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|
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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