What caused John Schmidt to 'whisper' when he sang?
#94229. Asked by zbeckabee. (Apr 01 08 10:14 PM)
Jack Smith, also known as "Whispering" Jack Smith (born John Schmidt) was a popular baritone singer in the 1920s and 1930s who made a brief come-back in the late 1940s.
He had a very distinctive style which was a combination of singing and talking in a very "intimate" way using the microphone very effectively as opposed to "belting" the song out.
His "whispering" style of singing was a result of a World War I injury from poison gas that kept him from singing at full volume. He made the "whispering" style popular, and there were a number of imitators.
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