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Moody Blues Co-Founder Mike Pinder Passes Away at 82

The music world is mourning the loss of Mike Pinder, a founding member and keyboardist of the legendary rock band The Moody Blues. Pinder passed away peacefully at his home in Northern California on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old.

Pinder, known for his childlike wonder and technological innovation, was the last surviving member of the Moody Blues' original lineup. He co-founded the band in 1964 and played a pivotal role in shaping their sound. Pinder's pioneering use of the Mellotron, an early forerunner to the sampler, created the band's signature orchestral textures that permeated classic hits like "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon."

Beyond his keyboard talents, Pinder was a credited songwriter on many Moody Blues tracks, often exploring themes of spirituality and science fiction. He is also remembered for his instrumental role in recruiting Justin Hayward, another cornerstone of the band's success.

Pinder left The Moody Blues in 1978 after the recording of their ninth album. However, his contributions to the band's legacy remain undeniable. In 2018, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside his fellow Moody Blues members.

"Mike's family would like to share with his trusted friends and caring fans that he passed peacefully," a statement from the family reads. "His final days were filled with music, encircled by the love of his family."

The music community has responded with an outpouring of tributes, remembering Pinder's warmth, creativity, and lasting impact on rock music.

Mike Pinder's legacy lives on in the timeless music of The Moody Blues. His influence on progressive rock and his innovative spirit will continue to inspire generations of musicians to come.