GREAT BRITAIN: Humility at the Hip

Americans have learned to accept, if not quite to understand, the strange delirium that takes place when a frail-looking crooner confronts a crowd of bobby-soxers. But to an English critic, the phenomenon still takes getting used to. Drama Critic J. B. Boothroyd covered the performance of U.S. Crooner Johnnie ("Cry") Ray at London's famed old Hippodrome and wrote the following clinical report im Punch:

"You folks," says Mr. Ray in a voice scraped raw with song, "are more generous to me than I deserve." The house shrieks indignantly, because this is practically...

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