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Joe Haymes

Arranger, Bandleader

(1908 - 1964)

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Song--"I'se a Muggin'" at dismuk...
Joe Haymes had a knack for putting together top-notch bands but lacked the business acumen to lead them. In 1934 his band was taken over by Buddy Rogers; the 1935 band was hired away by Tommy Dorsey who made it one of the top bands of the Swing Era; Les Brown led his touring band in 1938; and when Ray Noble came to the U.S. his group was basically a Joe Haymes band.

As a youth Haymes worked in a traveling circus as a trapeze artist and drummer for the band. He taught himself piano and wrote arrangements for local dance bands before signing on as an arranger with the Ted Weems orchestra.

Haymes formed his first orchestra in 1930 and hired The Merry Macs, a vocal group who became quite popular. His dance band received critical raves if not commercial success. The band introduced “I Cover the Waterfront” and recorded other ballads and lighthearted fare such as “I’se a Muggin’” and “Hey, Hey, Have You Had Your Corn Today.”

During the ‘40s Haymes freelanced for other bands, did studio work, and eventually disappeared from the music scene.

- Sandra Burlingame

Joe Haymes and His Orchestra, 1932-1936

Joe Haymes (pictured above)

Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955

Various Artists (Includes Joe Haymes)

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