LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Musicians Justin Hayward (L) and John Lodge of the Moody Blues perform at the Nokia Theatre on November 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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The Moody Blues: “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)”

The Hook: Moody Blues bassist has an epiphany.

Album: Seventh Sojourn

Year: 1972

Writer: John Lodge

Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background:
Moody Blues singer-bassist John Lodge says “I’m Just a Singer (In a Roll and Roll Band),” which closes the band’s 1972 concept album, The Seventh Sojourn, came to him as a result of a realization he had while writing for the record.

Moody Blues singer-bassist John Lodge on writing “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).” OC:…that statement. :29

“The Seventh Sojourn album was loosely based on Pilgrim’s Progress and Canterbury Tales, about people who were journeying down to Canterbury and of an evening they’d sit down and tell stories about what had happened to them. I started to say what had happened to me, really, in the last 10 years and I suddenly realized at the end of it all that it doesn’t really matter what I’ve done or what had happened, I was just a singer in a rock and roll band. And what anyone had ever said or bestowed upon any of us, we were all just singers in rock and roll bands, and I wanted to make that statement.”