Hands down, one of the greatest songs ever recorded turns 50 years old today. O…

Written by on November 10, 2017

Hands down, one of the greatest songs ever recorded turns 50 years old today.

On Nov. 10th of 1967, The Moody Blues released their single “Nights in White Satin.” The song was written and composed by Justin Hayward and first featured on the album Days of Future Passed. When first released in 1967, the song reached #19 on the UK Singles Chart.

But it didn’t hit the charts in the US until Nov. of 1972, when it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box. In the wake of its U.S. success, the song re-charted in the UK in late 1972 and climbed to #9. The song was re-released yet again in 1979, and charted for a third time in the UK at #14.

Justin Hayward wrote the song at age 19 and titled the song after a girlfriend gave him a gift of satin bedsheets. The song itself was a tale of a yearning love from afar, which leads many aficionados to term it as a tale of unrequited love endured by Hayward.

The London Festival Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment for the introduction, the final rendition of the chorus, and the “final lament” section, all of which were in the original album version. The “orchestral” sounds in the main body of the song were actually produced by Mike Pinder on a Mellotron, which would come to define “The Moody Blues sound”.

The spoken-word poem heard near the six-minute mark of the album version of the song is called “Late Lament”. Drummer Graeme Edge wrote the verses, which were read by keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Happy 50th Birthday to “Nights in White Satin”!!!

Here is the original video for the song from 1976.


One of the first official videos of “Nights In White Satin” in 1967. “Nights” in Paris. A timeless song. http://go.magik.ly/ml/5sra/ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5b…

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