Most folks don't know that name. I do . He was a founding member of the Moody Blues, one of the most important bands in my life. He was born in 1941, in Birmingham England, and has lived in the US for much of the last three decades. I miss his wonderful deep voice, and his deeply spiritual point of view. I think the Moodies went lacking after he decided to go do his own thing.
And I have yet to forget him. Well, when someone touches your life as much as those guys did mine, it would be tough to forget. They quite probably are why I am alive today. It sounds a little dramatic, but it is true. They gave a desperate person something to hold onto.
A belated happy birthday to his one time band mate, Ray Thomas, too. Ray was another of the founding members, flute player and extraordinary Welsh voice in the band. Ray decided to retire from music a few years back, figuring I suppose that four decades was quite enough. Now hw spends time fishing and playing with any grandchildren, I am sure.
I've always been tickled that I shared something with two members of that band: my birthday in right after Mike's. I'll have to remember to have a bite of cake for each of these fellows, when I do so for myself.
Many more guys! You are very loved.