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Edgar Hayes

Edgar Junius Hayes (May 23, 1902 – June 28, 1979) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Hayes attended Wilberforce University, where he graduated with a degree in music in the early 1920s. In 1922 he toured with Fess Williams, and formed his own group, the Blue Grass Buddies, in Ohio in 1924. In 1925 he played with Lois Deppe, and later in the decade led the groups Eight Black Pirates and the Symphonic Harmonists.

From 1931 to 1936 Hayes played in and arranged for the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. From 1937 to 1941 Hayes again led his own orchestra; Kenny Clarke was among his sidemen. His most popular recording was a version of the song "Stardust" and the original recording of "In the Mood" which was later covered by Glenn Miller, both songs were recorded in 1938. He moved to California in 1942, and led a quartet there for most of the decade. Following this he played solo, continuing to perform live into the 1970s. Hayes recorded under his own name in 1937-38, 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1960. He died in San Bernardino, California, in 1979.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 23rd, 1904 (Lexington), Died June 28th, 1979 (San Bernardino)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, songwriter, composer, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-59034 10-in. 10/18/1932 Somebody stole Gabriel's horn Bella Benson ; Washboard Rhythm Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal chorus songwriter  
Victor BRC-69965 10-in. 6/18/1931 I can't get along without my baby Mills Blue Rhythm Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-78094 10-in. 10/5/1933 Kokey Joe Mills Blue Rhythm Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-78095 10-in. 10/5/1933 Love's serenade Mills Blue Rhythm Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-80279 10-in. 2/20/1934 The growl Mills Blue Rhythm Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151454 10-in. 3/23/1931 Swing it King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W151637 10-in. 6/25/1931 I can't get along without my baby King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152207 10-in. 6/7/1932 This time it's love Art Jarrett Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W152459 10-in. 7/29/1933 Someone stole Gabriel's horn Jack Teagarden Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Decca 62217 10-in. 5/25/1937 Caravan Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62218 10-in. 5/25/1937 Edgar steps out Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62219 10-in. 5/25/1937 Laughing at life Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62220 10-in. 5/25/1937 Stomping at the Renny Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62450 10-in. 7/27/1937 Laughing at life Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62451 10-in. 7/27/1937 High, wide and handsome Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62452 10-in. 7/27/1937 Satan takes a holiday Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62573 10-in. 9/7/1937 Love me or leave me Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62574 10-in. 9/7/1937 Blue skies Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62575 10-in. 9/7/1937 So rare Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62675 10-in. 10/11/1937 Queen Isabella Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62676 10-in. 10/11/1937 Old King Cole Edgar Hayes Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62677 10-in. 10/11/1937 Shindig Edgar Hayes Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62678 10-in. 10/11/1937 Let's love Edgar Hayes Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62679 10-in. 10/11/1937 I know now Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62680 10-in. 10/11/1937 Sweetheart Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hayes, Edgar," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110530.

Hayes, Edgar. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110530.

"Hayes, Edgar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110530

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