SHOW BUSINESS: When Tenors Were Gods ,

One of Enrico Caruso's sons was once asked whether his father sang for pleasure. "No," the young Caruso replied, "my father sang for money." Anyone who believes that the big payday looming for Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti this week in Los Angeles is unprecedented ought to think again. The Three Tenors don't approach in earning power or popularity such predecessors as Caruso and John McCormack. Both earned millions while singing everything from Vesti la giubba to Come into the Garden, Maud at a time when the income tax was either nonexistent or in its infancy and when a dollar was worth...

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