Dick Haymes

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Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes in State Fair trailer.jpg
in State Fair (1945)
BornRichard Benjamin Haymes
(1918-09-13)13 September 1918
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died28 March 1980(1980-03-28) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s)Edith Harper
(1939; annulled)
Joanne Dru
Nora Eddington
Rita Hayworth
Fran Jeffries
Wendy Smith
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Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes in State Fair trailer.jpg
in State Fair (1945)
BornRichard Benjamin Haymes
(1918-09-13)13 September 1918
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died28 March 1980(1980-03-28) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s)Edith Harper
(1939; annulled)
Joanne Dru
Nora Eddington
Rita Hayworth
Fran Jeffries
Wendy Smith

Richard Benjamin "Dick" Haymes (September 13, 1918 – March 28, 1980) was an Argentine actor and singer. He was 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.


Haymes was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1918.[1][2] His mother, whom Haymes predeceased, was Irish-born Marguerite Haymes (1894–1987), a well-known vocal coach and instructor. Dick Haymes became a vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood, on radio, and in films throughout the 1940s/1950s.

Though never achieving the immensely popular status of fellow baritone crooners like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Perry Como, Haymes was nonetheless just as respected for his musical ability. In 1942, Sinatra introduced Haymes on radio as Sinatra's replacement in the Tommy Dorsey band.[3]

In 1945 Haymes co-starred with Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine in the musical State Fair. He teamed with female vocalist Helen Forrest for many hit duets during World War Two, including "Together," "I'll Buy That Dream," and "Long Ago and Far Away"; he sang with Judy Garland on two Decca recordings of songs from a film "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" in which he appeared with Betty Grable; and he paired repeatedly with the famous Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on a dozen or so Decca collaborations, including the Billboard hit "Teresa," "Great Day," "My Sin," and a masterful 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 an historic session in 1947 producing 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 mood master and exceptional arranger Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus. Jenkins achieved a haunting beauty in several recordings with Decca artists which set them apart from most musical fare of the day, including The Andrews Sisters' "I Can Dream, Can't I?" and The Weavers' "Goodnight, Irene" (both million-selling, number-one hits).[4]

World War II[edit]

Haymes's birth in Argentina to non-U.S. citizens meant he was not an American citizen. In order to avoid military service during World War II, Haymes asserted his non-belligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which was neutral at that time. Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper seized upon this at the time, questioning Haymes' patriotism, but the story had little effect on Haymes' career. About that time, he was classified 4-F by the draft board because of hypertension. As part of his draft examination, he was confined for a short period to a hospital at Ellis Island, which confirmed his hypertension.[5] However, Haymes' decision would come back to haunt him in 1953 when he went to Hawaii (then a territory and, technically, not part of the United States) without first notifying immigration authorities. On trying to return to the mainland United States, Haymes was nearly deported to Argentina, but won his battle to remain in the United States.

Later years[edit]

He experienced serious financial problems later in life and at one point was forced into bankruptcy.[6]

He appeared as unscrupulous doctor Elroy Gantman in a 1974 episode of Adam-12.


Haymes was married six times. 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 Errol Flynn. Haymes' wives bore him a total of six children.


Dick Haymes died in Los Angeles from lung cancer in 1980. He was 61 years old.


78rpm albums[edit]

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

Original LPs[edit]

LP compilations[edit]

Live LP albums[edit]

Selected CD compilations[edit]


Hit records[edit]

YearSingleChart positions
1941"A Sinner Kissed an Angel"(with Harry James)15
1942"The Devil Sat Down and Cried"(with Harry James & Helen Forrest)15
"Idaho"(with Benny Goodman)4
"Take Me"(with Benny Goodman)10
"Serenade In Blue"(with Benny Goodman)17
1943"It Can't Be Wrong"12
"In My Arms"3
"You'll Never Know"11
"Wait For Me, Mary"6
"I Never Mention Your Name"11
"I Heard You Cried Last Night"138
"Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey"5
"For the First Time"13
1944"I'll Get By"(with Harry James)1
"Long Ago (and Far Away)"(with Helen Forrest)2
"How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You"27
"How Blue the Night"11
"It Had To Be You"(with Helen Forrest)4
"Together"(with Helen Forrest)3
"The More I See You"7
"I Wish I Knew"6
"Till the End of Time"3
"Love Letters"11
"I'll Buy That Dream"(with Helen Forrest)2
"Some Sunday Morning"(with Helen Forrest)9
"That's For Me"6
"It Might As Well Be Spring"5
1946"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"(with Helen Forrest)7
"It's a Grand Night For Singing"21
"Oh! What It Seemed To Be"(with Helen Forrest)4
"Come Rain or Come Shine"(with Helen Forrest)23
"In Love In Vain"(with Helen Forrest)12
"You Make Me Feel So Young"21
"Why Does It Get So Late So Early"(with Helen Forrest)22
"On the Boardwalk"21
1947"For You, For Me, Forevermore"(with Judy Garland)19
"How Are Things In Glocca Mora"9
"There's No Business Like Show Business"(with Bing Crosby & Andrew Sisters)25
"Naughty Angeline"21
"I Wish I Didn't Love You So"9
"And Mimi"15
1948"Teresa"(with Andrews Sisters)21
"Little White Lies"(gold record)2
"You Can't Be True, Dear"9
"Nature Boy"11
"It's Magic"9
"Ev'ry Day I Love You"24
1949"Bouquet of Roses"22
"Room Full of Roses"6
"Maybe It's Because"5
"The Old Master Painter"4
"Count Every Star"(with Artie Shaw)10
"Can Anyone Explain"23
1951"You're Just In Love"(with Ethel Merman)30
"And So To Sleep Again"28
1956"Two Different Worlds"80

Musical theatre[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prigozy, Ruth (June 2006). The Life of Dick Haymes: No More Little White Lies. University Press of Mississippi.  [1]
  2. ^ See also Social Security Death Index for Richard Haymes (SS#113-05-9919). His birthdate is frequently incorrectly given as 1916
  3. ^ Jonathan Schwartz program. August 31, 2013. WNYC-FM.
  4. ^ Sforza, John: "Swing It! The Andrews Sisters Story;" University Press of Kentucky, 2000; 289 pages
  5. ^ Prigozy, The Life of Dick Haymes, op cit, p. 48
  6. ^ Prigorzy, The Life of Dick Haymes, op cit, p. 177. "By the early sixties I was a desperate alcoholic. I had been forced into bankruptcy with a half million dollars in debts and no assets." "The Life of Dick Haymes, (search for 'alcoholic' in the search box)". 
  7. ^ The 16 minute film, I Am an American, was featured in American theaters as a short feature in connection with "I Am an American Day" (now called Constitution Day). I Am an American was produced by Gordon Hollingshead, written and directed by Crane Wilbur. Besides Haymes, it featured Humphrey Bogart, Gary Gray, Danny Kaye, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Knute Rockne, and Jay Silverheels. See: I Am An American at the TCM Movie Database and I Am an American at the Internet Movie Database.

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