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Hayes was a singer on the Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. He had a supporting role in the 1952 black comedy Stop, You're Killing Me. During the Davy Crockett craze in 1955, three recorded versions of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" were in the top 30. Hayes' version was the most popular: It was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He also starred on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953). Hayes had other small hits in the 1950s, including "The Berry Tree" and covers of "High Noon" and "Wringle, Wrangle"; the latter was his only other Hot 100 hit, reaching number 33 in 1957.

On Days of Our Lives, Hayes was introduced as a convict who was also a lounge singer. The character of Doug returned in 1986 and 1987 as well as 1993 and 1996. Later, he was on the show from 1999 onwards. His character was killed off in the spring of 2004 by Dr. Marlena Evans. In an elaborate plot hatched by head writer James E. Reilly, Doug turned up alive on a tropical island and went home to his wife.

In 2017, World by the Tail, a documentary about Bill Hayes's life, was released online. On June 27, 2017, while present in the show's audience, Hayes was featured in an impromptu interview on a web special for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; in his heyday, he had been a guest on the Johnny Carson-hosted version of the show.


Original Broadway Production, 1953

Bill Hayes Productions

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Bill Hayes Movies

[1952]Stop, You're Killing Me ChancellorChanceWhitelaw

[1963]The Cardinal Frank

[1990]Wrestling with God Thom Campbell

[2001]China: The Panda Adventure Narrator

[2002]9 Dead Gay Guys Dirty OleIrish Tramp

[2004]Childstar Hockey Announcer

Bill Hayes TV Shows

Days of Our Lives Doug Williams, Byron Carmichael

Bill Hayes News

Musical Theatre Melodies Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Carol Channing in LORELEI With Lee Roy Reams

Musical Theatre Melodies, hosted by Rob Morrison, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Carol Channing in Lorelei (based on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) by Jule Styne, Leo Robin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, featuring an interview with original cast member, Tony Award nominee Lee Roy Reams, on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, January 30th,

Bryan Cranston Reflects on Working With Bill Hayes on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Bryan Cranston recently reflected on his work with the late Bill Hayes in a comment on the actor's obituary on Deadline. Cranston worked with Hayes on Days Of Our Lives, what he describes as one of his first professional acting jobs.

Stage and Screen Star Bill Hayes Has Passed Away at 98

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Bill Hayes, star of many musicals throughout the 1950s, playing leading man to stars such as Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson, and Carol Lawrence, has passed away at the age of 98.

Silver Palm Awards 2022-2023 Honorees Announced!

The Silver Palm Awards for the 2022-2023 season have been announced! The awards will be presented at The Addison of Boca Raton on October 16, 2023. Join us in celebrating the outstanding work of theater artists in South Florida. Tickets are available at

Musical Theatre Melodies to Celebrate 70th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ME AND JULIET

The next Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast, hosted by Rob Morrison on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, May 30 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical ME AND JULIET from the original 1953 Broadway cast recording starring Isabel Bigley, Bill Hayes, Joan McCracken, Mark Dawson, Arthur Maxwell and Bill Fortier.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE Original Broadway Cast Recording to be Released This Month

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of Mrs. Doubtfire (Original Broadway Cast Recording) in digital and streaming formats on June 22 and is available to pre-save now.

Photo Flash: February First's THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater by Stewart Green

Susie Mosher returns for a new round of shows, and she's not slowing down, as Stewart Green's photos show.

David Young Wins NATS 2022 National Musical Theatre Competition

(NEW YORK) - David Young placed first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2022 National Musical Theatre Competition on Saturday, January 8 at the Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music.

Photo Flash: October 19th THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater Photo'd by Stewart Green

Susie Mosher welcomed the beautiful and the fashionable to last week's installment of THE LINEUP.

Photos: MARK WILLIAM Returns to The Green Room 42

Mark William returned to his home turf, The Green Room 42, on Saturday night for the first time in 18 months.

BWW Review: BILL HAYES AND THE JAZZ BANDITS Sweeten A Night Out At The West Bank Cafe

Steve Olsen is presenting great music to go with the great food at his cherished Hell's Kitchen haunt.

Prestigious Line-Up of Star Power Fills WESTBANK CAFE Music Schedule For May

As Manhattan re-opens, the clubs are offering live music once more. 42nd Street hot spot The Westbank Cafe has some fine talent lined up for their guests.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Stars Celebrate 55 Years on NBC With Virtual Day of Days Fan Event

In celebration of one of the most iconic and enduring series in daytime television and on the heels of its 55th anniversary, the stars of NBC's longest-running drama, 'Days of our Lives,' will be continuing its annual 'Day of Days' tradition with a special virtual fan event on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Lauren Carr Wins NATS 2020 National Music Theater Competition

Lauren Carr placed first in the NATS 2020 National Music Theater Competition on Saturday evening, January 11, in The Roosevelt Hotel Grand Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. A 2019 alumna of Elmhurst College, Carr collected $7,500 in cash and prizes. She currently studies with Jennifer Mather.

NBC Announces DAYS OF OUR LIVES Fan Event

To celebrate one of the most iconic and enduring series on daytime television, the stars of NBC's long-running drama “Days of our Lives” will be meeting fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood.

KRITZERLAND Offers a Delectable Brunch Matinee

On Sunday June 2, Kritzerland celebrated its 99th performance with a special brunch matinee at Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's, entitled June Is Brunching Out All Over. It was supposed to be a tribute to Harry Warren, but as host Bruce Kimmel explained, it's often better to throw in a few other songs from different the show was a mix...and delightful with musical director Richard Allen at the keys and a bevy of exceedingly talented singers including special guest Bill Hayes...Kim Huber, Kelley Dorney, Jenna Lea Rosen, Robert Yacko, Damon Kirsche and Bruce Kimmel himself perfoming a lovely solo number 'Hushabye Mountain' by the Sherman Brothers for the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

JUNE IS BRUNCHING OUT ALL OVER At Kritzerland Upstairs At Vitello's

For the 99th Kritzerland show, it's an eclectic show that is so eclectic it's not even happening at the usual evening time. No, this Kritzerland show is happening at brunch. 

Photo Coverage: IRVING BERLIN'S HOLIDAY INN Opens at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, based on the film from Universal Pictures, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge.

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Carols For A Cure Tributes the Late Jan Maxwell

Below, check out exclusive photos of the band recording a special tribute to the late Jan Maxwell- 'Over the Rainbow.'

Memorial Service for Jan Maxwell to Be Held June 4; Jayne Houdyshell, Mary Beth Peil, and More to Attend

A memorial service for beloved five-time Tony Award-nominated actress Jan Maxwell will be held on Monday, June 4 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre


Bill Hayes has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Bill Hayes has not appeared in the West End.

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