‘I’m not particularly surprised': Moody Blues’ Graeme Edge on being ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall

Being the only member to have appeared in every different permutation of the Moody Blues, drummer Graeme Edge has seen it all — including snub after snub after snub by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They’ve been eligible, after all, since 1989. And yet the Moody Blues continue to be ignored despite having had Top 15 hits in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s — from 1964’s “Go Now” (No. 1 UK/No. 10 US) and 1967’s “Nights in White Satin” (No. 9 UK/No. 2 US), to 1970’s “Question” (No. 2 UK) and 1973’s “I’m Just a Singer [in a Rock and Roll Band] (No. 12 US), to 1981’s “Gemini Dream” and “The Voice” (Nos. 12 and 15 US) and 1986’s “Your Wildest Dreams” (No. 9 US).

As the Moody Blues get ready for their second Moody Blues Cruise this April, Edge is taking the long view on such things — saying “I’m not particularly surprised, because there’s a lot of stuff which goes on behind the scenes, record labels and things that we just won’t get involved with.”

Edge, on board since 1964, even jokes that the yearly story of how the Moody Blues are left out provides its own kind of publicity for the group, which has also included Justin Hayward and John Lodge since 1966. Perhaps, he muses, it’s because they play prog rock — or, maybe, their English origins: “They can’t seem to look far past New York, which is what New Yorkers do. They stare down at their own belly button all the time, don’t they?”

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  • jkm49

    Snub, this is a downright crime. In the famous words of Larry Holmes “Rocky Couldn’t Hold My Jock Strap”. Well this goes for many of the now inducted members of the Hall of Fame, nominations, induction committees are just like the committees in Washington DC, they can’t see beyond their noses. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys while I was stationed in the UK during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Isle of Wight 1970 being one. Hall of Fame nominating committee, nominate the Moody Blues now, while these guys are still playing and let the current generation see what they have missed. Of course this is IMHO.