Justin Hayward (b. Swindon, October 14, 1946; full name David Justin Hayward) got his first guitar at age nine. In 1965, he joined pre-Beatles English rocker Marty Wilde as a member of his backing band, the Wild Cats. By the end of 1965, Hayward had four songs that he felt ready to record on his own, which led him to former skiffle king-turned-producer Lonnie Donegan. Released by Pye Records on the last day of 1965, Hayward's solo recording debut, "London Is Behind Me," failed to make an impact on the charts. The follow-up, "I Can't Face the World Without You," was released by Parlophone on August 26, 1966 with similar results. It was at this same time that Hayward answered Eric Burdon's ad for a lead guitarist. But Burdon had already filled the spot, and instead recommended him to the Moody Blues, who were in the market for a new ...
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