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Story | Sep 20, 2013 | 12:41 PMRoland Hayes, born in 1887 to former slaves-turned-impoverished tenant farmers, was in his teens when he heard a recording of the great tenor Caruso and knew that he had found his calling. By the mid-1920s, despite being barred from some venues because of the color of his skin, Hayes was world-renowned and had become the highest-paid classical singer in the country.