Joseph Lawrence Haymes (10 February 1907 – 10 July 1964) was an American jazz bandleader and arranger.
Born in Marshfield, Missouri, United States, Haymes relocated with his family to Springfield, Missouri, after his railroader father was killed in an accident. Joe attended Greenwood Laboratory School in Springfield and was a drummer in the local Boy Scout Band; as a youth he also learned the piano. Entering Drury College in 1926, he played locally with his own dance band before being hired as arranger by Ted Weems in 1928 and leaving school. Haymes arranged the hit "Piccolo Pete", among many others, for Weems, setting a new, highly jazz-informed style for the orchestra.
Haymes struck out on his own again in 1930, leading a band in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Billed as "a Ted Weems unit", Joe continued to write Weems' arrangements. During 1931 vocal trio The Merry Macs toured with the band. Relocating to New York City by 1932, the Haymes orchestra was briefly one of the country's hottest dance bands, with a particular knack for jazz novelties and recording on all 3 major labels, but in late 1933 he sold the band to actor-leader Buddy Rogers, beginning a habit of selling orchestras to others.
Early in 1934, Haymes put together a swing group with assistance from arranger Spud Murphy, but after Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey split in 1935, Tommy arranged a deal with Haymes to take over the latter's group. Haymes himself hired several of Charlie Barnet's musicians for a new band, which recorded for ARC from 1935-1937 but was only modestly successful.
Haymes toured as an arranger with Les Brown in 1938, re-formed in 1939, and then found work writing and arranging anonymously for radio. He was briefly inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served as a medical orderly. On his return, he continued arranging for Hollywood studios from the 1940s into the late 1950s, interrupted by spells with Phil Harris and Johnnie Lee Wills. Haymes' chief employer during the 1950s was Lawrence Welk's television show, although he sometimes performed solo in L.A. area piano bars.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 10, 1907 (Marshfield), Died July 10, 1964 (Dallas)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader, songwriter, conductor, vocalist, lyricist, piano, arranger, composer
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 71 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-56899||10-in.||2/16/1931||My favorite band||Parker Gibbs ; Art Jarrett ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-58942||10-in.||7/26/1932||I would do anything for you||Larry Murphy ; Williams' Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-58957||10-in.||8/2/1932||Hot jazz pie||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BSHQ-58959||10-in.||8/2/1932||Hey, hey, have you had your corn today?||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-72617||10-in.||5/4/1932||Old fashioned love in my heart||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Jimmy Underwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BVE-72618||10-in.||5/4/1932||He's the life of the party||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter, director|
|Victor||BVE-72619||10-in.||5/4/1932||Pray for the lights to go out||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Jimmy Underwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||director|
|Victor||BVE-72620||10-in.||5/4/1932||Let's have a party||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||director, lyricist|
|Victor||BSHQ-72652||10-in.||6/7/1932||It's about time||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||conductor|
|Victor||BSHQ-72653||10-in.||6/7/1932||Chuck, chuck, chuckle along||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano, conductor|
|Victor||BSHQ-72654||10-in.||6/7/1932||Why little boy blue was blue||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Larry Murphy||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||conductor|
|Victor||BSHQ-72655||10-in.||6/7/1932||Ev'ry little bit of me (Loves ev'ry little bit of you)||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Jimmy Underwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal chorus||conductor|
|Victor||BSHQ-72897||10-in.||6/14/1932||If it ain't love||Dick Clark Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-72898||10-in.||6/14/1932||Sharing (My love for you)||Mike Doty and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-72899||10-in.||6/14/1932||Hummin' to myself||Jimmy Underwood and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-72900||10-in.||6/14/1932||With summer coming on||Dick Clark and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73001||10-in.||6/14/1932||Lullaby of the leaves||Carl Snyder Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73002||10-in.||6/14/1932||Night shall be filled with music||Roy Wager and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73003||10-in.||6/14/1932||Is I in love? I is||Jimmy Underwood and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73004||10-in.||6/14/1932||I beg your pardon, mademoiselle||Mike Doty and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73005||10-in.||6/14/1932||Am I wasting my time||Roy Wager and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73006||10-in.||6/14/1932||There's oceans of love by the beautiful sea||Carl Snyder Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BSHQ-73031||10-in.||6/23/1932||Can't do without his love||Phil Dooley Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||vocalist|
|Victor||BSHQ-73034||10-in.||6/23/1932||Here's a little package||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BSHQ-73035||10-in.||6/23/1932||The "yes" habit||Phil Dooley Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Haymes, Joe," accessed October 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110531.
Haymes, Joe. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110531.
"Haymes, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 October 2022.
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