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Bill Hayes is a long-time American dramatic actor and former Billboard Hot 100 #1 recording artist. Following a 20 year-long successful career as a musician, he achieved fame as an actor as he began playing Doug Williams on NBC's long-running daytime serial Days of Our Lives in 1970. Hayes originated the character of Doug and is the only actor to ever play that role.
At this time, 42 years after his first appearance, he is still appearing in the same role on Days of Our Lives. Mr. Hayes was a singer on the Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. During the Davy Crockett craze in 1955, three recorded versions of the Ballad of Davy Crockett were in the top 30. Hayes' version was the most popular, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.
He also starred on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953). He had other small hits in the 1950s including "The Berry Tree" and covers of "High Noon" and "Wringle, Wrangle". "Wringle Wrangle" was his only other Hot 100 hit, reaching #33 in 1957.