The Moody Blues formed in May 1964. Their first gigs were sponsored by Birmingham's M&B brewery and, consequently, the band briefly took the name the MB5, changing it soon after to the Moody Blues. The band originally featured Denny Laine
as lead singer and Clint Warwick
on bass guitar, Ray Thomas
on Flute, and Graeme Edge
on drums. Mike Pinder was the original keyboardist.Go Now
made No. 1 in January 1965. However, their subsequent release failed to match this success and Laine and Warwick left the band.