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Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward (b. Swindon, October 14, 1946; full name David Justin Hayward) got his first guitar at age nine. In 1965, he joined pre-Beatles English rocker Marty Wilde as a member of his backing band, the Wilde Cats. By the end of 1965, Hayward had four songs that he felt ready to record on his own, which led him to former skiffle king-turned-producer Lonnie Donegan. It was Donegan's intention to record the songs himself, but Hayward insisted upon recording them, and Donegan duly agreed to serve as producer. Released by Pye Records on the last day of 1965, Hayward's solo recording debut "London Is Behind Me" vanished from sight without a trace. The follow-up, "I Can't Face the World Without You," was released by Parlophone on August 26, 1966, to similar results. It was at this same time that Hayward answered Eric Burdon's ad for a lead guitarist. But Burdon had already filled the spot, and offered the Moody Blues -- who were in the market for a new guitarist/singer to replace Denny Laine, who had quit earlier that year -- their pick of responses filling mail sacks in his office. Hayward's letter was picked out by Ray Thomas, and he was called by Mike Pinder. A meeting between the two, and a subsequent meeting with the band, brought Hayward into the Moody Blues lineup permanently.

For the first six months, the group continued doing the R&B-based repertory that they'd been known for prior to Hayward's arrival. Gradually, however, they began to work new songs into their stage act and their recording schedule, which took a big jump when the group was picked by Decca/London Records to participate in a stereo-demonstration record mixing rock and orchestral sounds. The resulting album, Days of Future Passed (1967), revived the band's fortunes, not least through the success of a Justin Hayward song called "Nights in White Satin." Although Hayward proved he could also rock out, he quickly became established as the romantic/mystic of the band, known not only for "Nights in White Satin" but songs such as "New Horizons" and "Your Wildest Dreams."

Hayward's career as a solo artist began in 1977 with the release of Songwriter, which displayed a somewhat leaner and more lively, acoustically textured sound than his work with the Moody Blues. He followed this up in 1980 with Night Flight, a major departure from his work with the group, with very much of a belated disco sound. During the next several years, Hayward devoted much of his attention to the revived Moody Blues, who had a full touring and recording schedule in front of them. His Moving Mountains (1985) was strongly reminiscent of his earlier work with the band from the start of the 1970s. Since then, when he is not working with the band and writing new material (his "Your Wildest Dreams" reached number nine in America in 1986), Hayward seems to devote his time to reviving older Moody Blues songs in solo settings, as on the 1994 release Classic Blue in which he sings Moody Blues songs with orchestral accompaniment. A guitarist of great skill and a unique sound, Hayward remained one of the few stars of the 1960s who retained a devoted international following into the 1990s, though most critics -- as with the Moody Blues -- had ceased to consider him a serious contemporary artist. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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I have been to many concerts, but I must say that the 3/21/14 Moody Blues concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta was my absolute favorite of any! I was able to go up to the front and drool over Justin and John! I know Justin looked at me as I was yelling my head off and dancing like a fool! It truly WAS my wildest dream FULFILLED! I'm STILL on a cloud!!! Justin Hayward is all that and MORE!!! Damn, he's fine, too! :)
nwkawa
what a slime lonnie donegan….the r e is karma and I know justen hayward has great karma…..some things you just know
liselmd
Just saw a solo performance. With and without the band Justin Hayward is still mesmerizing.
The bio is correct as it refers to solo work; working with John Lodge on Blue Jays was NOT solo work.
vlholden
Love, love, love this album. I remember when it came out around 1975 and could not wait to get it in my hands and play it! I crushed mostly on Justin Hayward. I remember naming my roommate's cat Justin after him!
You know, that Blue Jays CD contains some of JH and JL's very best work. That still to this day remains one of my favourite of their records.
Some info in Bio incorrect. Haywards debut away from MB's was with John Lodge as Bluejays circa 1975
Looks like a few of us had the same idea : ) ...we named our 1st son Justin in large part because of Justin Hayward. Agape ShalOM
breathedeeee p
Lonnie Donegan was quite the creep, signing a very young 17 year old Justin Hayward to a terrible contract, about which Justin states, he really should have known better... and refers to him in many conversation s as one of those terrible producers. The contract took ownership to the rights to Hayward's songs for the next eight years, and as a result, neither Hayward or his family will ever own the rights to most of the early hits he wrote, such as Nights in White Satin, Question and scores of o
breathedeeee p
Classic Blue was Hayward and Mike Batt reworking classic rock songs NOT his own but by other artists, such as MacArthur's Park, Vincent and Stairway to Heaven, backed by an orchestra. Unlike more serious contemporary artists, Hayward and the Moody Blues are still playing a heavy schedule to packed houses around the world, while most others are nowhere to be found! Love those critics! Go to a Moody Blues concert...re a d this year's reviews, and THEN write about them. Geez.
Why are Justin Hayward and the rest of The moody blues not in the hall of fame?
should be in rock and roll hall of fame. what a dis
maui7boy
Nice treatment of a great song., probably Mclean's best...Cheer s to all the Moody Blues fans out there.
nreid181111
Awesome singer and band.
ah, sweet memories~ takes me to a happy place~ a different time~ we all had lots more hair~
Definitely under-rated and over-looked!
jbonacuro
Have to agree, good as ever.
still as good as ever,absolut e l y brilliant
mtarziers
Still rockin and teh voice is still haunting..
one of the few singers that just don't sing a song they make you feel the song with that voice of his.
I named my kid after this guy because I loved his songwriting and singing
mike57595
FANTASTIC GUITARIST WITH A GREAT VOICE
I Still Love him the best!!
veekadee
A most fantastic voice! Please do play View from a Hill - and also Forever Autumn.
what an artist !!! what a guy!!!!!
Please I have to ask you to please include oone JustinHaywar d ' s finest
albums and that is The Veiw From The Hill this album alone is the best Justin Has recorded
We named our son after him.
mtarziers
I ahve adored justin since they first appeared on the scene. How is he not a member of the OBE???
cpgreaves
I Love Justin Hayward. Can you play songs from his "View From the Hill" album, such as 'Broken Dream'?
Actually he's "just a singer in a rock and roll band."
efusco01
How is Justin (and rest of the Moody's) NOT in Rock Hall of fame!
jlverhey
He's just a songwriter, songwriter. Glorious.
Justin Hayward has to be one of the most prolific writers and most awesome singers of his era. He is definetly the heart of the Moody Blues. Imagine picking his name out of a sack of mail?
artemisvoice
My most favorite artist - please play more of his and the Moody's songs - and - THANK YOU - I am thoroughly enjoying Pandora. Take Care!!
estricko
One of the five best male vocalists in rock and roll, IMHO.
Justin is one of those rare songwriter and singer AND guitar player who reaches me in the deepest places.
Love him.
Having seen Mr. hayward many times with his group The Moody Blues, as well during his wonderful solo tour in '98, I would say I am a very devoted fan. He is wonderful!
utterly brilliant with the most recognisable voice in music today. Great musician, songwriter and a gentleman!

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