Enjoying fifty years at the peak of the music industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is a talent that has helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed.
The Moody Blues has achieved a lasting place in music history with its 2018 induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Over the last 45 years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers.
Justin Hayward’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings. “It opened a world of imagination to me,” says Hayward. Having taught himself to play the ukulele, he soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups. After leaving school at 17 he got a job with Marty Wilde who encouraged him to become a songwriter.
With a couple of solo singles to his credit, he joined the Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High,” he followed it up with the classic hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past.