On March 14, 1975, The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward and John Lodge released an al…

Written by on March 14, 2018


On March 14, 1975, The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward and John Lodge released an album titled “Blue Jays”. It was recorded and released during the Moody Blues’ five-year hiatus.

During work on the Moody Blues album that was to follow Seventh Sojourn, bandmates Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge summoned Hayward and producer Tony Clarke out of a recording session to call off the project. The tension-fraught recording of Seventh Sojourn and subsequent world tour had left the band exhausted and relationships frayed. Pinder, who had emigrated to the United States, was not happy in England and was determined to return home to California.

Hayward has said “I was under a lot of pressure from Decca to come up with something to release. So I actually went to America to do something with Mike [Pinder], between the two of us. Then Tony Clarke and John [Lodge] turned up at Mike’s house as well. Mike took me in the other room and said, “I don’t want to work with anybody else. I’m out of this project.” So then it became me and John and Tony Clarke, and we made an album called Blue Jays.”

We are pretty sure you all know this, but. The name “Blue Jays” comes from two places. First, “Blue” from the Moody Blues” and second “Jays” comes from the first letter of Haywards’ and Lodges’ first names.

How many of you still give this record a listen every know and then?

Happy 43rd Birthday to “Blue Jays”!!!




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