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"David A. Roth" <[log in to unmask]>
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David A. Roth
Tue, 19 May 1992 11:15:20 EST
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In Regards to your letter <[log in to unmask]>:
> For those who may not be familar with Robeson - he was a very talented
> Black singer/actor and athlete of the 30s/40s who felt very strongly
> about Socialism/Communism and become very unpopular in the U.S. I believe
> he spent much of his life in Europe and only recently (the past 20 years)
> was accepted for his talent rather than his political views. He lived from
> 1898-1976. I think he played Shakespeare. He sang "Old Man River" in the
> 30's version of Show Boat demonstrating a marvelous voice.
> Anyone else want to add anything on him?
I became aware of him from a song he sang called "Gloomy Sunday" which
was about a wedding where the bride stood up the groom if I remember
the story correctly.  Although it was a sad song I heard it aired
first on the Doctor Demento Radio Show in the late 1970's which is
a syndicated radio humor show.  I was in college then and I played
it for another student in the school of music who was a vocal major
and I remember him remarking how sad the song was.  He had a great
voice with and wonderful expression.
I wasn't aware of the other things you mentioned about his background.
Are there any films of him performing?