Joe Haymes

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 10th, 1907 (Marshfield), Died Dallas

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader, songwriter, conductor, vocalist, lyricist, piano, arranger, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 61 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  
(Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Haymes, Joe," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110531.

Haymes, Joe. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110531.

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