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Dick Haymes

Dick Haymes was one of the most splendid ballad singers of his era, the near-equal of Crosby and Sinatra on classics of the form like "It Can't Be Wrong," "Till the End of Time," and "It Might as Well Be Spring." Though he was unable to cash in during the '50s golden era of adult pop (due to alcoholism, troubles with the government, and a few tempestuous relationships), Haymes continued performing and recording until his death in 1980.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1918, Haymes was the son of British parents, who at the time were living on the cattle ranch they owned in Argentina. After they separated, he was reared by his mother in Paris before the Depression crippled their finances. He spent the rest of his formative years in the United States, where his mother performed as a singer. Haymes made his own professional debut at the age of 15, singing with a hotel band in New Jersey while on summer vacation. He left school in 1933 to move to Hollywood, and worked as a stuntman or extra on several films during the mid-'30s. After writing a few songs in 1939, he approached Harry James with hopes the bandleader would buy them; though James wasn't very impressed with his songwriting skills, he hired Haymes one year later, to replace Frank Sinatra as his leading male singer.

During 1941-1942, Dick Haymes recorded a few hits with James, including "A Sinner Kissed an Angel" and "The Devil Sat Down and Cried." (His biggest hit with James, "I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)," hit number one in 1944, three years after its recording.) Haymes also sang with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey before signing to Decca in 1943. One of his first singles, "You'll Never Know," hit number one in July 1943. Another, "It Can't Be Wrong," was also a substantial hit at the same time. He moved from extra to starring roles in Hollywood, most notably appearing in 1945's State Fair, and scored a Top Five hit with the Oscar-winning "It Might as Well Be Spring" from the film. Though he never again scored another number one hit, Haymes spent much of the mid-'40s near the top of the charts with the songs "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey," "Laura," "Till the End of Time," and "That's for Me." He also hosted a radio show with Helen Forrest, and starred in several more films after the success of State Fair.

Though the hits continued until the end of the decade, both Haymes' professional and personal life began to decline. He divorced his wife, actress Joanne Dru, began drinking heavily, and mishandled his finances. Many of his film appearances were panned and he was eventually dropped from his movie and recording contracts. A whirlwind romance and two-year marriage to Rita Hayworth hardly settled things down; when added to immigration and tax troubles, it made for a very obvious low point in the singer's life.

He began a professional comeback in 1955, thanks to a contract with Capitol Records, the foremost label for adult pop. Haymes recorded two LPs for Capitol, Rain or Shine and Moondreams, but continued to be plagued by alcoholism. After moving to Ireland in the early '60s, Haymes finally kicked his drinking habit and returned to recording with 1969's Now and Then, which alternated Haymes classics with more contemporary material. He moved back to America in the '70s, performing numerous club dates and recording a live album at Cocoanut Grove. He last recorded in 1978, and lost his long bout with cancer two years later. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story

1. Love Is Just Around The Corner

2. Them There Eyes

3. Strange Fruit

4. Fine And Mellow

5. That's A Plenty

6. Flying Home

7. You'll Never Know

8. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

9. Rum And Coca-Cola

10. MacNamara's Band

11. Choo Choo Ch' Boogie

12. Oh, Lady, Be Good!

13. How High The Moon

14. Blueberry Hill

15. Goodnight Irene

16. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

17. Lover

18. The Glow-Worm

19. It Takes Two To Tango

21. Three Coins In The Fountain

22. Rock Around The Clock

23. Hey There

25. Danke Schoen

26. L-O-V-E

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Track List: Cocktails For Two: The Songs Of Sam Coslow

1. Cocktails For Two

2. Was It A Dream?

3. True Blue Lou

4. Sweepin' The Clouds Away (Up On Top Of A Rainbow)

5. Just One More Chance

6. Sing, You Sinners

7. Moon Song, That Wasn't Meant For Me

8. Learn To Croon

9. Lay Your Head On My Shoulder, Dear

10. Thanks

11. The Day You Came Along

14. My Old Flame

15. A Little White Gardenia

16. In The Middle Of A Kiss

17. If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)

18. True Confession

19. Have You Forgotten So Soon?

21. A New Moon And An Old Serenade

23. Beware, My Heart

24. Je Vous Aime

25. Fare Thee Well

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Track List: Oscar Hammerstein II: Out Of My Dreams

2. It Might As Well Be Spring

4. A Puzzlement

5. Mister Snow

6. Some Enchanted Evening

7. Love, Look Away

8. If I Loved You

9. People Will Say We're In Love

10. Dat's Love

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Track List: The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook Volume 1 (A-I)

1. At Last

2. Almost Like Being In Love

3. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

4. Baby, It's Cold Outside

5. As Time Goes By

6. A Foggy Day

7. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

8. April In Paris

9. Fools Rush In

10. How Deep Is The Ocean?

11. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

13. Blue Skies

14. I'm In The Mood For Love

16. Come Rain Or Come Shine

17. Embraceable You

18. I'll Be Seeing You

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Track List: The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook Volume 2 (I-Z)

1. Night And Day

2. Stardust

3. Satin Doll

4. Misty

5. It Had To Be You

6. Over The Rainbow

7. Tenderly

8. On The Street Where You Live

10. They Can't Take That Away From Me

11. My Funny Valentine

12. These Foolish Things

13. Stormy Weather

14. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

15. Where Or When

16. That Old Black Magic (Live)

17. It's Only A Paper Moon

18. Just One Of Those Things

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Track List: Those Were Our Songs: Music Of World War 2

Disc 1

1. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time

2. Green Eyes

3. Who Wouldn't Love You?

4. Jersey Bounce

6. A Sleepy Lagoon

7. Strip Polka

8. I Had The Craziest Dream

10. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

11. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

12. I've Heard That Song Before

13. Shoo-Shoo Baby

14. Amor

15. Straighten Up And Fly Right

16. Long Ago (And Far Away)

17. G.I. Jive

18. I'll Walk Alone

19. It Had To Be You

20. The Trolley Song

Disc 2

1. Rum And Coca-Cola

2. Candy

3. Sentimental Journey

4. Dream

5. Chattanooga Choo Choo

6. Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)

7. On The Atchison, Topeka & The Santa Fe

8. Tampico

9. Waiting For The Train To Come In

10. It's Been A Long, Long Time

11. Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief

12. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle

13. The Hut-Sut Song

15. It's Only A Paper Moon

16. Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me

17. I Love You

18. Mairzy Doats

19. It Might As Well Be Spring

20. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

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To this day, there has never been as great a baritone singer as Dick Haymes. Such a beautiful mellow voice gives anyone chills! We need more Dick Haynes, Pandora!!!
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Dick Haymes, while not revered as an American citizen, was the greatest baritone of all time. Please advise why we can't have an individual station or at least access to his many recordings?
dichmen@char t e r . n e t
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marjsgt
I fell in love with Dick Haymes' voice when I was 11 and saw him in Four Jills and a Jeep which introduced him. Ive seen every film he was in and have as many recordings of his that I have been able to amass. He's still my number 1 favorite. I appreciate that others like him, too.
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slanders1973
Same comment as others. Searching for Dick Haymes and I get Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story? What is up? Fix this, Pandora. Thanks.
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har2699
When I ask for some wellknown artist of the fourties (e.g. Dic Haymes), I get someone who's supposed to sound somewhat similat. That's not what I want. Why can't I get the original person I asked for?
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For a bio on Dick Haymes: http://www.a n s w e r s . c o m / t o p i c / d i c k - h a y m e s
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Why can't I hear Dick Haymes
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Why don't they play any songs with Dick Haymes singing when you ask for ir
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If you like Dick Haymes, make sure you see the 1945 version of "State Fair". It's a wonderful movie and you'll enjoy lots of his singing.
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Dick Haymes' voice is like a soothing, calm touch. Like Nat King Cole his choice of songs was always in good taste, never a silly one in his recordings!
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Ever since I first heard Dick Haymes sing, I have thought he was one of the best singing voices around. So would you play more of his records?
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flymetothemo o n f l o r i s t s
How come you still don't have any bio on D. Haymes? He couldn't be considered an insignifican t player in the history of American popular music.
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artsyall
I understand that he wasn't a pro-Nazi, he left because he didn't wanted to go to the military. They used that against him and didn't let him back in. Something Clinton would have done if he lived back then...
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llewis254
A bio would be great. I had never heard his voice before or heard of him.
I loved the voice and the song.
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llewis254
Beautiful voice and choice of song.
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Say what you want about him, but in the 40's the women loved him. a great voice.
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Not only is there no biography of Dick Haymes, there is no music!
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Dick Haymes, although a fine singer, lost favor in the United States during WWII because it was reported that he was a Nazi sympathizer. I was a teenager at the time and remember it well.
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I like Dick Haymes deep mellow voice and I always thought he sang very naturally.
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Hoping to hear more vocals by Dick Haymes.
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Cannot understand why no bio of Dick Haymes. Arguably the best male band singer during the big band era and Hollywood after. Believe he had problems with alchohol addiction and was a Brazilian citizen.
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I must mirror the sentiments of the writer, dated Dec 30, 2007: Where is My Haymes' Bio?
Always grateful to Pandora for the superb mix of available music entertainmen t .
ANTHONY, Boston Ma
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I remember Dick Haymes not only as a fine baritone, but also for his marriage to Rita Hayworth and that he was a conscientiou s objector in WWII.
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Dick Haymes (September 13, 1916 – March 28, 1980) was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His Irish-born mother, Marguerite Haymes (1894-1987), was a well-known vocal coach and instructor. He became the vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood on radio and in many films throughout the forties and fifties. He never became a United States citizen.
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There has to be a bio for this great singer.
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Why no biography for Dick Haymes? Was he not a major singer in the 40s?

Charles Koch

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