Janet Jackson lifts Satie. Elvis sings Martini. The Stones raided the Renaissance. And let’s not even get started with the Beatles, who regularly tapped the classical music well.
Many songs by the Beatles, Elton John, and the Moody Blues would’ve been much different without the deft hand of a skilled arranger. Even the Ramones utilized some strings. But exactly when did “strings” become a “thing” in rock?
“What were they thinking?” John Lodge of the Moody Blues shares the backstory on one of the most creative albums ever.