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McCormack, John, 1884-1945



  • Existence: 1884-06-14 - 1945-09-16

Biographical Note

Born in 1884 in Athlone, Ireland, and trained in operatics begining in 1903, John McCormack rose to prominence in the US. He became an American citizen in 1917 and was made a papal count by Pope Pius XI in 1928. He toured the world performing a unique repertoire combining classical music, ballads, sacred music and sentimental popular songs and was a pioneering radio performer. His commercial recordings sold in the millions.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Frederick M. Manning collection of John McCormack

Abstract This collection of materials relating to the Irish tenor John McCormack contains papers generated by McCormack during his lifetime, and later artifacts commemorating his singing career. The collection was assembled by Frederick M. Manning, founder and first secretary of the John McCormack Society of America. Materials include McCormack’s manuscript memoirs, correspondence, concert programs, photographs of McCormack, commemorations of his life and career, sheet music, and audio recordings of...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Some audio materials may not be available immediately for use as they will require reformatting; please contact the Burns Library in advance for access to audio materials. McCormack's sheet music cabinet is not available for access at this time due to structural instability.

Dates: 1843 - 1997