Friday, November 25, 2011

This Day in History November 26, 1933

I suppose I am in a minority in this, but this singer whose birthday would have been today was one I really enjoyed--even though his time in the spotlight was already past by the time I heard of him.  Anyone recognize him?  It is none other than Robert Goulet, and on this date in 1933, he was born Lawrence, Massachusetts.  While he was initially interested in singing, stage fright paralyzed him when he was very young.  It was his father's words as his father lay dying that inspired Robert Goulet to resume singing.

He was originally known (in this country) for creating the role on Broadway of Sir Lancelot in the musical Camelot alongside Richard Burton and Julie Andrews (1961).  It was this recording that introduced his magnificent voice to me.  In fact, I struggle to watch the movie version because no one can sing If Ever I Would Leave You like he could.  I had not realized that he won and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award--that is pretty impressive.

While he died on October 30, 2007, his recordings and memories will not be forgotten.  He is still remembered as one of the greatest baritones of recent times.  His voice does indeed evoke feelings of romance and a time long-forgotten.  He was a trained singer unlike the majority of the singers we have now.  I'm not trying to put down our pop singers of today, but it is true that the vast majority of them are not nearly as versatile in this day and age.

If you would like to read a biography of him and get more information on his career, check out these links:

I think this is great!  I am a Judy Garland fan as well!

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