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Webster Booth

Webster Booth (21 January 1902 – 21 June 1984) was an English tenor, best remembered as the duettist partner of Anne Ziegler. He was also one of the finest tenors of his generation and was a distinguished oratorio soloist.

He was a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral (1911–1915) and made his professional stage debut with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, where he performed from 1923 to 1927. He made his West End Debut in The Three Musketeers in 1930. He began recording for HMV in 1929 and made over 500 solo recordings and many duet recordings with Anne Ziegler. He and Ziegler embarked on their famous duettist variety act in 1940. They starred in three musical plays, "The Vagabond King" (1943), "Sweet Yesterday" (1945) and toured in "And so to Bed" (1953–1954) and appeared in several musical films in the 1940s. They made frequent broadcasts together. In 1948 they went on a successful concert tour of New Zealand and Australia.

When musical tastes changed in the 1950s they decided to emigrate to South Africa in 1956 where they continued their stage work as well as teaching singing in their Johannesburg studio. They returned to the United Kingdom in 1978 where they broadcast on BBC radio, appeared on television in the Russell Harty Show and made personal appearances throughout the United Kingdom in "An Evening with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth". Booth died on 21 June 1984 at the age of 82.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 21st, 1902 (Handsworth), Died June 21st, 1984 (Penrhyn Bay)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0EA1174 10-in. 9/12/1938 When the stars were brightly shining Webster Booth ; Warwick Braithwaite ; London Philharmonic Orchestra Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA1175 10-in. 9/12/1938 Strange harmony of contrasts Webster Booth ; Warwick Braithwaite ; London Philharmonic Orchestra Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA6921 10-in. 11/4/1938 Woman is fickle Webster Booth Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA6980 10-in. 12/9/1938 This one or that one Webster Booth ; Warwick Braithwaite Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA7642 10-in. 5/2/1939 One day when we were young Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA7643 10-in. 5/2/1939 Sweethearts Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA7644 10-in. 5/2/1939 Because Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA7645 10-in. 5/2/1939 For you alone Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA8029 10-in. 7/18/1939 Macushla Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood Male vocal solo and harp, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA8121 10-in. 10/19/1939 I'll see you again Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood ; Anne Ziegler Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA8122 10-in. 10/19/1939 Wanting you Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood ; Anne Ziegler Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA8397 10-in. 3/28/1940 I hear you calling me Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0EA8484 10-in. 2/28/1940 A kiss in the dark Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Booth, Webster," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105962.

Booth, Webster. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105962.

"Booth, Webster." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105962

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