Long before TV's 'The Voice,' radio was ruled by the Moody Blues' 'Voice'
Last week wrapped up the 11th season of NBC's The Voice and while it's a ratings winner and enjoys plenty of water cooler talk around my office, I must admit that I've never watched an episode. However, if you want to get an '80s music lover on board for The Voice, just mention the Moody Blues.
With no hate for the reality music show, when I think of The Voice I think of the Top 40 hit in 1981 by the veteran English band that was around for the original English Music Invasion in the '60s. In total, the Moody Blues had five Top 40 hits in the '80s and The Voice was one of their most successful ones peaking at No. 15 on the U.S. singles chart.
The video for The Voice is a simple performance clip for the Moody Blues that were considered "old" when The Voice was a hit. The harsh truth was that most of the band members were only in their late 30s and early 40s in 1981 when this video was recorded with lead singer Justin Heyward being one the babies of the group at age 34. Most of the Moody Blues looked like ordinary blokes including the drummer, Graeme Edge, who is the gentlemen who wrote the poetry entitled Late Lament, which is the spoken verse at the end of the Moody Blue's most recognized hit Nights In White Satin.
The Voice is from the Long Distance Voyager album whose title was inspired by the Voyager space missions that flew by Saturn from 1980-81. Long Distance Voyager also became the band's second No. 1 album on the U.S. charts. While the Moody Blues are still together, it is Heyward who is out promoting his new solo album All The Way and will be in Florida throughout February including a stop at The Capitol Theater on Feb. 26th.