“A thousand pictures can be drawn from one word, only who is the artist, we got to agree….”
He put his engineering studies on hold at his hometown Birmingham College of Advanced Technology to take over the bass chair for the Moody Blues in 1966 – and he’s still on the bandstand and recording studio with his Moody mates Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge.
A prolific composer (“Ride My See-Saw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, among many others), singer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and producer – John Charles Lodge was a major force in the band’s remarkable transformation from a fairly atypical British pop rhythm and blues outfit to the forefront of symphonic and progressive rock.
Akin to his peer, Sir Paul – Lodge’s bass artistry runs the gamut from adventurous harmonic extensions and counterpoint to buoyant rhythms which swing in-the-pocket.
And like Macca, Lodge maintains his streetwise rock ‘n’ roll disposition among the layers of lush strings, synthesizers, and vocal harmonies he brilliantly supports with his Fender Jazz.
The Moody Blues recorded legacy with Lodge, beginning with Days of Future Passed (1967) and on through to Strange Times (1999) – is among the most inventive, lasting, and influential in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and recorded popular music.