MOODY Blues drummer Graeme Edge has died aged 80.
The English musician, songwriter and poet co-founded the group, who were best known for their hits Go Now and Your Wildest Dreams. His family has confirmed his death to NewsNation.
In addition to his work with the Moody Blues, Edge has worked as the bandleader of his own outfit, the Graeme Edge Band. He has contributed his talents to a variety of other projects throughout his career. In 2018, Edge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues
Edge was one of the original members of The Moody Blues, alongside singer/guitarist Denny Laine, singer/bassist Clint Warwick, singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder and singer/flautist/harmonica player Ray Thomas.
He provided a foundation for the original R&B and rock-flavoured band fronted by Laine, playing on all their Decca singles, including the UK chart-topping “Go Now” (January 1965), and other 1965 hit songs; “I Don’t Want To Go On Without You”, “Everyday”, and “From The Bottom of my Heart (I Love You)”, which were additionally released in that year.
After the Moodies’ world tour ended in 1974, the band members took a break, during which, between his two solo albums, Edge sailed on a round-the-world voyage with a small crew in his yacht Delia.
After the Moodies’ reunion in 1978, Edge provided “I’ll Be Level With You” (sung by the group, led by Hayward) for the album Octave on Decca. After the album was released, Pinder declined to tour with the band and was replaced by ex-Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz.