An A list drummer who quit the now legendary band at the height of their fame has sadly passed away at the age of 80
The acclaimed drummer and co-founder of the Moody Blues has died at the age of 80.
A spokesman for the band, Mike Hodges, confirmed the sad news on Saturday.
“Graeme Edge, drummer of the Moody Blues since the early sixties, has died at his home in Oxfordshire following a short illness,” Hodges told the BBC.
“Graeme Edge, regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation and long a close friend of the band, provided the backbone of the Moody Blues sound during the UK’s avant garde and experimental days and remained a constant during the band’s golden age in the 1970s.”
The band’s second album, Days Go By, saw the singer, David Sylvian, fronting a new line-up of the band. They disbanded in 1979 due to a dispute with the other musicians over the management of the band.
However, their reputation was revived by a comeback album, Walk On, in 1979 and through live performances. This earned them a legion of fans, many of whom now turn out to see them live in a series of nostalgic concerts.
The Moody Blues, best known for the songs Nights In White Satin, Nights In White Satin and Nights in White Satin, began life as a folk act in the early sixties, and the singer, David Sylvian, took the group in a new direction when he joined them in 1965. Edge then took over as lead drummer, alongside guitarist Mike Pinder and keyboard player Peter Mansfield.
It was Edge who came up with the term “moody” in the sixties and played a vital role in rebranding the Moody Blues as a groundbreaking band.
Edge’s 60s hits were scored with a chain of brilliant melodies and exciting rhythms and they became a touchstone for contemporary groups, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses and Stereophonics.
The band, who also included, guitarist/pianist Mike Pinder, keyboard player Peter Mansfield and singer/guitarist David Sylvian – lead singer for three decades before combining with the rest of the group and making the Moody Blues one of the best-selling groups of all time – were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.