Richard Crooks

RICHARD ALEXANDER CROOKS was an American tenor and a leading singer at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Born on June 26, 1900 in Trenton, New Jersey. Following several concert seasons as an oratorio and song recital specialist, including the American premier of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, he traveled to Germany where he made his operatic debut in Hamburg as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in 1927. After his tour in other European cities such as Berlin, Crooks returned to the United States and made his American debut in 1930 in Philadelphia. He became a star of the Metropolitan Opera, specializing in French and Italian operas. He participated in the farewell gala on March 29, 1936, for Italian soprano Lucrezia Bori, which was broadcast nationally and preserved on transcription discs.

From 1928 to 1945, Crooks was the host of "The Voice of Firestone" radio broadcasts, in which he sang operatic arias, patriotic songs, folk songs, and popular hits such as "People Will Say We're in Love" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! in 1943. He also appeared on radio broadcasts with Bing Crosby, who remained a friend until Crooks's death.

Health problems forced Crooks to retire in early 1945. He continued to sing, however, at his church and elsewhere. Some of his performances were taped.


Total: 31

Absent
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (The Dream Melody)
Alma Mia
Arioso di Loris-Amor ti vieta (Aria of Loris-My Lo...
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
Colleen Aroon
For You Alone
Good-Bye (Op. 11, No.1)
I'm Falling In Love with Someone
If I Am Dreaming
In the Wee Little Home I Love
Macushla
Macushla
Mother Machree
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; Eternal Father, Stron...
Old Folks at Home
One Alone
One Alone
Part 1
Rio Rita
Serenade
Serenade
Song of India (Chanson hindoue)
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Springtime Reminds Me of You
Tell Me Tonight
The Americans Come
The Messiah - No. 2 Comfort Ye, My People
Turn Ye To Me; My Wild Irish Rose; Loch Lomond
You Will Remember Vienna
Yours Is My Heart Alone