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Songwriter Kendall Hayes born in Perryville 1935

Songwriter Kendall Hayes was born in Perryville, KY on October 6, 1935.  His most notable song was “Walk On By” that LeRoy Van Dyke made popular, then it was recorded by more than 150 artists – memorable to most by Dionne Warwick.  read more on that here

here is his obituary that ran in the New York Times:

Kendall L. Hayes; Songwriter, 59

Published: February 15, 1995

DANVILLE, Ky., Feb. 14— Kendall L. Hayes, a country-music songwriter whose song “Walk On By” was recorded by 150 artists, died on Friday at his home here in Danville, Kentucky. He was 59.

The cause was liver cancer, his family said.

Mr. Hayes, whose other big hit was “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” recorded by Johnny Wright, also performed in Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960’s.

In 1961, Leroy Van Dyke’s version of “Walk On By” was No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s country singles chart for 19 weeks, and reached No. 5 on the pop chart.

Billboard named the Van Dyke recording the top-charting country record of all time in its 100th-anniversary edition, published in November. “Walk On By” was also recorded by Asleep at the Wheel, Donna Fargo and the rockabilly artist Robert Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Danville; two sons, James, of Lexington, Ky., and Michael, of Fort Worth, and a brother, Harman, of St. Louis.

2 Responses to “Songwriter Kendall Hayes born in Perryville 1935”

  1. DaveNo Gravatar says:

    Dionne Warwick sang a completely different ‘Walk on by’ written by Burt Bachrach.

  2. bradsNo Gravatar says:

    Dave, that’s the song I remember as a kid. Good song.


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