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Dick Haymes
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    (September 13, 1918-March 28, 1980)
    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Singer and actor
    Performed with the bands of Harry James, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey
    Recorded the singles 'It Can't Be Wrong' (1943), 'You'll Never Know' (1943), 'I'll Get By' (1944), 'Til the End of Time' (1945), 'It Might As Well Be Spring' (1945), 'How Are Things in Glocca Mora' (1947), 'Mam'selle' (1947), 'I Wish I Didn't Love You So' (1947), 'Little White Lies' (1948), 'It's Magic' (1948), 'Room Full of Roses' (1949), 'The Old Master Painter' (1949) and 'Count Every Star' (1950)
    With Helen Forrest recorded the singles 'Long Ago (And Far Away)' (1944), 'It Had To Be You' (1944), 'Together' (1944), 'I'll Buy That Dream' (1945), 'Some Sunday Morning' (1945), 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' (1946), 'Oh! What It Seemed To Be' (1946) and 'In Love In Vain' (1946)
    Appeared in the films 'Four Jills in a Jeep' (1944), 'State Fair' (1945), 'The Shocking Miss Pilgrim' (1947), 'One Touch of Venus' (1948), 'St. Benny the Dip' (1951) and 'Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood' (1976)
    To avoid the draft in WWII, he declared himself a 'resident alien,' based on his birth in Argentina.
    That decision came back to bite him in the ass when he traveled to Hawaii (when it was still a territory rather than a state) without notifying immigration authorities, who nearly deported him to Argentina when he tried to return to the mainland US (1953).
    He was married six times, divorced five times.
    His last wife had separated from him, but he died before she finished filing for divorce.
    Ex-wife Rita Hayworth claimed he beat her.
    He got into deep financial trouble, owing back taxes to the IRS and alimony and child support to several ex-wives.
    He filed for bankruptcy, with $9 in his bank account and debts over $500,000 (1960).
    He had one of the best baritones in pop music.
    In the 40s, Frank Sinatra considered Haymes his greatest rival.
    He was a frequent volunteer for the USO during WWII.
    He believed the attempt to deport him was engineered by Columbia Pictures mogul Harry Cohn in an effort to break up his romance with Rita Hayworth.
    On his last recordings, made a year before his death, his voice sounded just as good as it did on his 40s hits.
    He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for records and radio.

Credit: C. Fishel

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