Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to John Lodge, bassist with progressive rock pioneers The Moody Blues, whose biggest single was Nights in White Satin; the song first appeared on their 1967 album Days of Future Passed but wasn't the success it later became until it was re-released in 1972, at a time when the drugs people were taking caused them to eschew short, punchy pop songs with straightforward lyrics about love in favour of seven- and eight-minute mini-epics with utterly obtuse lyrics ostensibly about love.
Here Lodge and his bandmates perform their smash hit in August 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival. At the time it was held, the 1970 concert was considered the largest human gathering in history - at 600,000 it beat Woodstock's attendance by 100K - a record which wasn't surpassed until Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in 1973.
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