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Ray Thomas

"Ray Thomas" (born on 29 December, 1941, in Stourport-on-Severn, England) is an English musician best known as the flutist and a composer in the rock band The Moody Blues.

In the 1950's, Thomas joined the Birmingham Youth Choir. He began singing with various Birmingham blues and soul groups, including the Saints and Sinners as well as the Ramblers. Taking up the harmonica, he then started bands with keyboardist and future Moody Blues bandmate Mike Pinder. The two performed together in such bands as El Riot and the Rebels and the Krew Cats in Hamburg, Germany, at times opening for a then-little-known band called The Beatles.

Thomas and Pinder then recruited Guitarist Denny Laine along with drummer Graeme Edge and bassist Clint Warwick to form a new, blues-based band. The name of the band, chosen by Pinder, was "The Moody Blues." The name was a subtle reference to Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo."

Their first album yielded a #1 UK hit (#10 in the US) with "Go Now." Following this album, Laine and Warwick left the band. Thomas suggested an old bandmate, bassist John Lodge, as a replacement for Warwick and also recruited Justin Hayward to replace Denny Laine.

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