Groove – Episode #88: John Lodge

John Lodge

Photo: John Lodge

John Lodge is bassist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. John has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums, along with a successful solo career.

John has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2019 was given a star in his hometown “Walk of Fame”. In 2018, John and the Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2019 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Prog Awards.

The Moody Blues have released 15 studio albums and countless compilations, and John has also released four solo albums. During the pandemic, John wrote “In These Crazy Times”. As he could not be with his band or engineers he decided to learn Garage Band, and then recorded the track in his home studio in Florida, performing vocals, acoustic, and bass guitar (he even used the software to record the keyboards and drums all by himself).

John is currently working on new material for a studio album, and looking forward to the release of his live album and singles. John will always be a Moody Blue, and never wants to stop.

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  1. Michael Dearing

    Mr. Lodge mentioned his first bass being a Dallas Tuxedo and being unable to find a photo of one. In Geddy Lee’s Bass Book there is a photo of John Paul Jones with one – maybe it’s similar to the one he had?