I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)

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"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"
Single by The Moody Blues
from the album Seventh Sojourn
B-side "For My Lady"
Released 19 January 1973
Recorded 3 August 1972
Genre Rock, Progressive rock
Length 4:18
Label Threshold Records
Writer(s) John Lodge
Producer(s) Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues singles chronology
"Isn't Life Strange"
(1972)
"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"
(1973)
"Steppin' in a Slide Zone"
(1978)
Seventh Sojourn track listing
Side one
  1. "Lost in a Lost World"
  2. "New Horizons"
  3. "For My Lady"
  4. "Isn't Life Strange"
Side two
  1. "You and Me"
  2. "The Land of Make-Believe"
  3. "When You're a Free Man"
  4. "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"

"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" is a hit 1973 single by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was first released in 1972 as the final track on the album Seventh Sojourn. "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" was later released as a single in 1973, with "For My Lady" on the B-side. It was the second single released from Seventh Sojourn, with the first being "Isn't Life Strange" (also written by Lodge).

"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" was written by the Moody Blues' bassist John Lodge, who won an ASCAP songwriting award for it. It is one of John Lodge's signature high-energy rock and roll songs, and is one of his best-known compositions for the Moody Blues, along with "Ride My See-Saw."

"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" was the final single by The Moody Blues to feature the use of the Chamberlin (which had recently replaced the similar instrument, the Mellotron). The Chamberlin would later be replaced by a more modern keyboard synthesizer.

A promotional music-video was filmed for "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)". This video showed The Moody Blues' flautist Ray Thomas playing a Baritone Saxophone. However, the saxophone was used just for effect in the video. The saxophone sound actually comes from the Chamberlin.

"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., becoming one of their highest-charting hits in that country, but fared less well in their native UK, where it managed #36. It was also the final single released by the Moody Blues prior to their five year hiatus, which was agreed upon so each of the band members could pursue their own solo careers. Their next single would not be until 1978, with "Steppin' in a Slide Zone."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 36
Billboard Hot 100 12

Personnel[edit]

Derivative works[edit]

  • "I'm Just a Singer in a Holiday Inn", a Bob Rivers parody of this tune, appears on his 1997 album "The Best of Twisted Tunes, Vol. 2".[1]

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