Justin Hayward called a press meeting in the early hours of Sunday last week with astounding news; he has FOUND the lost chord.
The Moody Blues British pop group from Birmingham have been looking since 1968 when "In Search of the Lost Chord" was first released. The album was the third LP by the band and one which asked questions, some of those questions have now been answered.
Hayward said it had been a long hard struggle over many years but it was all worth while.
It hadn't all gone to plan he said. Founder member of the group Michael Pinder had found the chord in the winter of 1973, he apparently gave it to an unnamed friend who hid it away, last year (2006) he took the chord to a music publisher in London in the hope of making a "quick buck". Fortunately for Hayward the publisher recognised it as being the one the Moody Blues had been looking for all those years ago.
He phoned Hayward and told him that someone had offered him the chord.
"You can imagine how I felt" said Hayward "I was delighted to find the lost chord but couldn't make out why Pinder would have taken and hidden it back in 73".
We tracked Pinder down to a seedy café in the old town of Hastings, he told our music reporter that he was sorry for his actions but thought like 99% of the world's population that a lost chord was a load of rubbish.
When asked how to play the lost chord Pinder said it could only be Played on a shawm. He went on to tell us that his new CD is "In Search Of The Lost Shawm !!!