The Musical Hayes Family of West Virginia by Dana W. Smith II

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"   I have wanted to be able to pass along the tales
of my family for a long time, as they were first told to me by my grandmother. She
used to tell me these stories many times, and I sat mesmerized in adoration at
the life she put into retelling them. Both of her parents came from large
families composed of musicians, dancers, actors, and entertainers. There are
stories that include vaudeville, Hollywood, and encounters with musical icons
such as John Philip Sousa, Henry
Fillmore, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Red Nichols, Red Ingle, Art Mooney, Stan Kenton,
Lawrence Welk, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Glenn Miller, Les Paul, Van
Cliburn, Elton John, and many others.   All of these accounts trail back to a family
with a home base of Pricetown, West Virginia, in rural Wetzel County. The Musical Hayes Family of West Virginia
begins with my great-great-grandfather Henry Spencer Hayes, a violinist born
there in 1858. It continues with the stories of many of his descendants,
totaling 14 children, 32 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, 147 2nd-great-grandchildren,
107 3rd-great-grandchildren, and two recent family additions
beginning the newest generation of 4th-great-grandchildren. A lot of
these descendants inherited the genes and became musicians themselves. Although
these fascinating stories were originally intended for my family, those who
knew the Hayes family and anyone with a love of music and family will surely
find an interest as well.   The Musical Hayes Family of West Virginia is a family tree nurtured by love with roots deep in
music. It is over 340 pages (92,700 words) in length and includes 268 family photos. All images are printed in black & white.   This book is dedicated in loving memory to ""MawMaw,"" Ruth Hayes Smith (1926-2006)."

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Published December 5, 2007 by AuthorHouse. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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