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.
Justin Hayward Recording Career
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.”
The next seven years, and seven legendary albums, are of course well documented.
Justin Hayward, Spirits of the Western Sky
In 2013 Justin released his latest solo album Spirits of the Western Sky – his first solo album since The View From The Hill in 1996.