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Bill Dawes07/01/2018 19:47:12
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Sad to hear that Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues has passed away.

As a Brummie of the same age I used to watch all these young kids, many now millionaires, during the fantastic Brum rock scene of the 60's.

Bill D.

Martin Whittle07/01/2018 20:41:11
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Thank you for this Bill

I was very saddened to hear this. Entirely coincidentally, having taken down the Christmas lights and decorations today, I was listening to the the Moody Blues 'December' album when I read your post.

The Moody Blues were a major influence in my early life - I shall never forget 'Nights in White Satin' booming in the student's coffee bar - the jukebox loudspeaker had a resonance giving a bit of a rattle to the bass notes that actually enhanced the atmosphere of the song.

Ray will be sadly missed.


Neil Wyatt07/01/2018 21:37:57
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Sad news, especially as they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.


Brian Sweeting07/01/2018 23:27:32
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Sad news.

Bill Dawes08/01/2018 11:31:30
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Just how amazing living in Brum in the 60's is difficult to convey to younger people, Practically every pub, club, assembly room, school hall had rock bands on. You would walk down a street and hear kids practicing in their front room or struggling with equipment on a bus to a booking (I don't think they were called gigs in those days)

Many many great names appeared from all those enthusiastic young groups ( in those days a band was Joe Loss etc)

Anyone interested in the Brum rock scene should get hold of 'Brum Rocked' and 'Brum Rocked On' by Laurie Hornsby, an incredibly detailed description of dates, places, people in the 60's. Many names a lot of you will now know as rock legends, mostly starting off as kids working in car factories etc.

Bill D.

Sam Longley 108/01/2018 12:30:32
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My first ever yachting adventure abroad was from Burnham to Ostend. I got hopelessly lost, but finally made it & will always remember that first trip. One of the things that will always stick in my mind was sailing pass radio Caroline & having the radio turned up loud listening to " Why can we never get an answer" as the DJ's of the time argued with the authorities about illegal transmissions.

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