- Richard Crawford
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(b Rowley, MA, June 27, 1729; d Newburyport, MA, Feb 29, 1792). American tune book compiler and publisher. He worked as a potter and shopkeeper, and served as a clerk and possibly chorister at St Paul’s, Newburyport; his son Daniel, with whom he has been confused, played the organ at St Paul’s from 1776. Bayley began a prolific career as a compiler by bringing out A New and Complete Introduction (5 edns, Newburyport, 1764–8), a composite drawn from successful works by other compilers. In 1768 he published Tans’ur’s Royal Melody Compleat (London, 1754–5 and later edns; 2 edns, Boston, 1767–8), then combined it with Aaron Williams’s Universal Psalmodist (London, 1763 and later edns), and under the title The American Harmony issued four editions between 1769 and 1774. Towards the end of the American Revolution, Bayley pirated the title and partial contents of another popular work, Andrew Law’s ...