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Robert Merrill (June 4, 1917October 23, 2004) was an American opera baritone. June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This is an article on the voice type. ...

Merrill was born Moishe Millstein in Brooklyn, New York, to shoe salesman Abraham Miller, né Millstein, and his wife Lillian, née Balaban, immigrants from Warsaw. Lillian claimed to have had an operatic and concert career in Poland (a fact denied by her son in hia biographies)and abetted her son to have early voice training: he had a tendency to stutter, which disappeared when singing. Merrill was inspired to pursue professional singing lessons when he saw the baritone Richard Benelli singing De Luna in a performance of Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera, and paid for them with money earned as a semi-professional pitcher. In his early radio appearances as a crooner he was sometimes billed as Merrill Miller. While singing at bar mitzvahs and weddings and Borscht Belt resorts, he met an agent, Moe Gale, who found him work at Radio City Music Hall and with the NBC Concert Orchestra, and obtained Merrill's operatic debut in Verdi's Aida in Newark, New Jersey with the aging tenor Giovanni Martinelli. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Warsaw (Polish Warszawa, (?), in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto StoÅ‚eczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and its largest city. ... A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Josef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, pitching is the act of throwing the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to make contact with it, or draw a walk. ... Bing Crosby crooning to a girl. ... Borscht Belt is an informal term for the summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan and Ulster Counties in upstate New York which were frequented by Ashkenazic Jews. ... Radio City Music Hall in 1996 Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... VERDI is an acronym for the Italian unification movement, named after the composer Giuseppe Verdi (ardent supporter of the movement) VERDI stands for Vittorio Emmanuelle, Re D Italia (Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy) Categories: Historical stubs ... Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a story by Auguste Mariette. ... Skyline of downtown Newark as seen from the Newark Bay Bridge. ...

Merrill, who had continued his vocal studies under Samuel Margolis made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera one year later, in 1945, as Germont in La Traviata. His appearance in the hillbilly movie Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick led to conflict with Rudolf Bing and a brief departure from the Met in 1951. Merrill sang many different baritone roles, becoming, after the on-stage death of Leonard Warren in 1960, the Met's principal baritone. He was described by Time as "one of the Met's best baritones". He also continued to perform on radio and television, in nightclubs and recitals. He retired from the Met in 1976. A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Josef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... La traviata, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, takes as its basis the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, published in 1848. ... Hillbilly is a pejorative nickname for people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas. ... Sir Rudolph Bing Sir Rudolph Bing (January 9, 1902 – September 2, 1997) was an Austrian-born operatic impresario. ... This is an article on the voice type. ... The American opera singer Leonard Warren (April 21, 1911 - March 4, 1960) was a famous baritone who was associated for many years with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...

For many years, he led services, often in Borscht Belt hotels, on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This article is about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ... Yom Kippur (1878) Yom Kippur (יום כיפור yom kippūr) is the Jewish holiday of the Day of Atonement. ...

He married soprano Roberta Peters in 1952. They parted amicably; he had two children, a son David and a daughter Lizanne, with his second wife, Marilyn, née Machno, a pianist. Look up Soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary In music, a soprano is a singer with a voice ranging approximately from the A below middle C to high C two octaves above middle C (i. ... Roberta Peters (b. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the modern musical instrument. ...

He wrote two books of memoirs, Once More From the Beginning (1965) and Between Acts (1976), and co-wrote a novel, The Divas (1978).

Relatively late in his singing career, Merrill also became known for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Yankee Stadium. He first sang the national anthem to open the 1969 baseball season and it became a tradition for the Yankees to bring him back each year on Opening Day and special occasions. He sang at various Old Timer's Days (wearing his own pinstriped Yankee uniform with the number "1 1/2" on the back) and the emotional pre-game ceremony for Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1979, the day after the catcher's death in a plane crash. Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on September 17 under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry, with an explanatory note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ... A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is formally recognized by a countrys government as their states official national song. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Picture of Fenway Park. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000... Thurman Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was a Major League Baseball player from 1969 to 1979. ...

Merrill preferred a traditional approach to the song devoid of additional ornamentation; he told Newsday in 2000, "When you sing the anthem, there's a legitimacy to it. I'm extremely bothered by these different interpretations of it." In music, ornaments are musical flourishes that are not necessary to the overall melodic (or harmonic) line, but serve to decorate or ornament that line. ... Newsday is a daily tabloid newspaper which primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area. ...

Merrill received the National Medal of Arts in 1993. The National Medal of Arts is an award and title bestowed on selected honorees by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

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