Justin Hayward was born on 14th October 1946 in the house next door to his grandfather's in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire. He was educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire, and Commonweal Grammar School, Swindon, where he gained five 'O'-Level passes.
From the age of 5 he enjoyed singing and inherited his grandfather's collection of 78s when he was 6, which opened up the magical world of music to him. He had a few piano lessons at 7, learned to play the ukulele at 9 and with help from his parents and hire purchase, Justin had achieved his ambition of owning a guitar by the age of 10.
Whilst still at school, Justin played in youth clubs and in back rooms of pubs around Swindon, starting in the late '50s with his group The Woodpeckers, then with The Satellites, The Rebels Rock Group, The Off-Beats, The Whispers and All Things Bright.
In 1965 Justin answered an advertisement in "The Melody Maker" and found himself one-third of The Wilde Three with Marty Wilde and his wife Joyce, appearing on stage at the London Palladium in April of that year. He recorded two singles with The Wilde Three - JUST AS LONG/SINCE YOU'VE GONE and I CRIED/WELL WHO'S THAT - before branching out on his own and recording two solo singles in 1965/1966 - LONDON IS BEHIND ME/DAY MUST COME and I CAN'T FACE THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU/I'LL BE HERE TOMORROW. To this day, he credits Marty Wilde as having encouraged him to always write and sing his own material. Soon after the release of his solo singles, Justin answered another Melody Maker advertisement which led, in the Summer of 1966, to his letter and songs being passed on to Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues by Eric Burdon of The Animals, so beginning a famous and acclaimed 40-year career with the group, which started with the recording of Justin’s FLY ME HIGH as a Moody Blues single which was followed within a year by the release of his song NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN.
In 1974, after the Moodies took a break from touring and recording, Justin got together with fellow Moody Blue John Lodge and Moodies producer Tony Clarke in the making of the album BLUE JAYS and in 1975 they toured extensively in the UK. Justin’s composition BLUE GUITAR, recorded with 10cc, was released under the Blue Jays banner and reached the top ten. In the same year he worked with other artists on the album FLASH FEARLESS -v- THE ZORG WOMAN (PARTS 5 AND 6).
1977 saw the release of Justin's first solo album SONGWRITER, from which were taken three singles ONE LONELY ROOM/SONGWRITER (PART 2), COUNTRY GIRL/DOIN' TIME and STAGE DOOR/LAY IT ON ME.
This was closely followed by his involvement with Jeff Wayne in the WAR OF THE WORLDS project, which brought Justin a world-wide hit single in 1978 with FOREVER AUTUMN. In that year he also found time to work with the Mandalaband and contribute to their album EYE OF WENDOR: PROPHECIES and in 1979 released a non-album single MARIE/HEART OF STEEL. This was the year Justin received the ASCAP award for NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN which had achieved chart status on three different occasions during the previous ten years on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the same year, the Moodies regrouped for their album OCTAVE and between that and their next album, LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER in 1981, Justin released his second solo album NIGHT FLIGHT produced by Jeff Wayne, which was a mixture of his own songs and those of other writers. Two singles were released from this album - NIGHT FLIGHT/SUITCASE and NEARER TO YOU/IT'S NOT ON.
Whilst continuing to busily tour and record with the Moodies, Justin still found time to record with other artists and in 1980 released a single with Marti Webb called UNEXPECTED SONG. In 1985 his third solo album MOVING MOUNTAINS was released, which contained the singles SILVERBIRD/TAKE YOUR CHANCES and THE BEST IS YET TO COME/MARIE.
In 1989 Justin released the orchestral album CLASSIC BLUE, this time collaborating with Mike Batt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to record his own interpretations of well-loved songs and from that album was taken the single TRACKS OF MY TEARS/RAILWAY HOTEL.
On 15th October 1996, Justin's fifth solo album THE VIEW FROM THE HILL was released. Recorded in Italy, the album comprises seven self-penned racks, together with collaborations with Dennis Lambert and Mickey Feat, and two songs written by Phil Palmer and Moody Blues keyboard player Paul Bliss. Justin happily describes the abum thus: "To make beautiful music, in a beautiful place, with your best friends, is every musician's dream - We did it! This album is a celebration of musical brotherhood and joy as I have never experienced it before."
In March 1997 Justin was honoured with the ultimate accolade when he was the chosen subject for "This Is Your Life"; an overdue recognition for a lifetime's work.
In 2001 Justin was given the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP, and in 2002 he recorded “On The Road” as part of Alan Simon’s “Gaia” project (The Charter for Environmental Planetary Urgency) which premiered on stage with Justin, Billy Preston, Jeremy Spencer and Heather Small at Midem in 2003.
In 2004, between Moodies’ tours, Justin again performed as part of the “Gaia” group for “Art On Ice” in Zurich.
In 2006/7 and 8 he has enjoyed great success with his part in” Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds” live stage show in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
As well as being vocalist and lead guitarist for The Moody Blues and pursuing a successful solo career, Justin also enjoys the challenge of working with other artists.
Such noteworthy events include:
1984 Participation in the finale of the "Live Aid" concert.
1987 1 April - performing in "The Hunting of the Snark" with Mike Batt and various artists at the Royal Albert Hall in London in support of the British Deaf Association.
1988 13 October - performing at the World Wildlife concert at the World Trade Centre in New York.
1989 13 February - presenting an award to Phil Collins and singing with The Brits Supergroup at The Brits Awards in London.
1990 18 July - performing at "The Prince's Trust Rock Gala" at Wembley Arena in London.
1990 5 May - (With John) performing at The John Lennon Tribute Concert in Liverpool.
1990 6 December - performing at "The Red Balloon Ball" in aid of The British Lung Foundation at Alexandra Palace in London.
1991 4 June - Performing in "Starry, Starry Night" with Mike Batt and various artists in support of Save the Children at The Barbican Centre in London.
1991 12 June - presenting an award to ZZ Top at The Third International Rock Awards in London's Dockland Arena.
1991 12 October - Performing at "The Moody Blue Bop" in Swindon on behalf of a Fund for The Rainbow Room for cancer patients.
1992 12 February - Presenting "Best Video Award" to Seal at The Brits Awards in London.
1995 17 April - Performing at "Tin Pan South" - Nashville Songwriters Association International at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.
1995 21 November - Performing at "Lily's In The Field" - Irving Plaza, New York - a benefit concert for orphan children in Bosnia.
1998 October – Performing at a charity benefit in aid of the NSPCC, at the Allied Dunbar Centre in Swindon.
2003 January – “Gaia” at Midem
2004 February “Gaia” in Zurich
2006 UK tour with “Jeff Waynes The War of the Worlds”
2007 Tours of UK, Australia and New Zealand with “Jeff Waynes The War of the Worlds”
After LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER, Justin received a joint ASCAP songwriting award for GEMINI DREAM, in 1988 a further ASCAP award for the most performed song in 1987 (YOUR WILDEST DREAMS) and in 1989 yet another ASCAP award for one of the most performed songs in the USA in 1988 (I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE). Justin also enjoys contributing to the songwriting industry as a whole and is a member of S.O.D.S. (The Society of Distinguished Songwriters), and in January 1991 was elected to the decision-making council of BASCA. 1989 he was invited to be one of the Judges in the BBC's "Song for Christmas" competition.
Justin has written songs for two films: ETERNAL WOMAN for the 1983 film "She", and SOMETHING EVIL, SOMETHING DANGEROUS (with Barrie Guard) for the 1988 film "Howling IV". In 1987 he wrote the title track IT'S NOT EASY and the incidental music for the BBC series "Star Cops" and in 1988 wrote the music for the popular BBC cartoon series "The Shoe People". In 1998 Justin recorded the song SKIMMING STONES for the Italian film soundtrack to “Tre Uomini e Una Gamba”. Notably, Justin’s NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN has been utilised to fine effect in films that include “Casino”, “Shattered” and “A Bronx Tale”. In 2006 Justin’s song “TUESDAY AFTERNOON” was featured in the film about the final hours of Robert Kennedy “Bobby”
In 1967 Justin said that he found his songs made up a kind of biography or diary of his life, as they were about people he'd known or people he'd only known in his imagination, places he had seen only for a moment and places he had lived in all his life. Now, his hope is that through his music he will have helped to make the world a better place.
When stepping back out of the spotlight, Justin lists his hobbies as music, walking, running, working-out, and horse-riding.
Justin's much-respected and comprehensive songwriting and recording career can be listed under various categories, as follows:
Compositions for The Moody Blues:
Fly Me High * Leave This Man Alone * Cities * Tuesday Afternoon * Nights in White Satin * Voices In The Sky * Visions of Paradise (with Ray) * The Actor * Lovely To See You *Never Comes the Day * Are You Sitting Comfortably? (with Ray) * I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred * Gypsy * I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Million * Watching and Waiting (with Ray) * What Am I Doing Here? * King and Queen * Long Summer Days * Question * It's Up To You * Dawning Is The Day * Procession (with the band) * The Story In Your Eyes * You Can Never Go Home * New Horizons * You and Me (with Graeme) * The Land of Make Believe * Had To Fall In Love * Driftwood * Top Rank Suite * The Day We Meet Again * The Voice * Gemini Dream (with John) * In My World * Meanwhile * Blue World * It's Cold Outside Of Your Heart * Running Water * Your Wildest Dreams * I Just Don't Care * Running Out Of Love (with John) * The Other Side of Life * Slings and Arrows (with John) * I Know You're Out There Somewhere * Want To Be With You (with John) * River of Endless Love (with John) * No More Lies * Vintage Wine * Breaking Point * Deep * Say It With Love * Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back) * Is This Heaven? (with John) * Say What You Mean (Parts 1 & 2) * Hope and Pray * * Never Blame The Rainbows For The Rain (with Ray) * Highway (with John) * English Sunset * Haunted * Sooner or Later (Walkin’ on Air) (with John) * Foolish Love * All That Is Real Is You * Strange Times (with John) * The One (with John) * The Swallow * Water (with John) * We Can Fly (with John) * Don’t Need a Reindeer * December Snow * Yes I Believe
Compositions for solo recordings (including Blue Jays):
London Is Behind Me * Day Must Come * I Can't Face The World Without You * I'll Be Here Tomorrow * Blue Guitar * This Morning * Remember Me, My Friend (with John) * My Brother * Nights, Winters, Years * I Dreamed Last Night * Who Are You Now? * When You Wake Up (with John) * Tightrope * Songwriter (Part 1) * Songwriter (Part 2) * Country Girl * One Lonely Room * Lay It On Me * Stage Door * Raised On Love * Doin' Time * Nostradamus * Marie * Heart of Steel * Cray Lovers * Nearer to You * A Face In The Crowd * Suitcase * Silverbird (with Jeff Wayne) * Take Your Chances * Is It Just a Game * Once Again * Moving Mountains * Lost and Found * Goodbye * Who Knows * It Won't Be Easy * The Lights Are Low * Eternal Woman * The Show People * Something Evil, Something Dangerous (with Barrie Guard) * I Heard It * Broken Dream * It's Not Too Late * Something To Believe In * Sometimes Less Is More (with Dennis Lambert) * Troubadour * Shame * Billy * Children of Paradise (with Mickey Feat) * The Way of the World
Compositions for other artists:
1985 The Angels Cry - Agnetha Faltskog
1989 The Angels Cry – Annie Haslam
Compositions by other songwriters that Justin has recorded:
Dawn of a New Day * Forever Autumn * Eve of the War * Night Flight * Maybe It's Just Love * Penumbra Moon * I'm Sorry * It's Not On * Bedtime Stories * Unexpected Song * Learnin' The Game * The Best Is Yet To Come * Tracks of My Tears * MacArthur Park * Blackbird * Vincent * God Only Knows * Bright Eyes * A White Shade of Pale * Scarborough Fair * Railway Hotel * Man of the World * As Long As The Moon can Shine * Stairway to Heaven * Tregardock * Let It Begin * The Promised Land * Still Waters Run Deep * On The Road
Involvement in other recordings:
1965 Just As Long/Since You've Gone (The Wilde Three)
1965 I Cried/Well Who's That (The Wilde Three)
1975 Flash Fearless versus The Zorg Woman (Parts 5 & 6) (album - various artists)
1978 War of the Worlds (album - Jeff Wayne and various artists)
1978 Eve of the War/The Red Weed (7" single)
1978 Eve of the War (12" picture disc - disco remix)/Horsell Common and the Heat Ray
1978 Eye of Wendor: Prophecies (album - Mandalaband)
1981 Unexpected Song (with Marti Webb)
1984 Falling For Night Life (with The Explorers)
1985 Doctor in Distress (with John)
1986 I Am Your Child by Voices With Heart (various artists to support Variety Clubs International)
1987 Nights in White Satin (with Nana Mouskouri)
1987 Morning Angel (with Nana Mouskouri)
1989 Let It Begin (with Sally Oldfield)
1989 The Angels Cry (with Annie Haslam)
1990 Tregardock on "Poetry in Motion" (various artists)
1990 Everybody's Got A Crisis in Their Life (various artists for Leukaemia Research)
1990 Sailing - Rock Against Repatriation (various artists against the repatriation of Vietnamese Refugees)
1993 Live Performance of Tuesday Afternoon on the Acoustic Aid CD (on behalf of the San Francisco Aids Foundation - dedicated to Freddie Mercury)
1994 Prayer for the Children on the Time Slipping By CD (by Mark Williamson and various artists for CHILDHELP USA)
1997 Italian Film Soundtrack from Tre Uomini e Una Gamba
1999 Rick Wakeman’s CD Return to the Centre of the Earth
2001 IMAX film soundtrack for Journey Into Amazing Caves (with The Moody Blues)
2002 “On The Road” for Gaia
2006 Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds Live at Wembley” DVD
1980 Night Flight
1985 Moving Mountains
1989 Classic Blue
1996 The View From The Hill
1998 Live in San Juan Capistrano
1966 London Is Behind Me/Day Must Come
1966 I Can't Face The World Without You/I'll Be Here Tomorrow
1975 I Dreamed Last Night/Remember Me My Friend (with John)
1975 Blue Guitar/When You Wake Up (with John)
1977 One Lonely Room/Songwriter (Part 2)
1977 Country Girl/Doin' Time
1977 Stage Door/Lay It On Me
1978 Forever Autumn/The Fighting Machine
1979 Marie/Heart of Steel
1980 Night Flight/Suitcase
1980 Nearer To You/It's Not On
1985 Silverbird/Take Your Chances
1985 The Best Is Yet To Come/Marie
1987 It Won't Be Easy/Outer Space
1988 The Shoe People/Instrumental
1989 Tracks of My Tears/Railway Hotel
1996 The Way of the World
1997 Live in San Juan Capistrano
2004 An Audience with Justin Hayward