Friday, October 14, 2011

The Moody Blues--Nights in White Satin (1967/1972)

     "Nights in White Satin" was written by Justin Hayward at the age of 19. The song was developed after a friend gave Hayward a gift of satin sheets. It was on the Moodies second album, "Days of Future Passed) and made the top 20 in Britain in 1967. It was not released as a single in the US until 1972 and reached #2 here. The hit version was heavily edited, but for me the only one to bother with is the album version....which you can hear below.

     The spoken word poem at the end of the song was written by Graeme Edge and read by keyboardist Mike Pinder. The last five lines also appear at the end of "The Day Begins" which is the first track on the "Days" album, which reached top 5 in the states.


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