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Roland Hayes (Composer)

Born: 3rd June 1887, Curryville, Georgia, United States

Died: 1st January 1977, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nationality: American

Roland Hayes was an American lyric tenor and composer. Critics lauded his abilities and linguistic skills demonstrated with songs in French, German and Italian. Earlier African-American concert artists were not recorded because in their day recording companies were only interested in a vaudeville type of singer. Hayes was one of the first to break this barrier and in 1939 he recorded with Columbia. Earlier both Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson had recorded from the classical repertoire.