Five fun facts about Justin Hayward
by Leslie Simon
Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. At 17, he answered an ad in Melody Maker Magazine, successfully auditioning for UK Rock hero Marty Wilde and immediately hitting his stride writing classics such as “Nights in White Satin” and “Fly Me High.” The Moody Blues may be a household name – but did you know these five facts about Justin?
1. His musical career kicked off by answering an ad in popular UK rock magazine Melody Maker. After auditioning for acclaimed UK rock hero Marty Wilde, 17-year-old Justin landed a position in Marty’s band The Wilde Three. While on tour, Justin shared a room with a stand-up comic who started the day “with a stiff drink”.
2. In the 1970s, The Moody Blues (or as Justin affectionately calls them “The Moodies”), played Madison Square Garden twice in one day. They were given the “Golden Ticket” award for selling the most seats.
3. When he came to America, one of the first things Justin did was visit Lubbock, TX, the home of his musical idol Buddy Holly.
4. Justin still uses the 1965 Fender Sunburst Telecaster guitar that he played on the first two Moody Blues albums.
5. The song “Nights in White Satin” was intended to have the double entendre of “Knights in White Satin,” with the band even going so far as to have a knight on the album artwork.
Justin Hayward performs at the Center on August 14 as part of his “All The Way” tour.Get Tickets