Writer: John Lodge
Producer: Tony Clarke
Recorded: Early 1968 in England
Released: Summer 1968
|Players:||Justin Hayward — guitar, vocals
John Lodge — bass, vocals
Mike Pinder — keyboards, vocals
Ray Thomas — percussion, vocals
Graeme Edge — drums
|Album:||In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deram, 1968)|
The Moody Blues formed in 1964 in England, with Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, Clint Warwick, and future Wings member Denny Laine.
Warwick left in 1966 and was replaced by Rod Clarke.
In October 1966, the group split up, but Pinder, Thomas, and Edge quickly decided to continue on, and they brought in Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
Hayward remembered “Ride My See-Saw” coming out of a studio jam while the band was recording the In Search Of A Lost Chord album: “My memory of it was like a jam session in the studio. We kinda got stuck with it, but it was a great. We had Graeme doing that di-da-da, di-da-da on the snare drum — that’s how it started –and the guitar riff. But we had no song, and then John came back with some lyrics and the bones of the song. We recorded that sometime after we’d recorded the backing track.”
“Ride My See-Saw” peaked at Number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at Number 42 in the U.K.
The B-side of the U.K. version of the single was called “A Simple Game,” which became a Number Three hit there for the Four Tops in a version also produced by Moodys producer Tony Clarke.
Ironically, the song faced competition as a single from “Tuesday Afternoon,” a Top 30 hit that was released in the summer of 1968 from the Moodys’ previous album, Days Of Future Passed.
Hayward said incessant FM rock radio play for “See-Saw” was crucial to the band. “It was a song that carried us along in America. Together with ‘Voices In The Sky,’ we started having real radio hits.”
In Search Of The Lost Chord peaked at Number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart and at Number Five in the U.K.