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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: Sings Irving Berlin Songs

1. Say It With Music

2. The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)

3. Cheek To Cheek

4. Say It Isn't So

5. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

7. All Alone

8. Lady Of The Evening

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Track List: The Great American Song Book

8. I'll Never Smile Again

9. Laura

10. The More I See You

11. Where Or When

12. It Might As Well Be Spring

13. It's A Grand Night For Singing

14. You Make Me Feel So Young

15. Little White Lies

17. Love Letters

18. Say It Isn't So

19. Cheek To Cheek

20. The Song Is Ended

21. It's Magic

22. The Christmas Song

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Track List: Live At The Cocoanut Grove 1972

1. Let Me Love You

2. You'll Never Know

3. Maybe Sunday

4. Me And Bobby Mcgee

5. It's Been A Long, Long Time

6. Living In Our Dreams

7. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life

8. Wave

9. State Fair Medley: That's For Me / It Might As Well Be Spring / It's A Grand Night For Singing

10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

11. Forties Medley: Little White Lies / Tangerine / Love Walked In / Mam'selle / Cherokee / On The Sunny Side

12. Whistling Away The Dark

13. Every Time We Say Goodbye

14. The More I See You

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Track List: Best Of Dick Haymes. 24 Hits

1. You'll Never Know

2. For You, Or Me, For Evermore

3. Ol' Man River

4. Yes, Indeed

5. How High The Moon

6. It Can't Be Wrong

7. I Never Mention Your Name

8. I'll Get By

9. How Blue The Night

10. It Had To Be You

11. By The Old Corral

12. Wait For Me, Mary

13. Let The Rest Of The World Go By

14. Laura

15. The More I See You

16. Together

17. I Wish I Knew

18. Where Or When

19. I'll Buy That Dream

20. The Night Is Young

21. It Might As Well Be Spring

22. It's A Gran Night For Singing

23. Amada Mia

24. You Make Me Feel So Young

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Track List: What’s New?

1. Skylark

2. Isn’t This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)

3. What’s New

4. The Way You Look Tonight

5. Then I’ll Be Tired Of You

6. I Like The Likes Of You

7. Moonlight Becomes You

8. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

9. When I Fall In Love

10. Never Leave Me

11. New York’s My Home

12. It Might As Well Be Spring

13. The More I See You

14. The Very Thought Of You

16. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You

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Track List: Little White Lies

2. Maybe Its Because

3. Oh What It Seemed To Be

4. Together

5. All Through The Day

6. It Had To Be You

7. Long Ago And Far Away

8. Blue Champagne

9. You'll Never Know

10. I'll Buy That Dream

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Track List: You'll Never Know

3. You'll Never Know

4. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey

5. You Send Me

6. They Didn't Believe Me

7. What A Difference A Day Made

9. Summertime

10. The Breeze And I

11. Blue Skies

12. Where Or When

13. The One I Love

14. I'll Be Seeing You

15. The More I See You

16. Love Letters

17. That's For Me

18. Till The End Of Time

20. Say It Isn't So

22. To Each His Own

23. How Are Things In Glocca Mora

24. Twas Only An Irishman's Dream

25. Mam'selle

26. The Christmas Song

27. It's Magic

28. Little White Lies

29. The Song Is Ended

30. It Might As Well Be Spring

31. Say It With Music

32. The Ould Plaid Shawl

33. The Blarney Roses

34. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

36. It Had To Be You

37. Room Full Of Roses

38. The Old Master Painter

40. The Best Things In Life Are Free

41. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking

42. Lady Of The Evening

43. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

44. Count Every Star

45. I Surrender Dear

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Track List: My Heart Stood Still

1. My Heart Stood Still

2. Slow Boat To China

3. You're My Girl

4. This Time The Deam's On Me

5. The Riviera

6. Cheek To Cheek

7. So Far

8. Oh, Look At Me Now

9. A Sinner Kissed An Angel

10. A Very Precious Love

11. The Long Hot Summer

12. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

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Track List: Dick Haymes

1. The More I See You

2. I Never Mention Your Name

3. It Had To Be You

4. It Can't Be Wrong

5. Everything Happens To Me

6. I Guess I'll Have To Dream The Rest

7. Idaho

8. It's The Last Time

9. Ol' Man River

10. I'll Get By

11. Cherry

12. My Silent Love

13. Together

14. Little White Lies

15. If You Were The Only Girl In The World

16. I Wish I Knew

17. Serenade In Blue

18. The Song Is You

19. Yes Indeed

20. A Sinner Kissed An Angel

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Track List: The Complete Capitol Collection

Disc 1

1. It Might As Well Be Spring

2. The More I See You

3. The Very Thought Of You

4. You'll Never Know

5. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You

6. How Deep Is The Ocean

7. The Nearness Of You

8. Where Or When

9. Little White Lies

10. Our Love Is Here To Stay

11. Love Walked In

12. Come Rain Or Come Shine

13. I Never Get Enough Of You

14. C'est La Vie

15. Love Is A Great Big Nothin'

16. Two Different Worlds

17. Now At Last (Out-Take)

18. Now At Last

19. Rainbow's End (Out-Take)

20. Rainbow's End

Disc 2

1. If I Should Lose You

2. You Don't Know What Love Is

3. Imagination

4. Skylark

5. Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?)

6. What's New

7. The Way You Look Tonight

8. Then I'll Be Tired Of You

9. I Like The Likes Of You

10. Moonlight Becomes You

11. Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

12. When I Fall In Love

13. Never Leave Me

14. New York's My Home

15. My Love For Carmen (Out-Take)

16. My Love For Carmen

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Track List: Keepsakes

1. Home

2. Till The End Of Time

3. If I Didn't Have Enough On My Mind

4. The Girl That I Marry

5. Stardust

6. Ave Maria

7. The Christmas Song

8. Christmas Dreaming

9. And Mimi

10. The Dear Little Shamrock

11. Hush-A-Bye

12. Serenade Of The Bells

13. When A Gypsy Makes A Violin Cry

14. Every Time I Meet You

15. Lady Of The Evening

16. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

17. A Chapter In My Life Called Mary

18. Hush Little Darlin'

19. Keepsakes

20. I'm In Love

21. Why Won't You

22. Adieu

23. Marta

24. Can I Come In For A Second

25. I Oughta Know More About You

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Track List: Soft Lights & Sweet Music

1. I Could Write A Book

2. There's A Small Hotel

3. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

4. Penthouse Serenade

5. Imagination

6. I Love You

7. Stardust

8. But Not For Me

9. You're Driving Me Crazy

10. You're Blasé

11. Time On My Hands

12. Love Me Or Leave Me

13. I Surrender Dear

14. I Never Knew

15. Yearning

16. These Foolish Things

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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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