The musician, who frisked the flute solo on one of the bands biggest hit, Darkness in White Satin, suffering from prostate cancer
The Moody Blues ace Ray Thomas has died at persons under the age of 76. The flautist and vocalist died abruptly on Thursday, his register name said.
Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings said in a statement:” We are deeply sickened by his elapse and will miss his warmth, witticism and kindness. It was a privilege to have known and is collaborating with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife, Lee, at this sad duration .”
In 2014 Thomas exposed on his website that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said he had received his diagnosis in 2013.
” My cancer was inoperable but I have a phenomenal doctor who immediately started me on a new medication that has had 90% success rate ,” he wrote.” The cancer is being held in remission but I’ll be receiving this therapy for the rest of “peoples lives” .”
Born in Stourport-on-Severn on 29 December 1941, Thomas started out in blue-bloodeds and soul groups in the 1960 s and later constituted the Moody Blues alongside Mike Pinder, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick.
Although the band’s beginnings lay in the blues, their 1964 stumbles Go Now was a foretaste of the lush, orchestral chime that came to be called progressive rock.
Their 1967 book Days of Future Passed is a prog-rock landmark, and Thomas’s flute solo on the single Nights in White Satin one of its defining moments.
Thomas wrote various songs for the band, including the trippy Legend of a Mind and Veteran Cosmic Rocker.
Thomas likewise experienced solo success with the books From Mighty Oaks and Hopes Wishes& Dreams. The Moody Blues, including Thomas, were to be inducted into the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.