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Dick Haymes
American actor and singer (1918-1980)

Dick Haymes

Dick Haymes
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Intro American actor and singer (1918-1980)
A.K.A. Richard Benjamin Haymes
Was Actor Musician Singer Stage actor Film actor Composer Television actor
From Argentina
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 13 September 1918, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death 28 March 1980, Los Angeles, USA (aged 61 years)
Star sign Virgo
Spouse: Joanne DruRita HayworthNora EddingtonFran Jeffries
Traditional pop music
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Richard Benjamin Haymes (September 13, 1918 – March 28, 1980), known as Dick Haymes, was an Argentine actor and singer, active in the United States. He was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes who was an actor, television host, and songwriter.


Haymes was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1918. His mother, whom Haymes predeceased, was Irish-born Marguerite Haymes (1894–1987), a well-known vocal coach and instructor. His father worked as a rancher and was of English descent. The Haymeses traveled extensively before settling in the United States when Haymes was an infant.


At the age of 17, Haymes moved to Los Angeles where he initially worked as a stunt man and film double. At the age of 19, he moved to New York City where he worked as a vocalist in a number of big bands. On September 3, 1942, Frank Sinatra introduced Haymes on radio as Sinatra's replacement in the Tommy Dorsey band. Prior to joining Dorsey's group, Haymes sang with the Harry James orchestra.

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 II, 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 the film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, in which he appeared with Betty Grable.

From 1944 to 1948, he had his own radio program, The Dick Haymes Show, first on NBC and later on CBS.

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.

World War II

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 nonbelligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which remained neutral until almost the end of the war. Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper questioned Haymes' patriotism, but the story had little effect on his 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 on Ellis Island, which confirmed his hypertension.

In 1953, Haymes went to Hawaii (then a territory and, technically, not part of the United States) without first notifying immigration authorities. On returning to the mainland United States, he was nearly deported to Argentina, but won his battle to remain in the United States.

Later years

He experienced serious financial problems later in life, by the early 1960s declaring bankruptcy with $500,000 in debts.

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

Through his mother's nationality, Haymes spent his last years as an Irish Citizen.


Haymes was married six times, including to film actresses Joanne Dru (1941–1949), Rita Hayworth (1953–1955), and Fran Jeffries (1958–1964). He was also married to Nora Eddington (1949–1953), a former wife of Errol Flynn. Haymes had a total of six children—three with Joanne Dru, one with Fran Jeffries, and two with his sixth and final wife, British model Wendy Smith.


On March 28, 1980, Haymes died from lung cancer in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old.


78rpm albums

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

Original LPs

  • Rain or Shine (1955)
  • Moondreams (1957)
  • Look at Me Now! (1957)
  • Richard the Lion-Hearted - Dick Haymes that is! (1960)

LP compilations

  • Dick Haymes (1950s)
  • Little White Lies (1958)
  • Dick Haymes - Maury Laws Orchestra / Featuring Cy Coleman (1960s)
  • Love Letters (1960s)
  • Spotlight On – Dick Haymes Sings Romantic Ballads - Featuring Johnny Kay (1960s)
  • Easy (1973)
  • Imagination (1982) (also available on CD)

Live LP albums

Selected CD compilations

  • (2016) Dick Haymes You'll Never Know His 53 Finest 2 CDset (Retrospective)
  • (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

Year Single Chart positions
1941 "A Sinner Kissed an Angel" 15
1942 "The Devil Sat Down and Cried" 15
"Idaho" 4
"Take Me" 10
"Serenade In Blue" 17
1943 "It Can't Be Wrong" 1 2
"In My Arms" 3
"You'll Never Know" 1 1
"Wait For Me, Mary" 6
"I Never Mention Your Name" 11
"I Heard You Cried Last Night" 13 8
"Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" 5
"For the First Time" 13
1944 "I'll Get By" 1
"Long Ago (and Far Away)" 2
"How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You" 27
"How Blue the Night" 11
"It Had To Be You" 4
"Together" 3
"Janie" 26
1945 "Laura" 9
"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" 2
"Some Sunday Morning" 9
"That's For Me" 6
"It Might As Well Be Spring" 5
1946 "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" 7
"It's a Grand Night For Singing" 21
"Oh! What It Seemed To Be" 4
"Slowly" 12
"Come Rain or Come Shine" 23
"In Love In Vain" 12
"You Make Me Feel So Young" 21
"Why Does It Get So Late So Early" 22
"On the Boardwalk" 21
1947 "For You, For Me, Forevermore" 19
"How Are Things In Glocca Mora" 9
"Mam'selle" 3
"There's No Business Like Show Business" 25
"Ivy" 19
"Naughty Angeline" 21
"I Wish I Didn't Love You So" 9
"And Mimi" 15
1948 "Teresa" 21
"Little White Lies" 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
1950 "Roses" 29
"Count Every Star" 10
"Can Anyone Explain" 23
1951 "You're Just In Love" 30
"And So To Sleep Again" 28
1956 "Two Different Worlds" 80

Musical theatre

  • Miss Liberty (1951, Dallas Theatre)

The Big Broadcast of 1944, - A Lee Gruber, Shelly Gross off Broadway production, fall of 1979 - Devon, PA, Detroit, MI, and Westbury, NY

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1948 Lux Radio Theatre Irish Eyes Are Smiling
1948 Screen Guild Players Up in Central Park
1953 Suspense Pigeon in the Cage
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 13 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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