Moody Blues‘ bassist and singer revealed John Lodge in an exclusive interview with Rock and Roll Garage some of his favorite songs and albums of all time. Also explaining in a few words why he chose them. The bassist and singer that is the songwriter of mega Moody Blues hits like “Ride My See Saw,” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band) also revealed some of his favorite songs of the band and of his solo career.
Moody Blues’ John Lodge reveals his favorite songs of all time:
Buddy Holly & The Crickets “That’ll be the Day”
“This is the record that inspired me to become a musician/songwriter,” John Lodge said.
Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin Going On”
“The greatest Rock N’ Roll intro on a Piano.”
Little Richard “‘Lucille”
“The greatest shuffle riff ever recorded,” John Lodge said.
Gene Vincent “Be Bop A Lula”
“An iconic song by an iconic singer and the Cliff Gallup guitar solo that every young musician tried to play.”
Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill”
“New Orleans, this was the song that brought (and still does) a smile to my face..”
John Lodge’s favorite Moody Blues and solo career songs of all time:
“I’m Just a Singer in a Rock n Roll band”
“Because that is who I am.”
“Nights in White Satin”
“When we recorded this song I realised we were going on a journey.”
“Isn’t Life Strange”
“Because it is,” John Lodge said.
“Legend of a Mind”
“This was Part of an era in the time called ‘flower power‘.”
“In These Crazy Times”
“My new single, because we are going through the biggest change that history will record in the last 7 decades,” John Lodge said.
John Lodge’s favorite albums of all time
Buddy Holly “Chirping Crickets”
John Lennon “Imagine”
“So many beautiful songs.”
Bob Dylan “‘Nashville Skyline”
“The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival.”
Pink Floyd “Dark side of the Moon”
“The Gilmour Guitar.”
George Harrison “All Things Must Pass”
“A breath of Fresh air”.
John was born 20 July 1945. He attended school at Birches Green Junior School, Central Grammar School and later went to college at the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology for engineering. By age 14, Lodge had met future bandmate Ray Thomas.
He has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades. Selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet”. Also has been the recipient of many awards. Including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). Besides an Ivor Novello Award, to name just a few.
In 2018, Lodge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues.