b. 27 March 1920, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. As a young man, Hayman taught himself to play the harmonica and accordion, and performed in local bands before moving to the west coast. In the late 30s as a player and an arranger he worked for three years with Borrah MinevitchGÇÖs Harmonica Rascals, and later played with Leo Diamond. He also appeared in vaudeville, and had several GÇÿbitGÇÖ parts in movies. In the early 40s he arranged background music for films such as Girl Crazy (1943), Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) and State Fair (1945). In the late 40s he was arranger for Vaughan Monroe for a long spell, and in the early 50s was musical director and arranger for Bobby Wayne, providing the accompaniment on Wayne hits such as, GÇÿLet Me InGÇÖ and GÇÿOh MisGÇÖrable LoverGÇÖ.
In 1953 he started recording for Mercury Records with his own orchestra, featuring his own harmonica solos, and others by Jerry Murad, leader of the Harmonicats. His hits included GÇÿRubyGÇÖ (from the film, Ruby Gentry), GÇÿApril In PortugalGÇÖ, GÇÿLimelight (TerryGÇÖs Theme)GÇÖ, GÇÿEyes Of BlueGÇÖ (theme from the film, Shane), GÇÿThe Story Of Three LovesGÇÖ (the film title theme), GÇÿOff ShoreGÇÖ and GÇÿSadie ThompsonGÇÖs SongGÇÖ (from the Rita Hayworth movie, Miss Sadie Thompson). His last chart entry, in 1956, was GÇÿA Theme From The Threepenny Opera (Moritat)GÇÖ, featuring pianist Jan August. He also made some recordings under the name of Dick Hayman And The Harmonica Sparklers. He composed several numbers such as GÇÿDanseroGÇÖ, GÇÿNo Strings AttachedGÇÖ, GÇÿSerenade To A Lost LoveGÇÖ, GÇÿCarriage TradeGÇÖ, GÇÿSkipping AlongGÇÖ and GÇÿValse dGÇÖAmourGÇÖ.
For over 30 years Hayman was arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra and in the new millennium he was working as a conductor for various orchestras including the Grand Rapids Symphony.
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