Music: Not by the Pound

Most listeners thought they knew the singing—the pillow-soft pianissimos, the warm and velvety power even at full voice—even though at first some did not recognize the singer. In five months, tiny (4 ft. 8½ in.), once-tubby (201 lbs.) Dorothy Maynor had lost 72 pounds by rigorous dieting, slimmed down to a more curvaceous 129. But last week, as the first guest soloist on the NBC Symphony's new U.S. Steel-sponsored Summer Concert series, the little Negro soprano proved that great singing does not necessarily come by the pound.

In rehearsal, she puzzled Guest Conductor Fritz...

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