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Todd Duncan

Robert Todd Duncan (February 12, 1903 – February 28, 1998) was an American baritone opera singer and actor. One of the first African-Americans to sing with a major opera company, Duncan is also noted for appearing as Porgy in the premier production of Porgy and Bess (1935).

Birth and Death Data: Born February 12th, 1903 (Danville), Died February 27th, 1998 (Washington, D.C.)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 67737 10-in. 5/15/1940 Buzzard song Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 67739 10-in. 5/15/1940 Porgy's lament and finale Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 67741 10-in. 5/15/1940 It ain't necessarily so Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 67742 10-in. 5/15/1940 Bess, you is my woman now Ann Brown ; Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 67744 10-in. 5/15/1940 I got plenty o' nuttin' Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 70753 10-in. 5/23/1942 What you want wid Bess? Ann Brown ; Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 70754 10-in. 5/23/1942 I loves you Porgy Ann Brown ; Decca Symphony Orchestra ; Todd Duncan ; Eva Jessye Choir vocalist  
Decca 75479 11/7/1949 The little grey house Todd Duncan vocalist  
Decca 75482 11/7/1949 Lost in the stars Todd Duncan vocalist  
Decca 75486 11/7/1949 Thousands of miles Todd Duncan vocalist  
Decca 75488 11/8/1949 O Tixo, Tixo help me Todd Duncan vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Duncan, Todd," accessed October 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313114.

Duncan, Todd. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313114.

"Duncan, Todd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313114

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