RICHARD CROOKS - AUTOGRAPH 1938 CO-SIGNED BY: FREDERICK SCHAUWECKER - HFSID 296740
Sale Price $126.00
RICHARD CROOKS, FREDERICK SCHAUWECKER
Dated in 1938, Crooks signs near the peak of his opera and radio popularity. Also signed by his accompanying pianist Frederick Schauwecker.
Signature: "Richard Crooks/1938" and "Frederick Schauwecker", 5x3¼ album leaf. American tenor Richard Crooks (1900-1972) made his operatic debut in 1927 in Hamburg, Germany as Cavaradossi, the role in which he made his American debut in Philadelphia three years later. Crooks made his debut at the Metropolitan opera in 1933 and remained with the company for the next decade. He is best known, however, for his recordings of ballads and for his hundreds of radio broadcasts, especially as a regular on The Voice of Firestone (from 1932). It was on that program in 1945 that Crooks failed to hit a high note, and he retired on the spot. Frederick Sschuawecker, active from 1936 to 1959, was the accompanying pianist for tenorJussi Björling and his orchestra as it toured The U.S. from 1945 to 1949. Toned at edges. Filing holes at left edge. 2x½-inch piece missing from left. Otherwise, fine condition.
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