These days the Moody Blues are known for their psychedelic style music but they actually began life as an R&B band during the so called British Invasion.
Starting out in Birmingham, the band was first formed by Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder under the name of the Krew Cats. Following tours around Germany, they returned to the UK in November 1963, where they recruited some of the city's best musicians, including vocalist and guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge and bassist Clink Warwick.
The band made their full professional debut in May 1964, and were quickly noticed by manager Tony Secunda. They soon acquired a contract with the English label Decca Records, less than six months since they had first got going. Their first single, 'Steal Your Heart Away; was released in September, but didn't trouble the charts.
Their second single, though, gained unprecedented success. 'Go Now' reached number one in England and number 10 in America. However, the group were unable to follow up the success. They continued to tour until 1966, when the frustration became too much for both Warwick and Laine. Both men left the band.
In 1967, the band again obtained success with their stunning record Days of Future Passed, which combined both rock and classical music into a unique mix that became popular with many listeners.
Since that second wave of success, the band has continued to make music, with their most recent record being 2001's Journey Into Amazing Caves. Their numerous records are still available to purchase on CD across the web.