Tuesday, 13 September 2016
A lovely Dick
It would have been the birthday today of Mr Dick Haymes.
Who? I hear the youngsters out there ask...
Mr Haymes was quite simply one of the most popular singers of the Big Band era and beyond - in his day he was a genuine rival to the likes of Bing and Frank. As this clip proves, he certainly had the looks and vocal tone of what would latterly become known as "a heartthrob":
Do You Love Me?
Unfortunately, plagued by drink problems (and seemingly, a wandering eye - he married six times, once to Rita Hayworth), his career was never a straightforward success story, and, despite several attempts at "comebacks" in Europe and America, he died a largely forgotten man.
Such a shame.
But he and Betty Grable made a good go of it when they got together again on 1970s variety TV:
The More I See You
Richard Benjamin "Dick" Haymes (13th September 1918 – 28th March 1980)