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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dick Haymes born 13 September 1918


Richard Benjamin "Dick" Haymes (September 13, 1918 – March 28, 1980) was one of the most popular American male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes, an actor, television host, and songwriter.
One of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s, Dick Haymes is often considered to have the best baritone voice of the twentieth century. Haymes worked with several bandleaders before beginning a solo career that took him to Hollywood stardom. His brother, Bob, was a successful songwriter.
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 1941-42, 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.
Dick with Helen Forrest 1944
He paired repeatedly with the Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on a dozen or so Decca collaborations, including the Billboard hit "Teresa," "Great Day," "My Sin," and a 1952 rendering of the dramatic ballad "Here in My Heart," backed by the sisters and Nelson Riddle's lush strings. His duets with Patty Andrews were also well received, both on Decca vinyl and on radio's Club Fifteen with the sisters, which he hosted in 1949 and 1950. He also joined Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters for 1947 session that produced the Billboard hit "There's No Business Like Show Business," as well as "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." His popular renditions of tender ballads such as "Little White Lies" and "Maybe It's Because" were recorded with celebrated arranger Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus.
Dick with Rita Hayworth
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 lung cancer two years later. He died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles. He was 61 years old.

(info edited from Wikipedia, mainly from AMG)

4 comments:

boppinbob said...

For “Legendary Song Stylist - Dick Haymes” go here:

http://www104.zippyshare.com/v/OlhChqj7/file.html

01 You'll Never Know
02 Mam'selle
03 Stella By Starlight
04 Laura
05 You Are Too Beautiful
06 Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did
07 When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love
08 Easy To Love
09 Oh! What It Seemed To Be!
10 How Deep Is The Ocean
11 Another Night Like This
12 Isn't It Kinda Fun
13 The Girl That I Marry
14 For Me, For You, For Evermore
15 How Are Things In Glocca Morra
16 It's A Grand Night For Singing
17 Long Ago ( And Far Away )
18 I Wish I Didn't Love You So
19 I Don't Want To Love You Like I Do
20 You've Changed

A big thank you to Jake @ Let’s Dance blog for link.

Jake said...

Nudge nudge (link please).

boppinbob said...

Special delivery for Jake.

http://www39.zippyshare.com/v/rEZQznpx/file.html

“Dick Haymes – The Best of The Capitol Years”

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. Love Is Here To Stay
11. Love Walked In
12. Come Rain Or Come Shine
13. If I Should Lose You
14. You Don't Know What Love Is
15. Imagination
16. Skylark
17. Isn't This A Lovely Day
18. What's New?
19. The Way You Look Tonight
20. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
21. I Like The Likes Of You
22. Moonlight Becomes You
23. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
24. When I Fall In Love

A big thank you to the donor of the CD to Rowans Charity Shop!

Jake said...

Thanks Bob !