Music: Worth Waiting For

When Robert Field Rounseville first decided to give up the study of medicine for the study of music, the small breaks broke his way.

He had no trouble getting singing jobs in Broadway shows, at the New York World's Fair, in Radio City Music Hall (billing himself as Robert Field). For a while he was master of ceremonies in Manhattan's big, lowbrow nightclub, Leon & Eddie's. But for a man who wanted to get into opera, he seemed to be making no progress at all. By 1947, Tenor Rounseville, aged 30, found himself in vaudeville....

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