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The Four Knights - 82% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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The singing of Gene Alford was framed by the backing harmonies of Oscar Broadway, Clarence Dixon and John Wallace (who also strummed guitar). From regular performances in the late 40s on radio stations local to their native Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, the Knights graduated to television, providing musical interludes on nationally broadcast situation comedies starring Arthur Read more

Gisele MacKenzie - 79% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Gisele Marie Louise Marguerite La Fleche, 10 January 1927, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 5 September 2003, Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA. Encouraged into music by her father, a doctor who played violin, and her mother, a singer and organist, MacKenzie attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as a teenager, where she studied classical violin. Informally, s Read more

Ruby Murray - 73% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 March 1935, Belfast, Northern Ireland, d. 17 December 1996, Torquay, Devon, England One of the most popular singers in the UK during the 50s, Murray toured Ulster as a child singer in various variety shows, and, after being spotted by producer Richard Afton, made her television debut at the age of 12. Stringent Irish laws regarding child performers held her back for two y Read more

The Avons - 65% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Sisters-in-law Valerie (1936, Willesden, London, England) and Elaine Murtagh (b. 1940, County Cork, Eire) originally performed as the Avon Sisters. After being discovered singing at the 1958 BBC Radio Exhibition, they signed to UK Columbia Records where they recorded with producer Norrie Paramor. Their debut was ‘Which Witch Doctor’ with the Mudlarks and their debu Read more

Joan Weber - 64% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 2000s
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1936, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA, d. 13 May 1981, Ancora, New Jersey, USA. Weber had a number 1 hit in the USA in January 1955, but was unable to follow up that success. The record was ‘Let Me Go Lover’, released on Columbia Records. Weber was 18 when she met manager Eddie Joy, who brought her to Charles Randolph Grean who worked in A&R at the famed Brill Build Read more

The Fontane Sisters - 61% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The line-up of this close-harmony 50s US vocal group, whose initial success was achieved by making cover versions of black R&B records, comprised Marge Rosse (New Milford, New Jersey, USA; lead), Bea Rosse (b. New Milford, New Jersey, USA; low harmony) and Geri Rosse (b. New Milford, New Jersey, USA; harmony). Their mother was a choral director and organist. After leavin Read more

David Whitfield - 45% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Christian & Gospel Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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2 February 1925, Hull, Yorkshire, England, d. 15 January 1980, Sydney, Australia. A popular ballad singer in the UK during the 50s, with a tenor voice that proved to be suitable for light opera. After working as a labourer, and singing in local clubs, Whitfield spent some time in the merchant navy before signing to Decca Records and having hits in 1953 with ‘Bridge Of S Read more

Gogi Grant - 45% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, 20 September 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pop vocalist Grant was apparently named after a New York restaurant called Gogi’s La Rue, which was frequented by Dave Kapp, head of A&R at RCA Records. She had previously recorded, without success, as Audrey Brown and Audrey Grant, but as Gogi Grant she hit the US Top 10 in 1955 with the b Read more

Kitty Kallen - 44% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s
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Joni James - 42% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Giovanna Carmella Babbo, 22 September 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Growing up during the Depression years, James attended drama and dance lessons and organized a ballet club in high school. Following graduation, she worked as a dancer and began singing. In 1952 she recorded her first tracks for MGM Records, with the second single, ‘Why Don’t You Believe Me’, Read more

Tab Hunter - 39% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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Arthur Gelien, 11 July 1931, New York City, New York, USA. This blond-haired, blue-eyed pop vocalist/actor was spotted in 1948, working at a stable, by talent scout Dick Clayton. He introduced him to Rock Hudson’s Hollywood agent Harry Wilson, who said ‘We’ve got to tab you something’, then named him Tab Hunter. He made his screen debut in the 1950 movieT Read more

The Ames Brothers - 29% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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This family group from Malden, Massachusetts, USA, was consistently popular from the late 40s through the 50s. Brothers Joe Urick (3 May 1924), Gene Urick (b. 13 February 1925), Vic Urick (b. 20 May 1926, d. 23 January 1978, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) and Ed Urick (b. 9 July 1927, Malden, Massachusetts, USA) started singing together in high school and won several amateur con Read more

Freddy Martin - 25% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1906, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 30 September 1983. After starting out on drums and C-melody saxophone, Martin switched to playing tenor saxophone. He led his own band while still at high school, then became a sideman in various local bands. After a few years, he began attracting attention for his smooth and competent musicianship. Guy Lombardo and his brothers hear Read more

Lenny Welch - 22% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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15 May 1938, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. Treading the same path as Johnny Mathis, Welch built his career singing pop tunes with a hint of R&B flavour and a succinct sweetness in the voice. He began singing professionally in 1958, and signed with Archie Bleyer’s Cadence label in 1960. His record was a remake of an old Jerry Vale hit, ‘You Don’t Know Me Read more

Jerry Keller - 21% match to Bill Hayes

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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20 June 1938, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA. After moving to Tulsa in 1944 Keller formed the Lads Of Note Quartet in the 50s before joining the Tulsa Boy Singers. He won a talent contest organized by band leader Horace Heidt which earned him the vocalist job with Jack Dalton’s Orchestra. He then spent nine months as a disc jockey in Tulsa before moving to New York in 1956. Read more


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