Justin Hayward (born 14 October 1946, Swindon, Wiltshire, England) is an English musician, best known as singer, songwriter and guitarist in the rock band The Moody Blues.
Hayward was born in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, England and educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire and The Commonweal School, in Swindon.
Justin explains his actual name is Justin, not David, in a May 2010 letter he posted on his website, justinhayward.com: One rather odd question that was on the list, but that our Storyteller girl never got round to asking me was ‘when did you decide to call yourself Justin?’ Now there’s an assumption in a question for you! Well, my mother and father called me Justin when I was born, and as I grew up they would tell me of how it happened - in the upstairs room of the house next door to my grandparents house (as a teenager I became quite close to my grandparents neighbours, Mr and Mrs Jones). My parents had nowhere of their own to live at the time, and so they were staying with Grandpa and Grandma. But with no room at all for another baby to be born in their house, (my brother was still only eighteen months old), it was next-door at No 11 for my mother and ‘baby me’ on the morning of October 14th! My Grandmother was, to use an American expression, ‘a tough cookie’ and when I was born she vehemently protested that no one, apart from a Classical Roman scholar, could get their mind round such a daft name as Justin, so when the Registrar came round on the day after I was born, (as was the custom in those days, many children being born at home with a midwife attending - or a district nurse in the case of my sister), my grandma declared to him that I was to be David Justin Hayward (David was the middle name my parents had chosen). The big problem was that to all of the rest of my family I was just Justin, and always would be. A few days after I was born (as was also the custom at the time), I was baptised Justin David Hayward and remained so ever since.