Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Florence Foster Jenkins was a true original, an eccentric if you will. For a number of years Northwest Public Radio aired a request program once a month called First Friday. One month we received a request for Mein Herr Marquis, sung by Florence Foster Jenkins. At that time, we had an extensive LP collection so I searched the archives and found an old LP called
The Glory of the Human Voice.
I put the LP on the turntable and stood in stunned silence. I called fellow music host Gillian Coldsnow over to listen. I'm not sure how long it took before we realized that a musical practical joke had been played on us, but when we did we both burst into laughter! Guess what? We actually played the piece on that month's edition of First Friday. Guess what again? We had listener requests for more!