William Warfield was born in a sleepy Mississippi River town of West Helena, Arkansas, to a family of sharecroppers. By the time he was thirty years old, he had won rave reviews in a sensational debut at New York's Town Hall. In the course of a career that has spanned more than half a century. his incomparable voice and charismatic personality have electrified the stages of six continents and earned him the title of "America's Musical Ambassador. It is a career that has witnessed both social ferment and show-business revolution. In this uncommonly personal memoir, William Warfield has written a unique history of Twentieth Century America. The serious student of music will find a probing lusciousness of the art and its techniques... but everyone who enjoys the world of entertainment will discover new insights into one of the liveliest periods of American show business history.
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William WarfieldFrom Library Journal:
Warfield's story is unusual for a modern show business biography--he demonstrates that good planning, hard work, honesty, and clean living can bring happiness and success. Born in Arkansas and raised in Rochester, Warfield used the G.I. Bill and nightclub earnings to pay for classical music training. Success came on stage in Porgy and Bess and in the film version of Showboat (1951). However, Warfield's fondest achievement was performing on the world's great concert stages as the leading African American baritone of his day. It was not all triumph. The strain of two busy careers cost him his marriage to Leontyne Price, and his dedication to his art left him very little time for other personal relationships. Yet even through the later stages of his life as a teacher, he retained the joy and awe of music that led him to accomplish so much as an artist and as a man. Recommended.
- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Sagamore Pub Llc, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110915611406
Descripción Sagamore Pub Llc, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0915611406
Descripción Sagamore Pub Llc, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0915611406