Moody Blues co-founder and drummer Graeme Edge dies at age 80

Graeme Edge, who was drummer and co-founder of the soft-rock band The Moody Blues, has died at the age of 80. Edge and a musician friend were hit by a car in June while…

Moody Blues co-founder and drummer Graeme Edge dies at age 80

Graeme Edge, who was drummer and co-founder of the soft-rock band The Moody Blues, has died at the age of 80. Edge and a musician friend were hit by a car in June while riding their bikes and a police investigation is underway. The musician co-founded the band in 1960 with John Lodge and Justin Hayward and the group enjoyed a number of hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s, most notably “Nights in White Satin,” “I Know You’re Feeling My Love,” “How Can I Go So Wrong?,” and “Days of Future Passed.” However, Edge told BBC that he would have preferred to be known as an “educational” musician rather than a “music celebrity.”

While Edge is now best remembered for his time with The Moody Blues, he released his own albums under various pseudonyms, including the Headhunters, Wood Folk and Idols and Unplugged. In an interview in 2007, Edge told The Telegraph that, while he liked the music of The Moody Blues, he was inspired by groups like The Byrds and The Beach Boys.

More recently, Edge was busy touring solo with a live band. He appeared with the Moody Blues in 2012 for a 30th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition to his time in The Moody Blues, Edge was also a world champion competitive diver, having competed in the 1976 and 1982 Olympics.

Read the full story at BBC.

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