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Today in WMH: Caruso records Cohan

Image7/11 Today in Weird Music History: 1918.  Italian tenor Enrico Caruso wanted to help the war effort as WWI drew to a close.  He naturally turned to music, and records the popular song, Over There, a major hit by All-American songster, George M. Cohan.  But Caruso’s English pronunciation was spotty, so he was coached by his newlywed, Dorothy Park Benjamin on diction.  Despite all that, “Johnny” comes out as “Gianni,” and the later verse is sung in Italian on the recording.   It’s a wonderful examination of Caruso the Italian who had lived and performed in New York. Here’s a link to this historic and unusual recording:

http://www.enricocaruso.dk/musicdetails.php?mid=78

 

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