Henry Hayes (musician)

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Henry Hayes (musician)
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Birth nameHenrilyn Georgette Hayes, Jr.
Born (1923-08-05) August 5, 1923 (age 100)
Marlin, TX, United States
  • Musician
  • educator
  • independent record company
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
  • Kangaroo Records
  • Top Tracks
  • Diamond Mine
  • Acrobat Records
  • Blue Moon Rhythm & Blues
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Prarie View University
  • Texas Southern University

Henry Hayes (born 1924) was a musician, educator, and independent record company founder.[1] He established several independent labels and co-founded Kangaroo Records.[2] Hayes played the alto sax.[3]

He was born Henrilyn Georgette Hayes, Jr. in Dallas.[4] He worked as a public school teacher and laived in Houston's Third Ward. He was recorded on singles for various labels. Kangaroo recorded at Gold Star Studiio.[5] He was an influence on other musicians.[6]

He was part of groups known as the Four Kings, Rhythm Kings, and Henry Hayes Orchestra.[1]

He and M. (Mel) L. Young recorded Albert Collins and Joe Hughes on Kangaroo Records. Collins' instrumental song "The Freeze" became a hit.[1][3] Hughes first recordings were with Kangaroo.[7]

Hayes discography

  • "Bowlegged Angeline"
  • "Baby Girl Blues"

Kangaroo records discography

  • "The Freeze" Albert Collins /
  • "Collins Shuffle"[8] Albert Collins (1958)
  • "I Can't Go On This Way" /
  • "Make Me Dance Little Ant" Joe Hughes[9]
  • "Two Big Feet"
  • "Call of the Kangaroo"
  • "It Taies Money" /
  • "Stop Smackin' That Wax"
  • "I Want a Big White Cadillac for Christmas" Joey Carr
  • "Rock 'n' Roll Santa" Joey Carr
  • Smackin' That Wax: The Kangaroo Records Story, 1959-1964 (1992), compilation[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bradley, Andy; Wood, Roger (March 1, 2010). House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292783249 – via Google Books.
  2. Wood, Charles Roger; Fraher, James (April 1, 2003). Down in Houston: Bayou City blues. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292791596 – via Google Books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rubin, Dave (January 1, 2007). Inside the Blues: 1942 to 1982. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781423416661 – via Google Books.
  4. Eagle, Bob L.; LeBlanc, Eric S. (May 1, 2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313344244 – via Google Books.
  5. Bradley, Andy; Wood, Roger (April 1, 2010). House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292719194 – via Google Books.
  6. Larkin, Colin (April 28, 1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues. Virgin. ISBN 9780753502266 – via Google Books.
  7. Jasinski, Laurie E. (February 22, 2012). Handbook of Texas Music. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 9780876112977 – via Google Books.
  8. Greensmith, Bill; Camarigg, Mark; Rowe, Mike (September 30, 2015). Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252097508 – via Google Books.
  9. "Living Blues". Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi. April 28, 2003 – via Google Books.
  10. http://www.worldcat.org.nz/title/smackin-that-wax-the-kangaroo-records-story-1959-1964/oclc/045536770

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