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12-Mar-08
Graeme Talks About the Band, Their Successes, Growth and Current Tour

Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times

The band that penned a famous song about unrequited love continues to be popular more than 40 years later.

The Moody Blues, known around the world for their signature song "Nights in White Satin," will perform Tuesday in El Paso at the Plaza Theatre.

Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five, the group was part of the musical British Invasion of the 1960s.

"The British Invasion was our response in Great Britain to American rock "n' roll music," drummer Graeme Edge said in a recent telephone interview. "The Americans like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis had all this great music, and we needed to come up with something."

The result was a series of British acts who brought their unique sounds to the United States. The Moody Blues' trademark haunting sound is also found in its hit "Tuesday Afternoon."

Edge said the Moody Blues classics were inspired by poetry and developed with a lot of hard work. Using orchestral arrangements also gave the band a distinct sound. "Days of Future Passed," released in 1967, continues to be their best-selling album. It was on the Billboard charts for more than two years.

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