Clint Warwick

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Clint Warwick
Clint Warwick.jpg
Clint Warwick in 1965
Background information
Birth name Albert Eccles
Born (1940-06-25)25 June 1940
Aston, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Died 15 May 2004(2004-05-15) (aged 63)
Birmingham, England
United Kingdom
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1964–1966
Labels Decca
Associated acts The Moody Blues

Clint Warwick (25 June 1940 – 15 May 2004),[1] born Albert Eccles, was the original bassist for Erdington rock band, The Moody Blues.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Warwick was born in Aston, Birmingham, England.

The Moody Blues released one album with Warwick on bass, Go Now - The Moody Blues #1 (USA release on London Records) a.k.a. The Magnificent Moodies on Decca in the UK, with sleeve notes by Donovan.[3] The album yielded the hit single, "Go Now", which reached No. 1 in the UK in January 1965, and the Top Ten in the U.S..[1] Warwick took one co-lead vocal on that album with Denny Laine on the track; "I've Got A Dream" (which featured Ray Thomas on flute). The closing track "'Bye Bye Bird" was issued as an overseas single becoming a hit in France.

Warwick was also on the EP The Moody Blues issued on Decca in 1964, and appeared on all their Decca singles, beginning with their debut; "Steal Your Heart Away" (1964), then after "Go Now", "I Don't Want to Go On Without You", "Everyday", "From The Bottom Of My Heart (I Love You)" (all 1965), plus "Boulevard De La Madeline" (1966) up to "Life's Not Life" in 1966.[1]

Warwick's and Laine's era with the Moody Blues was featured on various compilation albums on both vinyl and CD such as; The Moody Blues Collection. A later CD issue of The Magnificent Moodies in 2006 included the rare track "People Gotta Give" (mistitled as "People Gotta Go") - a Pinder-Laine composition from the Boulevard De La Madeline French EP release.

Film footage of the original era of The Moody Blues performing "Go Now" on BBC TV's The Beat Room (later included in BBC's Sounds of The Sixties) plus first single's B-side "Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)" on Ready Steady Go! in August 1964[1] with Warwick and Laine in the line-up survives, and has been re-screened in recent years.

Warwick left the band and his music career in 1966, feeling the strain of endless touring, to become a carpenter and spend time with his family.[1][3] He was replaced briefly by Rod Clark and then by John Lodge, who is still with the band.

Death[edit]

He died in Birmingham of liver disease in 2004, at the age of 63.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Clint Warwick - Obituaries - News". The Independent. 2004-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2004 January To June". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "The Moody Blues - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-29.