Ray Thomas was born on 29 December 1941, in Stourport-on-Severn, England. He is an English musician best known as the flutist and a composer in the rock band The Moody Blues. In the 1950's, Thomas joined the Birmingham Youth Choir. He began singing with various Birmingham blues and soul groups, including the Saints and Sinners as well as the Ramblers. Taking up the harmonica, he then started bands with keyboardist and future Moody Blues bandmate Mike Pinder.