(AbsoluteNews.com) – Moody Blues is known as one of the forerunners of progressive rock music. Sadly, one of the band’s co-founders has died at the age of 80.
On November 11, Graeme Edge passed away from cancer in Bradenton, Florida. The drummer and songwriter was born in the United Kingdom but lived in the Sunshine State since the 1970s. The band’s frontman, Justin Hayward, announced his friend’s passing on the band’s website. The singer said that Edge had been “called upon to be a poet as well as a drummer” when he helped form the band.
John Lodge, another member of the band, expressed deep sadness over the loss of his friend.
“When the White Eagle of the North is flying overhead” …sadly Graeme left us today. To me he was the White Eagle of the North with his beautiful poetry, his friendship, his love of life and his “unique” style of drumming that was the engine room of the Moody Blues… pic.twitter.com/hlDtJyWZHU
— John Lodge (@JohnLodgeMusic) November 11, 2021
Moody Blues formed in the 1960s in the UK. The band became popular in the US during the British Invasion. Edge’s poetic songs and unique drumming helped catapult the band to success. The band released its last album, “December,” in 2003 but toured regularly after its release.
A year after touring at Glastonbury in 2015, Edge suffered a stroke. He was with the band when it was “inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018” and finally retired from touring in 2019. He was officially a member of the band until his recent death — the only original member still on the roster.
He is survived by his partner Rilla Fleming, two children, five grandchildren; and, of course, a massive musical legacy.
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