Dick Haymes

Dick Haymes (* September 13, 1918 in Buenos Aires, † March 28, 1980 in Los Angeles ) was an Argentine singer of the 1940s. He participated as a singer in the swing bands of the 1940s, as with Harry James, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and had a solo career as a balladeer.

Life and work

Dick Haymes made ​​his debut as a singer in 1931. In a hotel where bandleader Johnny Johnson became aware of him and took him for the summer in his band 1933 Haymes went to Hollywood, where he formed the band The hangover which was not successful. From 1939 he was a singer in the band of Harry James, where he remained until 1942. Short Memberships he had also in the bands of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

From 1944 Haymes launched a solo career with a CBS radio program in which the Arranger Matt Dennis, he worked (including the program Something for the Boys with Jack Jenney ) and recording contracts with Decca. It was followed by a contract with Twentieth Century Fox and the start of a film career. During this time Haymes had his own radio show and appeared in the mail The Lucky Strike Hit Parade, Club 15 and The Auto- Lite Hour. Among his hits during this period included the duet sung by Helen Forrest Some Sunday Morning. Other hits of his Decca era were 'll Never Know, ' Till the End of Time, It Can not be Wrong, Little White Lies and Mam'selle. In 1944 he did not want to be registered as a foreigner and moved to Hawaii. On his return to trying him entry into the United States was initially denied.

From 1947 onwards, followed by alcohol problems and economic misery. Expiring contracts with Fox and Decca were the result. In the early 1950s, he wanted to go with Billie Holiday on a European tour, but it was the departure denied. 1955 and 1956 he recorded two albums for the record label, Capitol, Moon Dreams and Rain or Shine. 1961 Haymes migrated to Ireland. A comeback attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s had no more success.

It was alleged that his baritone voice was one of the best of the 20th century.


  • Tommy Dorsey: In Concert (RCA, 1942)