Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

50 years after they first set out, the Moody Blues took their place among the legends

It took a while, but it finally happened. In 2018 Ray Thomas and the rest of the Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The only question was: what took so long?

The Moody Blues’ ascent into rock legend status came 19 years after they first became eligible. Fans and press had been asking the question for years. However, the powers that be seemed to take more convincing.

They were in good company. Neil Diamond also famously had to wait until his turn. Graeme Edge couldn’t resist taking a bit of a dig at their omission in his acceptance speech.

In any case it was better late than never as the Moodies took their well-deserved place among the stars.

The Rock and Roll Hall of fame has become the standard of who deserves legend status in rock. 2020’s inductees include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Whitney Houston. If the Moody Blues are upset at taking so long to make it in, they should spare a thought for the likes of Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Judas Priest and Kraftwerk who are all on the snubbed list.    

Unfortunately for Ray Thomas, it came a little too late. He had died shortly before the ceremony. Nevertheless, he was there in spirit. His picture loomed over the band as they struck up a haunting version of ‘Nights in White Satin’.