A talented pianist best-known for his big band recording of "Stardust," Edgar Hayes never became a major name but he worked steadily throughout his long career. Hayes graduated with a music degree from Wilberforce University. He toured the South with Fess Williams' Orchestra in 1922 and two years later led his Blue Grass Buddies in Ohio. Hayes worked with Lois Deppe (1925) before heading a series of groups including the Eight Black Pirates and his Symphonic Harmonists. Hayes played and arranged for the Mills Blue Rhythm Band during 1931-36, staying with the band after it was taken over by Lucky Millinder. Hayes had his own orchestra during 1937-41, an ensemble that included Kenny Clarke (who proved to be one of the top swing drummers of the period before helping to found bop drumming). Other than Hayes, the band did not have any major soloists but "Stardust" was a surprise hit. After moving to California in 1942 he headed his own quartet throughout the 1940's and then played mostly solo into the 1970's. His big band recorded for Varsity and Decca during 1937-38 (ironically "Stardust" was on their last recording session) and Hayes cut a V-Disc in 1946, two titles in 1947, eight in 1948 and six piano solos (for an album on the Mark label) in 1960. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

1st RECORDING OF: In The Mood - Edgar Hayes (1938)
IN THE MOOD by Edgar Hayes 1938 - HOPPIN'!
STAR DUST by Edgar Hayes 1938
In The Mood / Edgar Hayes & His Orchestra / Original 1938 Decca 78 RPM Transfer
Edgar Hayes - Backwater Blues
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