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     Hayman, Richard (27th March 1920-5th February 2014)

    He is an orchestral conductor, arranger, composer and harmonic player born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He began his professional career as a member of the Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals, who he would also arrange music for, and by the early 1940s he would soon move onto MGM Studios. Often uncredited he was an arranger on the films Meet Me In St. Louis and Girl Crazy among many others.  During WWII in 1945 he became musical director for the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra and he followed that in 1950 by becoming Chief Arranger for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra who he would stay with for over three decades.  These arrangements are still used by the current orchestra in their concerts and recordings. As a recording artist in his own right he had several hit singles in the 1950s including "Ruby" that was taken from the film Ruby Gentry, "April in Portugal" and "Theme from the Threepenny Opera".   He later moved on to take the post of conductor of the Pops Orchestras of the Saint Louis Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestra London Canada, the Hartford Symphony and the Detroit Symphony.  He is a leading guest conductor for many international orchestras and his own compositions are regularly played as part of Pops orchestra repertoires.  In 1979 he was awarded the title McDonnell Douglas Principal Pops Conductor.   In 2010 he performed as the Pops Conductor Emeritus with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in celebration of his 90th birthday.  After entering a hospice in New York he passed away in February 2014 when he was 93 years old.

     

     

    Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra recordings

     

    Leroy Anderson

    Blue Tango 

    Naxos 8.990011 (CD: Waltzing Cat)

     

    Fiddle Faddle 

    Naxos 8.990011 (CD: Waltzing Cat)

     

    Irish Suite

    Naxos 8.555016 (CD: Irish Rhapsody)

     

    Naxos 8.990018 (CD: Irish Rhapsody)

     

    Plink, Plank, Plunk!

    Naxos 8.559125 (CD: Anderson: Orchestral Favourites)

     

    Naxos 8.990011 (CD: The Waltzing Cat)

     

    Promenade

    Naxos 8.559125 (CD: Anderson: Orchestral Favourites)

     

    The Syncopated Clock

    Naxos 8.559125 (CD: Anderson: Orchestral Favourites)

     

    The Typewriter

    Naxos 8.559125 (CD: Anderson: Orchestral Favourites)

     

    Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra recordings

     

    Leroy Anderson

    A Christmas Festival

    Naxos 8.990005 (CD: A Christmas Festival)

    Conductor - Richard Hayman 

     

    Sleigh Ride

    Naxos 8.990006 (CD: Silent Night)

    Conductor - Richard Hayman 

     

    Naxos 8.990013 (CD: Joy to the World)

    Conductor - Richard Hayman 

     

    Song of the Bells

    Naxos 8.990013 (CD: Joy to the World)

    Conductor - Richard Hayman 

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.slso.org/musc/hayman.htm
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hayman
    3. http://www.spaceagepop.com/hayman.htm

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