Radio: Evelyn's Costly Consonants

After Evelyn Knight's first big-time broadcast (with Paul Whiteman), her singing teacher wired: "YOU NEED ME," After her second broadcast, he wired: "YOU HAVE NO MORE VOICE THAN A GOAT AND A MOUTHFUL OF CONSONANTS."

In the next four years, Evelyn laboriously got rid of all her hard-won vocal habits, learned to bleat so expensively that half a dozen of her consonants will now pay for all the singing lessons she ever took. At 25, she has developed as tricky a style and as tony a claque as any of those quick bright things...

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