People, Sep. 5, 1960

In Buenos Aires on his first Latino concert tour, Metropolitan Opera Tenor Richard Tucker was booked for six performances. To his horror he soon developed a sore throat and then, far worse, lost his voice entirely. To round out the nightmare, Argentine doctors at first could not detect what ailed him. After two days of near-mute anxiety. Tucker was ready to pack and go home. At last, however, it was determined that Trencherman Tucker had wolfed down a plate of scrambled eggs with a hidden ingredient—a chip of enamel that had lodged in his...

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