I’d been involved in a discussion about operatic tenors in the office last week. Not the norm I must admit, though it’s not the first time we’ve had a debate on the subject. My mate likes Gigli whereas I reckon he’s too much of a belter and prefer the effortless voice of Pavarotti. Another of my favourites is the bel canto tenor Raul Gimenez. Anyway, too cut a long boring story short I remembered an old wax ’78 that my folks used to have with a song that was my introduction to operatic tenors…but could I remember the singer’s name?
It took me a week of not thinking about it at all, then today out of the blue a name popped into my head – Tino Rossi. Result! My brain may be slow, but it gets there in the end.
We had to play our gramaphone through an old tube radio. Although the record deck was decidedly more modern than the one in the clip below (1950’s I believe) the sound was about the same.
As the record hisses and crackles as it turns, I can almost smell our old gramaphone’s stuffy felt lining and sense the heaviness of its industrial weight turntable. Smells and sounds of a time long past.
and for Oldmortality…
Don’t say I’m not good to you. 😀