him out of the baseball HOF — and keep Marvin Miller out — is a joke. Same for the MB’s and the RR HoF. Thanks.

  • Jim George

    What makes me angry is that they put Madonna, UGH, in the hHall of Famer and now the e Moddies. The hall of fame lost all its credibility to me i’ll never visit it

  • I had the good fortune to write an album that was produced in their Cobham studios by Tony Clark and Gerry Hoff who headed up Threshold, who also had a hand in our recordings at decca number 1. In the Realm of Asgaerd gave me the opportunity to see how the Moodies operated and they were extremely hard working. I understand that Grame now lives in Florida and John Lodge lives just down the Thames from Mortlake. The Jazz pub run by a Scottish guy who used to drive the likes of Billy Fury and Tommy Steele around. He told me to remind John that he still owes 50 quid. Justin has moved to Cornwall and Pete Orgill my violin player actually did a gig had Justin’s daughters wedding not long back! We may get angry and upset about such injustice, but to be quite honest, you can’t get more ordinary blokes than Graeme, Justin, and the rest. They wouldn’t give a toss, especially as you say the likes of Madonna and so on seem to have made the grade. The Moodies most inspiring LP for me was On the Threshold of a dream, but every LP was a winner and Snowy my drummer did sessions on EGBDF along with playing at a Cobham charity football match with the Moodies. Oh! Yes, they also worked hard supporting the communities where they all lived.

  • Vosk River

    It is now 2014. The Moody Blues been around for 50 years. The R & R Hall of Shame again refuses to listen to the people! Several “Progressive Rock” bands seem to continue to be over looked by them (Moody Blues, Yes, Rush). I will not vote for the R&R Hall of Shame with my dollars. I will continue to vote for the Moody Blues with my dollars. I have bought there LP’s in record form, CD form, and have a Pandora station for them (They get royalties for that). I would like to see them for a fourth time if I can. I see they are very popular tickets on some of the internet ticket resales places. They are getting up 300 votes (dollars) a ticket. I am sure they like that there fans are still voting for them! Even if the so called experts do not. He who laughs last laughs best. The Moody Blues are still laughing all the way to the bank. Good for them!

    • Saw them first when GO NOW was in the charts and Denny Laine was with the band, he went on to work with McCartney. The Moodies were great then, but as I said before, The Moodies were a hard working bunch, and there are two types of people in the world, Muzos and the rest! However, sometimes fans catch on there is something wrong with the music business, and the mud always sinks to the bottom. It’s best not to stir it up!lonnie donogon(think I spelled that wrong) first took Justin under his wing and from then on they decided together with the help of Cyril Symons (N0 1 Piccadilly )who had his offices above the Hard rock café in MAM’s building, to go it alone and set up Threshold records. Justin always said, “Writing a song and getting a publishing deal is like hanging your painting on someone else’s wall.” The Rock and Roll hall of fame IS SOMEONE ELSES WALL! As for laughing all the way to the bank, I know Graeme is feeling the pinch in Florida, but they’re not the sort of guys who place any importance on cash, because they are just normal blokes who put their nose to the grindstone and got on with it!

  • Thanks for the comment Engimaticus. Nice screen name. Did they just get in? I think I heard something along those lines.

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