Sunday, October 18, 2015

40 Year Itch: Happiness Is Lazy

Justin Hayward and John Lodge: Blue Guitar

   During the Moody Blues' five year hiatus, lead singer Justin Hayward and bass player John Lodge scored a UK #8 hit with "Blue Guitar", a song featuring members of 10cc as both musicians and producers. 
    It was actually recorded years earlier when Hayward was visiting his friend Eric Stewart whom he had known since Stewart's days in the Mindbenders. Stewart said there was an open date at the 10cc-owned Strawberry Studios, Hayward had a song, and so they recorded "Blue Guitar" which, with some sweetening strings and bass lines from Lodge,  entered the UK charts in October of 1975.
   Hayward and Stewart remained friends. It was on a vacation to Jamaica together that they faced a scary incident that would inspire 10cc's "Dreadlock Holiday".

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