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This Day in Georgia History

June 03, 1887

Roland Hayes Born

Famous African-American tenor Roland Hayes was born in Calhoun, Georgia. He debuted in Boston in 1917, though his fame came after performing for Britain’s king and queen in 1921. During a nationwide tour in 1924, Hayes performed more than 80 concerts. He also published his own arrangements of Negro spirituals in “My Songs” in 1948. Hayes died on Jan. 1, 1977. In 1991, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.