Lead singer of the Moody Blues
Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8
Sat 8pm GA $75, VIP Meet & Greet $99
Sun 7pm GA $75, VIP Meet & Greet $99
VIP Meet & Greet tickets: Yoshi's will provide seating in the first two rows for the performance. The Meet and Greet (approx. 20 min) will begin one hour prior to the performance (7PM) and will take place in the club.
Also at Yoshi's Oakland on Fri, Jun 6!
Justin Hayward was born on October 14, 1946 in the upstairs bedroom of the house next door to his grandfather's in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, next to the giant Great Western Railway Works. He was educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire, and Commonwealth Grammar School, Swindon, where he gained five "o"-Level passes.
From the age of 5 he enjoyed singing, and he inherited his paternal grandfather's collection of 78s when he was 6, which opened up the magical world of music to him as his grandpa had collected many hits of the 30s and 40s. He had a few piano lessons at 7, learned to play the ukulele at 9, and this progressed to a strong desire to own a guitar. With help from his parents and hire purchase, Justin had achieved this ambition by the age of 10.
While 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 (who changed their name to The Off-Beats and played two full summer season bookings in 1961 and 1962), and thereafter, The Whispers, later called All Things Bright, who proved a great success throughout the West country.
In early 1965 Justin answered an advertisement for a guitar player in "The Melody Maker" and soon 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 as well as touring all over the UK and performing on a long tour of the Middle East. 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 self-penned solo singles in 1966 - "London Is Behind Me/Day Must Come" for Pye Records and "I Can't Face The World Without You/I'll Be Here Tomorrow" for Parlaphone (the Beatles original label). To this day, he credits Marty Wilde as having encouraged him to write his own material. Soon after the release of his solo singles, Justin wrote to Eric Burden of the Animals and sent him some of his compositions. Eric passed them on to Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues in the Summer of 1966, so beginning a famous and acclaimed 36-year career, which started with the recording of Justin's "Fly Me High" at the famous Decca Studios, engineered by Gus Dudgeon. Within a few weeks Justin had written many other songs for the band including "Nights in White Satin."
Outside of the band, in 1969, Justin was the voice of Gulliver on his good friend Lionel Bart's demo of his musical Gulliver's Travels, and after the Moodies took a break from touring and recording in 1974, Justin joined up with John Lodge and Tony Clarke (the Moodies' producer) in the making of the beautiful hit album Blue Jays, and in 1975 they toured exclusively in the UK. The single "Blue Guitar" (recorded by Justin two years earlier with Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley at Strawberry Studios Stockport) was released under the Blue Jays banner and achieved a high placing in the charts around the world. 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 hit 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 the beautiful and timeless "Forever Autumn." In that year he also found time to work with the Mandalaband (led by famous photographer and author David Rohl) and contributed to their album Eye of Wendor: Prophecies, and in 1979 he released a non-album single "Marie/Heart of Steel." In the same year Justin received the ASCAP award for "Nights in White Satin."
Also that 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, which was a mixture of his own songs and those of other writers, and produced by Jeff Wayne. Two singles were released from this album - "Night Flight/Suitcase" and "Nearer To You/It's Not On."
While 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" (the video, of which was filmed in Cornwall, is on his recent DVD) "Take Your Chances" and "The Best Is Yet To Come/Marie." Co-produced with his friend Martin Wyatt, Moving Mountains has become a firm favorite on UK radio.
In 1989 Justin released yet another 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 October 15, 1996, Justin's fifth solo album The View From The Hill was released in the USA. Recorded in Italy, at the studio he was later to take the other Moody Blues to record in, the album comprises seven self-penned tracks, together with collaborations with Dennis Lambert and Mickey Feat, and two songs written by Phil Palmer and Moodies' keyboard player Paul Bliss. Justin happily describes the album 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."
As will be seen, as well as being a vocalist and lead guitarist for The Moody Blues and pursuing a successful solo career, Justin also enjoys the challenge of working with other artists and, when time permits, he likes to give his time to performing and recording for charitable organizations and to attending music industry functions.