Moody Blues/Mike Pinder


Hi Tracy, Why did Mike Pinder leave the group and where did he end up going and did he continue to write songs?

Hi Michael,

Mike left the group in 1978, not long after "Octave" was completed.  Though I'm unsure on the timing, Mike started consulting work with Atari (the computer game company) working primarily on music synthisis.

In 1994, Mike released "Among the Stars", his second solo album and the first on his One Step records label.  In 1995, Mike released the first of his spoken word albums, "A Planet With One Mind", followed by "A People With One Heart" in 1996.

Mike continues to work pretty regularly, both as a solo artist and on collaborations with others, including his sons' project, The Pinder Brothers Band.

You can find out more about Mike here:

I hope that answers your questions, Michael, and thanks for using!


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Tracy Zimmermann


I’m pretty confident that I can answer just about any question about the band or their music you may have. I’ve been a fan since 1972 and have followed their careers (collectively and as solo artists,) closely ever since. In addition, I've amassed a vast database on all things Moody - from "completest" discographies for the band and all of their solo projects, to extensive bibliographies, videographies, posterfiles, etc. I have an extensive collection of memorabilia; both group and related solo projects. My collection includes vinyl, CDs, tapes (cassette, 8-track, and reel,) posters, shirts, sheet music and songbooks, back stage passes, magazines, books and other publications, equipment, and video. If I don’t know it, I know where to find it. All you have to do is ask!


I’ve been a fan of the band since 1972. I was a contributing editor to "Higher and Higher", the Moody Blues Magazine 1994, to the magazine’s untimely demise in 2007, writing the Videography Department.

As noted previously, much of my writing has appeared in “Higher and Higher” since 1994, but I also wrote a piece that appeared in issue #1 of Mike Pinder’s newsletter “Have You Heard”.

Though I haven’t yet finished, my educational focus is on a Journalism degree.

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I've also had the good fortune to have traveled to England to catch the end of the Band's Spring 2000 concert tour; a trip I've always wanted to take. I’ve supplied research information on the band to a number of sources, including the July 5, 2004 English Quiz Show “Mastermind” which featured a contestant whose expertise was also the Moody Blues. I also participated in the UK Channel 4 presentation of the “Top Ten” program's episode on Progressive Rock, that featured the Moody Blues at #3 on their list. That program aired on March 3, 2001.

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