Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Justin Hayward

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = David Justin Hayward
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Origin = Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Instrument = Guitar, Vocals
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Occupation = Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years_active = 1965 - present
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Associated_acts = The Moody Blues
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David Justin Hayward (born 14 October 1946, in Swindon, Wiltshire) is an English musician, best known as a singer, guitarist and composer in the rock band, The Moody Blues.

Hayward attended The Commonweal School, in Swindon, Wiltshire [http://www.commonwealarts.co.uk/20052006pages/patronjustin.htm] .


In 1965, Hayward worked with Marty Wilde and his wife in The Wilde Three. Aged 17, he signed a publishing contract with the skiffle artist and record producer, Lonnie Donegan - a move that Hayward later regretted as it meant that the rights to all his songs written before 1974 would always be owned by Donegan's Tyler Music.

The Moody Blues

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

Hayward and Lodge's integration into the Moody Blues sparked greater commercial success and recognition for the band, transforming them into one of the biggest-selling acts.

The 1967 album "Days of Future Passed", one of the first and most influential symphonic rock albums, spawned the Hayward-penned singles "Tuesday Afternoon" and the classic "Nights in White Satin". The latter record went on to sell over two million copies.

Hayward also wrote the band's UK number two hit, "Question", as well as most of the group's other singles, including "Voices in the Sky", "Driftwood", "The Voice", "Blue World" "Your Wildest Dreams", "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", "English Sunset" and "December Snow".

Their album sales from 1978 to the present are over 60 million. This is the regularly quoted total of their album sales as the total sales of their albums prior to 1978 is disputed due to erroneous record company data.

1974 onwards

In 1974, the Moody Blues decided to take what ended up being a four-year break from performing and recording. Hayward, however, continued working with John Lodge, using musicians and producers from the Moody Blues label, Threshold, and sounding very much like the mother group. Together, they had a hit in 1975 with "Blue Guitar" (which actually was a Hayward recording with the band, 10cc ) and released an album entitled "Blue Jays". Hayward has also written four prominent songs with Moodies' flautist, Ray Thomas.

Hayward found international solo success in 1978 when he appeared on the "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds" concept album, which yielded his hits "Forever Autumn" and "The Eve of the War". Wayne later contributed to Hayward's 1980 album "Night Flight".

During the 1980s, Hayward composed and performed for film and television, including the theme song "It Won't Be Easy" for the 1987 BBC2 science fiction series "Star Cops", "Something Evil, Something Dangerous" for the film "", "Eternal Woman" for "She" and music for "The Shoe People".

In 1989, with producer-arranger Mike Batt, Hayward released "Classic Blue", an album of pop standards written by other composers, set to orchestration and arranged by Batt. "Classic Blue" also included a cover version of Led Zeppelin's hit song "Stairway to Heaven." His most recent solo album, "The View From The Hill", was released in 1996, and a live recording, "Live in San Juan Capistrano" followed in 1998.

Hayward contributed vocals to a song on Rick Wakeman's 1999 album, "Return to the Centre of the Earth".

In 2003 he sang most of the songs on another orchestral album, consisting of Moody Blues songs with the Frankfurt Rock Orchestra, "Justin Hayward and Friends Perform the Hits of the Moody Blues" (alternatively titled "Sing The Moody Blues Classic Hits"). Hayward, however, was later involved in a legal dispute, now resolved, as he was not being paid for his participation on the album.

In April 2006, Hayward took part in the stage tour of "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds", reprised his role in Autumn 2007 in Australia and in the UK in December 2007, and will do so again in the UK in June 2009.

In a recent BBC World Service interview, Hayward and John Lodge made it clear they have no plans to stop working and regard it as "a privilege" to still be working in the music industry.


For the most part, Hayward has used a red Gibson ES-335 ("main axe"), though he also uses other guitars in both performing and recording, including a 1955 Martin D-28 "Dreadnought", a James Olssen, Black Guild acoustic, (mock) Squier Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, a blonde Guild open-tuned 12-string acoustic (for "Question"), and in 1967 a black Les Paul. Between 1965 and 1968 he was without his Gibson 335 and relied on other instruments. He has a pronounced dislike for Ovation guitars.


Hayward was awarded the first of numerous ASCAP awards for songwriting in 1974. In 1985, the Moody Blues picked up the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and in 1988 Hayward received the Ivor Novello Award, among other honours, for Composer of the Year (for "I Know You're Out There Somewhere"). In 2000, he was one of only a handful of British artists to receive the "Golden Note" award for lifetime achievement by the American Society of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers. In 2004, Hayward was awarded the "Gold Badge" for lifetime achievement by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.


*1966 ~ "London Is Behind Me" (45 RPM Debut Single)
*1966 ~ "Day Must Come" (45 RPM Single)
*1966 ~ "I Can't Face the World Without You" (45 RPM Single)
*1966 ~ "I'll Be Here Tomorrow" (45 RPM Single)

*1967 ~ "Tuesday Afternoon" on "Days of Future Passed"
*1967 ~ "Nights in White Satin" on "Days of Future Passed"

*1967 ~ "Fly Me High" (45 RPM Single)
*1967 ~ "Leave This Man Alone" (45 RPM Single)
*1967 ~ "Cities" (45 RPM Single)
*1967 ~ "Long Summer Days" (Released 1977)
*1967 ~ "King and Queen" (Released 1977)
*1967 ~ "What Am I Doing Here?" (Released 1977)

*1968 ~ "Voices in the Sky" on "In Search of the Lost Chord"
*1968 ~ "Visions of Paradise" (with Ray Thomas) on "In Search of the Lost Chord"
*1968 ~ "The Actor" on "In Search of the Lost Chord"

*1969 ~ "Lovely to See You" on "On the Threshold of a Dream"
*1969 ~ "Never Comes the Day" on "On the Threshold of a Dream"
*1969 ~ "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" (with Ray Thomas) on "On the Threshold of a Dream"

*1969 ~ "Gypsy" on "To Our Children's Children's Children"
*1969 ~ "Watching & Waiting" (with Ray Thomas) on "To Our Children's Children's Children"
*1969 ~ "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred" on "To Our Children's Children's Children"

*1970 ~ "Question" on "A Question of Balance"
*1970 ~ "It's Up to You" on "A Question of Balance"
*1970 ~ "Dawning Is The Day" on "A Question of Balance"

*1971 ~ "Procession" (with Thomas, Lodge, Edge and Pinder) on "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"
*1971 ~ "The Story In Your Eyes" on "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"
*1971 ~ "You Can Never Go Home" on "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"

*1972 ~ "You and Me" (with Graeme Edge) on "Seventh Sojourn"
*1972 ~ "New Horizons" on "Seventh Sojourn"
*1972 ~ "The Land of Make Believe" on "Seventh Sojourn"
*1973 ~ "Island" on "Seventh Sojourn" (Digitally Remastered 5.1 Edition)
*1973 ~ "The Dreamer" (with Ray Thomas) on "Seventh Sojourn" (Digitally Remastered 5.1 edition)
*1975 ~ "This Morning" on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "Remember Me My Friend" (with John Lodge) on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "My Brother" (with John Lodge) on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "Nights Winters Years" on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "I Dreamed Last Night" on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "Who Are You Now" on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "When You Wake Up" (with John Lodge) on "Blue Jays"
*1975 ~ "Blue Guitar" on "Blue Jays" (CD Reissue)
*1977 ~ "Tightrope" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Songwriter" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Country Girl" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "One Lonely Room" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Lay It on Me" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Stage Door" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Raised on Love" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Doin' Time" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Nostradamus" on "Songwriter"
*1977 ~ "Marie" on "Songwriter" (CD Reissue)
*1977 ~ "Heart of Steel" on "Songwriter" (2nd CD Reissue)
*1977 ~ "Wrong Time Right Place" on "Songwriter" (2nd CD Reissue)
*1978 ~ "Had to Fall in Love" on "Octave"
*1978 ~ "The Day We Meet Again" on "Octave"
*1978 ~ "Driftwood" on "Octave"
*1978 ~ "Top Rank Suite" on "Octave"
*1980 ~ "Crazy Lovers" on "Night Flight"
*1980 ~ "Nearer to You" on "Night Flight"
*1980 ~ "A Face in the Crowd" on 'Night Flight"
*1980 ~ "Suitcase" on "Night Flight"
*1981 ~ "The Voice" on "Long Distance Voyager"
*1981 ~ "Gemini Dream" (with John Lodge) on "Long Distance Voyager"
*1981 ~ "In My World" on "Long Distance Voyager"
*1981 ~ "Meanwhile" on "Long Distance Voyager"
*1983 ~ "Blue World" on "The Present"
*1983 ~ "Meet Me Halfway" (with John Lodge) on "The Present"
*1983 ~ "It's Cold Outside of Your Heart" on "The Present"
*1983 ~ "Running Water" on "The Present"
*1983 ~ "Eternal Woman" (from the film "She")
*1985 ~ "One Again" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Take Your Chances" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Is it Just a Game?" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Moving Mountains" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Silverbird" (with Jeff Wayne) on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Who Knows?" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Goodbye" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "Lost and Found" on "Moving Mountains"
*1985 ~ "The Lights are Low" on "Moving Mountains" (CD Reissue)
*1986 ~ "Your Wildest Dreams" on "The Other Side of Life"
*1986 ~ "Talkin' Talkin'" (with John Lodge) on "The Other Side of Life"
*1986 ~ "I Just Don't Care" on "The Other Side of Life"
*1986 ~ "Runnin' Out of Love" (with John Lodge) on "The Other Side of Life"
*1986 ~ "The Other Side of Life" on "The Other Side of Life"
*1986 ~ "Slings and Arrows" (with John Lodge) on "The Other Side of Life"
*1987 ~ "It Won't Be Easy" (with Tony Visconti) (Theme from the show "Star Cops")
*1988 ~ "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "Want to Be With You" (with John Lodge) on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "The River of Endless Love" (with John Lodge) on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "No More Lies" on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "Vintage Wine" on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "Breaking Point" (with John Lodge) on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "Miracle" (with John Lodge) on "Sur La Mer"
*1988 ~ "Deep" on "Sur La Mer"
*1989 ~ "Shoe People" (from the children's television show of the same name)
*1989 ~ "The Angels Cry", performed by Agnetha Fältskog and Annie Haslam, separately
*1989 ~ "Something Evil, Something Dangerous" (from the film "The Howling IV")
*1991 ~ "Say It With Love" on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Bless The Wings" on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Is This Heaven?" (with John Lodge) on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Say What You Mean" (Parts I & II) on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Hope and Pray" on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Once Is Enough" (with John Lodge) on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1991 ~ "Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain" (with Ray Thomas) on "Keys of the Kingdom"
*1996 ~ "I Heard It" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Broken Dream" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "It's Not Too Late" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "The Way of the World" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Sometimes Less is More" (with Dennis Lambert) on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Troubadour" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Shame" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Billy" on "The View from the Hill"
*1996 ~ "Children of Paradise" on "The View from the Hill"
*1999 ~ "English Sunset" on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "Haunted" on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "Sooner or Later" (with John Lodge) on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "Foolish Love" on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "All That is Real is You" on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "Strange Times" (with John Lodge) on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "The One" (with John Lodge) on "Strange Times"
*1999 ~ "The Swallow" on "Strange Times"
*2001 ~ "Water" (with John Lodge) on "Journey Into Amazing Caves"
*2001 ~ "We Can Fly" (with John Lodge) on "Journey Into Amazing Caves"
*2003 ~ "Don't Need A Reindeer" on "December"
*2003 ~ "December Snow" on "December"
*2003 ~ "In The Quiet of Christmas Morning" (lyrics only, with John Lodge) on "December"
*2003 ~ "Yes, I Believe" on "December"

olo discography

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

External links

* [http://www.justinhayward.com/home.php3 Justin Hayward official site]
* [http://www.vintagerock.com/jhayward_interview.aspx 2005 Justin Hayward Interview]
*imdb name|id=0371762|name=Justin Hayward
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3z0qoa9abijp~T1 Justin Hayward biography at the AMG website]
* [http://www.themoodyblues.co.uk Tony Brown's Moody Blues Gallery]

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