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Justin Hayward

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Swindon, England (1964 – present)

Justin Hayward (born David Justin Hayward, on 14 October 1946, in Swindon, England) is best known as the main singer, guitarist and composer with The Moody Blues.

Having played with local bands in the Swindon area since the age of 13, Hayward’s professional career began in 1964 when he joined Marty Wilde and his wife, Joyce, in the Wilde Three. While still only 17, and against Wilde’s advice, Hayward signed a publishing contract with the skiffle artist and record producer, Lonnie Donegan. This was a move that Hayward would go on to regret as it meant that the songwriter’s and composer’s rights to all the songs he wrote up until 1974 would forever be owned by Donegan’s Tyler Music.

Hayward joined the Moody Blues in late 1966, replacing the departing vocalist, Denny Laine. Bassist John Lodge replaced Clint Warwick at the same time.

The integration of Hayward and Lodge into the Moody Blues sparked greater commercial success and recognition for the band, transforming them from a mainly covers band into one of the biggest selling acts of all-time. Their album sales from 1978 to date (2006) are in excess of 60 million. The exact figures for the bands’ album sales from 1967 to 1978 have been contested in court as record company and accountants’ figures differ considerably.

The 1967 album “Days of Future Passed”, one of the first and most influential albums of its genre, spawned the Hayward-penned singles “Tuesday Afternoon” and the classic “Nights in White Satin” that went on to sell in excess of 2 million copies.

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  • justinmk

    I was named after Mr. Hayward

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    The legendary Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues tells us the stories behind "Question," "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," explains why he thinks the Blues were at their best in the 1980s, and reveals which cover of “Nights In White Satin” made him “burst into tears” (in a good way): http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/justin_hayward_of_the_moody_blues/

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • tparks9243

    Love It!

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Mod7Psyche

    A Great voice indeed. [2]

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • headgear56

    Simply the best.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • underfated

    cannot understand how this man is not in the rock and roll hall of fame. one of the best voices ever

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • aybesea69

    Wonderful voice and songwriting.

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • kato1984

    A Great voice indeed.

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    It's a shame "Nostradamus" should be placed higher in the top tracks list (number two would be about right, can't touch "forever autumn")

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • RoeieKlied

    My first love, and not just his music... ;-)

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Angelina56

    Just to say that I have the a virus or food poisoning, need to rest for another 24 hours, feel really grotty !!! Thats why I could not compose my shouts etc last night. Hope you understand. Having hot sweats, ooh !!! I still loves ya......XxXx .. You really do move mountains!!!! Will have a bath later. Trying to sleep now. Will be back tonight. ("Shak'in all over !!!!! ) All my love Angie. #~# K.

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • proudmary56

    Forgive me time,has beatrn me once again... I wish I could play Celtic Heart on repeat all night...... Godbless... Please look after yourselves.....until tomorrow.....

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Angelina56

    I have always loved this heart rendering song,made popular by Don McClean. Justins interpretation is also heart felt,and deeply moving."This world was never made for one as beautiful as you"......

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Muldwych

    Aside from all the brilliance Justin has brought to The Moody Blues, I would also like to mention 'Still Waters Run Deep' from Rick Wakeman's 'Return To The Centre Of The Earth' album and the theme to 'Star Cops' as examples of his brilliance. The 'Star Cops' theme seems to be much maligned, but I really like it myself.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Angelina56

    I will "Go Now"..... Heed my words, I need ro rest...... We are destroying each other.....I never wanted to really hurt you... I continue to.....dont I. Nobody, will make me feel the way you have... A broken woman.......One lonely single bed, one lonely room,one lonely Mother Earth........My God I needed you... I suppose I always will..J'taime...Moi......XXxx.}{.

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Angelina56

    Once upon a time I believed the dream, my voice, now I feel I really heard ..my time for the future,I believe, has now passed me by.... Thanks for the beautiful memories........You will be able to move on... My love remains rhe same..... I go weak...I feel weak.. Someone, like you,will hopefully be out there, one day, for me.....Angelina56. Mary, Quite Contrary, Angelina Ballerina....Karen...Angie.K.}{.XXXX~~~####.*****..*

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Angelina56

    I have blood on my hands........

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Angelina56

    Non I have had enough.......

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Angelina56

    Thanks for nothing, user, It,s a shame...the way.......!!!

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
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