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Dick Haymes (September 13, 1916 – March 28, 1980) was an Argentinemarker actor and one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes, an actor, television host and songwriter.


He was born Richard Benjamin Haymes in Buenos Airesmarker, Argentinamarker. His Irishmarker-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 Hollywoodmarker on radio and in many films throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

He never became a United States citizen and avoided military service during World War II by asserting his non-belligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which was neutral.Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper seized upon this atthe time, questioning Haymes' patriotism. The story caused little more than a ripplein Haymes' career at the time, although he was briefly detained at Ellis Islandmarker during the war. However, Haymes' decision would come back to haunt him in 1953 when he traveled from California to Hawaii, then technically not part of the United States, without first notifying immigration authorities. Haymes was nearly deported to Argentina, and a new wave of negative publicity ensued. There was speculation that Harry Cohn, the powerful head of Columbia Studios, had, in fact, used his influence to punish Haymes because Cohn disapproved of Haymes' recent marriage to Columbia star Rita Hayworth. Hayworth was Columbia's top female star and had a long standing feud with Cohn, and she used her considerable influence to push the outcome of the immigration hearings in his favor

Haymes was married six times and had six children. His more notable marriages were to film actresses Joanne Dru (1941-1949), Rita Hayworth (1953-1955) and Fran Jeffries (1958-1964). He was also married to Nora Eddington, a former wife of Erroll Flynn. His daughter Stephanie Haymes was married to Sir Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin.

He died in Los Angelesmarker from lung cancer at the age of 63.


78rpm albums

Dick Haymes Sings - Carmen Cavallaro at the Piano - Irving Berlin Songs (1948 Decca Record)

Original LPs

LP compilations

Live LP albums

Selected CD compilations

  • (1990) Richard the Lion-Hearted - Dick Haymes that is! (1990) re-issue of the vinyl album
  • Imagination (1992)
  • The Very Best of Dick Haymes, Vol. 1 (1997)
  • The Very Best of Dick Haymes, Vol. 2 (1997)
  • The Complete Columbia Recordings - with Harry James and Benny Goodman (1998)
  • Little White Lies: 25 Original Mono Recordings 1942-1050. Living Era. ASV Mono. CD AJA 5387 (2001)
  • Christmas Wishes (2002, radio transcriptions)
  • Golden Years of Dick Haymes (2003)
  • The Complete Capitol Collection (2006)


Hit records

Musical theatre

Further reading

External links

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