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Clarence Leonard Hayes, 14 November 1908, Caney, Kansas, USA, d. 13 March 1972, San Francisco, California, USA. Hayes played various instruments in his childhood, concentrating on banjo during his career as a singer and entertainer in vaudeville. By the late 20s he was broadcasting regularly on radio, and in the late 30s he teamed up with Lu Watters to become a leading light in the San Francisco chapter of the revival movement. During the early 40s Hayes made many concert appearances and records with Watters and also played drums on a recording with Bunk Johnson. In the 50s he continued his revivalist career, working with Bob Scobey. He subsequently had a successful solo career and made a number of popular albums, includingSwingin Minstrel which featured leading jazzmen such as Jess Stacy, Ralph Sutton and, surprisingly, Shelly Manne. Hayes cheery singing, presented in the manner of the vaudevillian he was at heart, endeared him to a wide audience. He...