The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock. It has been described as a “landmark” and “one of the first successful concept albums”. They became known internationally with singles including “Go Now”, “Nights in White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Question”. They have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. Their album sales total 70 million.
The Moody Blues’ “rich symphonic sound” influenced groups such as Yes, Genesis, the Electric Light Orchestra and Deep Purple. They also helped make synthesizers and philosophy “part of the rock mainstream”.
The band featured at No. 3 in the 2001 Channel 4 documentary Prog Rock Top Ten, behind Genesis and Pink Floyd.
The Moody Blues are members of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They have never been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; in 2013, readers of Rolling Stone voted for them as one of the ten bands that should be inducted. Ultimate Classic Rock has called them “perennial victims of an unaccountable snubbing” and inducted them into its own Hall of Fame in 2014.