March 14, 1915. Lee Hays was born on this date in Little Rock Arkansas. He was best known as a member of the Weavers with Pete Seeger, who were among the first people to make folk music commercially successful. Hays co-wrote "If I Had A Hammer," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," and "Wasn't That A Time," among other hits. He was also, with Alan Arkin, a member of the Baby Sitters, who made classic children's albums in the 1950s.
So what is he doing on this page? He wrote four short mystery stories, the first of which, "A Banquet and A Half," appeared in Ellery Queen in October 1954, won a prize, and has been reprinted on both sides of the Atlantic. You can read another of his stories here.