John Lodge of The Moody Blues
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John Lodge is the bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits “Ride My See-Saw”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more. Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to name just a few. The Moody Blues have released 15 studio albums and countless compilations, and John has also released three solo albums; NATURAL AVENUE in 1977, 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO in 2015, and his current LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM, THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR. He also released the duo album BLUE JAYS in 1975 with Justin Hayward, and they were voted the Top Duo for that year.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lodge was fascinated by cars, and from an early age wanted to be a car designer; but he also had a great love for music, and bought his first guitar when he was 13 years old. At 16, he bought his beloved Fender Precision Sunburst Bass, on which he would later perform on all the Moody Blues hits including “Nights in White Satin”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock ’n’ Roll Band)” and “Isn’t Life Strange?” The young musician spent two years learning to play the instrument, and then, with friend Ray Thomas, formed the band, El Riot & the Rebels. Listening to the riffs of early rock ‘n’ roll recordings, Lodge’s love of bass playing grew as he became interested in exploring “why” the bass guitar added such a huge dimension to the rhythm, energy and emotion of music, and his powerful and melodic bass, such a part of his songwriting, is the result.
After high school, Lodge served an apprenticeship, and attended Aston College of technology (later named Aston University), where he studied to receive a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. In 1966 John received a phone call from Ray Thomas asking “have you finished college yet?” Lodge then joined, with his former bandmate Thomas, and Mike Pinder and Graeme Edge THE MOODY BLUES as bass guitarist/vocalist. It was at this time they met Guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, and the Moody Blues were “reborn”.
BLUE JAYS was released in 1975, featuring John and Justin Hayward, and included Lodge’s “Saved by the Music,” a hard rocking piece with great hooks and a beautiful, catchy chorus, and was considered by many to be a highlight of the record. This track is featured on the new LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM album. NATURAL AVENUE, John’s first solo album, was released in 1977, and featured Chris Spedding on guitar and Mel Collins on sax and included the powerful ballads ‘Say You Love Me’ and anthemic ‘Who Could Change.’