Real Name:
David Justin Hayward
Born: October 14, 1946

Justin Hayward is an English musician born on October 14, 1946 in Sweden, Wiltshire. He is best known as a guitarist, singer and composer in the rock band “The Moody Blues”.

Justin Hayward is currently working with “Moody Blues”.

Justin Hayward worked with the band “The Wilde Three” along with Marty Wilde and his wife, Joyce in 1965. He made several recordings with “The Wilde Three”. Hayward had written four songs which he felt ready to record on his own, which led to sign a publishing contract with the skiffle artist and record producer, Lonnie Donegan. All the songs written by Hayward before 1974 were owned by Donegan’s Tyler Music, he later regretted for making such a move and singing the contract.

Justin Hayward
Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward joined the band “Moody Blues” in 1966 by replacing guitarist Denny Laine. At the same time Bassist John Lodge replaced Clint Warwick. The band got greater commercial success and recognition after Hayward and Lodge’s integration into the Moody Blues.

Justin Hayward’s composition implemented in many of the songs of “Moody Blues”. The band released their second official album “Days of Future Passed” in 1967, which became one of the important symphonic rock albums in those days. His composition work continued with the singles “Nights in White Satin” in 1967 and “Tuesday Afternoon” in 1968. His other great hit songs include “Question”, “The Voice”, “Your Wildest Dreams”, “Voices in the Sky”, “Blue World”, “Diftwood” and “I know Your Out There Somewhere”. The album sales of the band are over 60 million from 1978 to the present.

Justin Hayward toured around the world with the “Moody Blues” and returned back from the touring in 1975. He recorded the “Blue Jays” which followed with the single “Blue Guitar” in 1975. Justin Hayward appeared on Jeff Wayne’s concept album “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds” in 1978 and created international solo success.

Justin Hayward composed and performed for television and film in 1980s, which include the theme song “It Won’t Be Easy” for the 1987 BBC2 Science fiction series “Star Cops”, “Eternal Woman” for She, “Something Evil, something Dangerous” for the movie “Howling 1V: The Original Nightmare” and the music for an animated television series “the Shoe People”. In 1986, he wrote many of the materials to the album “The Other Side of Life” for “Moody Blues”. His recent solo album was released in 1996, “The View From the Hill”.

Justin Hayward sang most of the Moody Blues songs on another orchestral album with the Frankfurt Rock Orchestra in 2003 and in April 2006 he took part in the stage tour of Jeff Wayne’s “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds”.

Some of his awards include: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for songwriting in 1974, “Ivor Novello Award” in 1988, “Golden Note” award for lifetime achievement by the American Society of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers in 2000 and “Gold Badge” for lifetime achievement by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 2004.

Some of his albums include:

  • Blue Jays (1975)
  • Songwriter (1977)
  • Night Flight (1980)
  • Moving Mountains (1985)
  • Classic Blue (1989) 
  • The View from the Hill (1996)
  • Live in San Juan Capistrano (1998)
  • Justin Hayward and Friends Sing the Moody Blues Classic Hits (2003)

Some of his compositions include:

“London is Behind Me”, “Day Must Come”, “I Can’t Face the World Without You” in 1966
”Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin” on “Days of Future Passed” in 1967
”Fly Me High”, “Leave This Man Alone”, “Cities”, “Long Summer Days”, “King and Queen” and “What Am I Doing Here?” in 1967
”Voices in the Sky”, “Visions of Paradise” and “The Actor” in 1968
”Lovely to See You”, “Never Comes the Day”, “Are You Sitting Comfortably?”, “Watching & Waiting” and “I Never Thought I’d Live to be a Hundred” in 1969
”Question”, “It’s Up to You” and “Dawning Is The Day” in 1970
”Procession”, “the Story In Your Eyes” and “You Can Never Go Home” in 1971
”You and Me” and “New Horizons” in 1972
”Island” and “The Dreamer” in 1973
”This Morning”, “Remember Me My Friend”, “My Brother”, “Night Winters Years” and “I Dreamed Last Night” in 1975