Music: It Can Happen to You

Four years ago, Joan Carmella Babbo graduated from Chicago's Bowen High School. Then she went to college for four years—but not to the academic kind. College for her was a succession of spotlighted floors where she learned to belt out popular songs.

She had a husky-sweet voice and an unsophisticated manner. On numberless Midwest floors from sedate hotel dining rooms to beer halls she learned how to use her voice, but she kept her unsophisticated manner. "Everybody in their life goes through different romantic phases," she decided. "All you have t do is remember real living,...

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