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Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge dies age 80


Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward has paid tribute to bandmate Graeme Edge, who has died at the age of 80.

He was the drummer for the Birmingham-based rock band known for songs like Nights In White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon.

“Graeme’s sound and personality are present in everything we did together,” Mr Hayward said, “and thankfully that will live on.”

He referred to him as one of the “great characters of the music industry.”

Edge was born in Rocester, Staffordshire, in 1941, and moved to Birmingham with his family shortly after, according to the official website of the Moody Blues.

In 1964, he formed the Moody Blues with Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.

“When Graeme told me he was retiring, I knew it couldn’t be the Moody Blues without him,” Mr Hayward said.

“And that’s exactly what happened. It’s true that he kept the group together over the years because he enjoyed it.”

He described his bandmate as a “poet as well as a drummer,” adding that “never again will there be anyone like him.”

The Moody Blues recorded music between 1964 and 2003

“When I first joined the group, Graeme and his parents were very kind to me, and for the first two years, he and I either lived together or next door to each other,” Mr Hayward said.

“We had a lot of fun and laughs along the way, and we made some of the best music we’ve ever made.”

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