Dick Haymes 1918-1980
Dick Haymes was born on September 13, 1918 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Richard Benjamin Haymes. He died on March 28, 1980 at the age of 61.
He was considered to be one of the best baritone singers of his era and also acted in numerous films. He first appeared in the movie Mutiny On The Bounty in 1935, as an uncredited actor. Nine years would pass, before he appeared in the movie Four Jills and a Jeep in 1944.
Dick Haymes is seen singing in this clip from State Fair.
Meanwhile, he had sung with the Harry James Orchestra starting in 1939.
Dick Haymes singing Laura, who makes me wish there were singers today, that are half as good as Haymes.
Dick Haymes singing with Helen Forrest the standard It Had to be You.
Haymes was not successful at marriage having been married six times. His first marriage to Edith Harper was annulled, because she told him she was pregnant, when she was not pregnant. His second marriage to actress Joanne Dru lasted almost eight years.
His third marriage to Rita Hayworth last a little more than two years. He then married actress Fran Jeffries and that marriage lasted just slightly more than six years. However his last marriage to Wendy Smith lasted 14 years and only ended upon his death in 1980. They were married but separated when he died.
He also battled alcohol abuse problems and financial debt.
Haymes received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with one being award for recording and the other for his five years on radio.
His brother-in-law Peter Marshall was the sister of Joanne Dru, who was the second wife of Haymes.
This is Always is my only Dick Haymes music in my collection.
|1. You Can’t Be True Dear – Dick Haymes|
|2. In Love In Vain – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|3. I Wish I Knew – Dick Haymes|
|4. You Make Me Feel So Young – Dick Haymes|
|5. Some Sunday Morning – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|6. What Do I Have To Do (To Make You Love Me) – Dick Haymes|
|7. All Through The Day – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|8. Do You Love Me – Dick Haymes|
|9. It’s You Or No One – Dick Haymes|
|10. Tomorrow Is Forever – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|11. A Little Imagination – Dick Haymes|
|12. This Is Always – Dick Haymes|
|13. Nature Boy – Dick Haymes|
|14. Together – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|15. As If I Didn’t Have Enough On My Mind – Dick Haymes|
|16. That’s For Me – Dick Haymes|
|17. It’s Magic – Dick Haymes|
|18. Love Letters – Dick Haymes|
|19. The More I See You – Dick Haymes|
|20. I’ll Buy That Dream – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|21. It Might As Well Be Spring – Dick Haymes|
|22. Oh What It Seemed To Be – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
|23. Laura – Dick Haymes|
|24. Till The End Of Time – Dick Haymes|
|25. It Had To Be You – Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest|
Dick Haymes may have died 35 years, but he left a legacy of his music and movies for generations to come.
4 thoughts on “Dick Haymes – Crooners of the Past”
Dick Haymes the greatest ballad singer of them all…play him each and every day…
Sad that Dick Haymes doesn’t get more credit from music fans today. Thanks for the comment.
I have just been playing Dick Haymes album “Moondreams” and what a great singer he was…the songs are beautiful too.
There are lots of digital downloads out there so please have a listen…
Dick Haymes doesn’t get near the recognition he deserves.