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From left, Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge of the Moody Blues. (Special to The Forum)

Singer says Moody Blues avoid labels

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John Lodge sang it best himself in the chorus of the Moody Blues' 1972 hit, "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)."

When he wrote it, he was probably referring to the power music has on people, not as a statement denying the categorization of his band.

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"I don't know how you can put a label on the Moody Blues," the group's 65-year-old singing bassist says from a resort in Temecula, Calif. "People have been trying to do that since 1966."

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