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Nights in White Satin
by The Moody Blues
My first impressions of 'The Moody Blues' were formed by watching Denny Laine and the others perform "Go Now!" on black-and-white on television, and they seemed like a decent Sixties 'beat' group to me, albeit formed from the same mould used for so many other 'Beatle'-type wannabee bands. However, by the time this majestic and sweeping ballad came to the fore as a single three years later, Laine was long gone, cast away through his own choosing to eventually hook up with Paul McCartney in 'Wings' in the Seventies. Use of the multi-tape driven mellotron keyboard instrument, plus the sweet tones of Ray Thomas' flute, were both key to the success of the sound being promoted here. Justin Hayward's edgy tenor voice was the perfect fit, I thought - Laine would never have put this across so effectively. 'The Moody Blues' had new breath pumped into their collective lungs, and began to forge a sound and image very distant from their 'beat' group beginnings.

'The Moody Blues':
:: An early name for the band was the 'M&B Five', named in tribute to the Mitchells & Butlers brewery in Birmingham, England. The band had hoped that the company would give them a sponsorship deal, but this failed to materialize... ...
:: The group's version of "Nights in White Satin" technically wasn't the first. Although Justin Hayward may have written the song, a French outfit called 'Les Jelly Roll' released it as a single in Italy just a short time before theirs came out. ...
:: Their music went into outer space when Space Shuttle commander Robert 'Hoot' Gibson took audio cassettes of their albums "Days of Future Passed and "Seventh Sojourn" on all four of his space missions. This represented journeys of more than 10 million miles in space, while circling the globe 420 times.

In #1967 :
:: 'The Beatles' released the innovative experimental concept album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" during June that year - they had just quit touring for good, and instead set out to collaborate on this, their eighth album. ...
:: The town of Winneconne, in the state of Wisconsin, declares its sovereignty in July - it had inadvertently been left off an official map of the state's highways for that year. Told they would have to wait until next year to be reinstated on it, the town's officials came together to announce their secession from the state (purely as a publicity stunt). They (jokingly) threatened to set up tolls on their roads, and to annexe the nearby city of Oshkosh. ...
:: Francis Chichester arrived back in Plymouth, England, on May 28th after sailing round the world single-handed in his 'Gipsy Moth IV' ketch.

US: No. 103 - UK: No. 19 (When re-released in 1972 - US: No. 2 - UK: No. 19)
1967 - Deram Records - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', 'The Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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