Fiedler’s score fiddler has gone

Fiedler’s score fiddler has gone


norman lebrecht

February 06, 2014

Richard Hayman, who used to make arrangements for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, has died at 93, a year after his retirment.

He founded the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s pops concerts and conducted them for three decades in spangly jackets.

He was also a&r chief for Mercury Records. Helluva nice guy, say his musicians.


richard hayman


  • John Edward Niles says:

    What a nice guy. I knew him and I worked with him once. Really neat person. I am so sorry to hear this.

    John Ed Niles

  • Chas Reskin says:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Richard as a musician in the Florida Sunshine Pops orchestra (now defunct) for several years during the latter part of his life. Not only was he a renowned arranger for over six decades, but he was also a terrific harmonica virtuoso and composer of many songs, including the mega-hit “Ruby”. He was indeed a warm, friendly and unpretentious man, and he was loved by his musicians and public alike. We’ll miss him.