Legendary Song Stylist

Dick Haymes

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Legendary Song Stylist Review

by William Ruhlmann

This British compilation is a miscellaneous collection of 19 tracks recorded by Dick Haymes for Decca between 1943 and 1947, plus the 1941 track "You've Changed," cut when he was the male vocalist in Harry James' Orchestra. Nine of the songs were chart hits for Haymes, including "Oh! What It Seemed to Be!" and "Long Ago (And Far Away)," which were duets with Helen Forrest, and "For You, For Me, Forevermore," a duet with Judy Garland. Many of Haymes' major hits are missing, and in their place are his covers of other people's hits and songs from shows such as Finian's Rainbow ("When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?") and Annie Get Your Gun ("The Girl That I Marry"). The sequencing is random. Among the many Haymes compilations on the market, this is another one.

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