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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, United States, 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 23, 1904 (Lexington), Died June 28, 1979 (San Bernardino)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1938

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

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Recordings (Results 26-40 of 40 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62677 10-in. 10/11/1937 Shindig Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 62678 10-in. 10/11/1937 Let's love Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
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  
Decca 62681 10-in. 10/11/1937 When you and I were young, Maggie Edgar Hayes Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63157 10-in. 1/14/1938 Meet the band Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63158 10-in. 1/14/1938 Fugitive from a harem Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63159 10-in. 1/14/1938 Swingin' in the promised land Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63160 10-in. 1/14/1938 Barbary Coast blues Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63294 10-in. 2/17/1938 Help me Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63295 10-in. 2/17/1938 Without you Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63296 10-in. 2/17/1938 You're my first thought every morning Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63297 10-in. 2/17/1938 In the mood Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63298 10-in. 2/17/1938 Star dust Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63299 10-in. 2/17/1938 Sophisticated swing Edgar Hayes Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
(Results 26-40 of 40 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hayes, Edgar," accessed June 17, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110530.

Hayes, Edgar. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110530.

"Hayes, Edgar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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