Dick Haymes

Dick Haymes
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Dick Haymes
Radio: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Dick Haymes
Music: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actor | Singer
Born Richard Haymes on Sept. 13, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died March 28, 1980 of lung cancer in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Swing era vocalist Dick Haymes was one of the big names of the big bands. In the 1940s he rivaled Frank Sinatra, replacing the latter as singer with the bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. But by the 1950s it was over.

Six marriages plus 35 films and alcoholism took its toll. In all he made nine gold records, including "Little White Lies" and "It Might as Well Be Spring."

The last picture, "Cruising Down the River," came in 1955. It was followed by bankruptcy and an effort by the U.S. government to deport him to his native Argentina, where he was born in Buenos Aires in 1916, the son of a wealthy British importer and an American concert singer.

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