Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas dead at 76

The Moody Blues were recently accepted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Founding member and flautist of The Moody Blues died today at the age of 76. Thomas revealed on his website that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 after receiving the diagnosis in 2013.

Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife, Lee, at this sad time.”

The Moody Blues’ 1967 album “Days of Future Passed” is a prog-rock landmark, and Thomas’s flute solo on the single “Nights in White Satin” one of its defining moments.

The Moody Blues were recently announced as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2018.

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