"The Moody Blues have been a driving force in popular music since their formation in 1964. Their hit songs and rich, thoughtfully crafted albums are known to millions of fans worldwide. The Moodies are generally credited with developing and popularizing "orchestral rock," mostly on the strength of their 1967 album, Days of Future Passed, and through the use of the Mellotron, a keyboard instrument that allowed the group to replicate orchestral sounds live and in the studio.
The Moody Blues are Justin Hayward (guitar and vocals), John Lodge (bass and vocals), Ray Thomas (flute and vocals), and Graeme Edge (percussion and spoken word). The current incarnation of the band -- or "Mark IV" edition as it is known by fans -- has been together since 1978, when founding member Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals) left the group to focus on family life and his solo career. (Thomas and Edge have been with the band from the beginning; Hayward and Lodge joined two years later, following the departure of original vocalist Denny Laine and bassist Clint Warwick.) Keyboard master Patrick Moraz recorded and performed live with the band between 1978 and 1991. In 1992, the band performed with an orchestra in a live setting for the first time and embarked on a series of well-received tours with same over the next several years."