Roland Hayes

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Birthday
3, 1887
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Jan 1, 1977 (89)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
3, 1887
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Jan 1, 1977 (89)

About

Classical music singer who was the first black man to gain international renown for his concert performances. He performed Italian, German, and French songs.

Before Fame

Quitting school at age thirteen to help his family, he often sang on street corners for tips.

Trivia

His first two recitals cost him his own money, which he earned by singing tours of black universities and churches in the South, but their wide acclaim brought him attention.

Family Life

He was born in Curryville, Georgia, the son of tenant farmers on the same plantation where his mother worked in slavery.

Associated With

He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, alongside many other African American luminaries like Ray Charles and Isaac Hayes.

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