Music: Earnest Reveler

It costs about $700 to give a recital in Manhattan's Town Hall,* the place where many ambitious young musicians like to start showing what they can do. Few first recitals pay for themselves; the most successful debuts rarely realize more than a few hundred dollars. Tenor James Melton makes much more than that every week singing three or four easy songs over the radio for Coca-Cola. So it was obviously not for his supper that he sang last week in formal Town Hall. In Town Hall the programs put on by earnest...

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