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. He released a few solo records but then in 1966 he joined the Moody Blues as guitarist/vocalist to replace the just departed Denny Laine.
For the first six months after Justin and bassist/vocalist John Lodge joined the group, they continued doing the R&B-based repertory that they'd been known for prior to his 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 song called Nights in White Satin, which sold two million copies on its own.
Although Justin proved he could also rock out, he quickly became established as the romantic/mystic of the band. Other Moody Blues singles written by Justin include Question, Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon), Voices In The Sky, Driftwood, The Voice, Blue World, December Snow, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, English Sunset, New Horizons and Your Wildest Dreams.
Justin’s career as a solo artist resumed in 1977 with the release of Songwriter, followed up in 1980 with Night Flight and Moving Mountains in 1985. In 1994 he released Classic Blue in which he sings Moody Blues songs with orchestral accompaniment.
He still tours and records with the Moody Blues, as well has working on solo projects. A song-poet and guitarist of great skill and unique sound, Justin remains one of the stars of the 1960s who retains a devoted international following well into the 21st Century.