“I don’t like traditions, I am very personal, very independent, I don’t like intimate ladies, I mean in German lieder there’s a lot of copy, a lot of imitation, a lot of tradition, and this I have put it aside.”

Birthday anniversaries of composer Roger Quilter (1877), conductor Eugen Jochum (1902) and baritone Ernest Blanc (1923). Happy 87th birthday baritone Giampietro Mastromei.

On this day in 1952 the Johnny Mercer musical Top Banana opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, to run 350 performances.