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Justin Hayward (born David Justin Hayward, on 14 October, 1946, in Swindon, England) is a musician, best known as a singer, guitarist and composer in the rock band, The Moody Blues.
In 1965, Hayward worked with Marty Wilde and his wife, Joyce, in The Wilde Three. Striking out on his own a short while later, while still only 16, he signed a publishing contract with the skiffle artist and record producer, Lonnie Donegan (a move that Hayward later regretted as it meant that the rights to all his songs written before 1974 would always be owned by Donegan's Tyler Music).
Hayward joined the Moody Blues in 1966, replacing the departing vocalist/guitarist, Denny Laine. Bassist John Lodge replaced Clint Warwick at the same time.
Hayward's integration into the Moody Blues - along with Lodge - sparked greater commercial success and recognition for the band, transforming them into one of the biggest selling acts of all-time. Their album sales from 1978 to date (2006) are in excess of 60 million. Their 1967 to 1978 sales remain officially unconfirmed.