Artist – Florence Foster Jenkins
B’day – July 19
Profession – Singer, teacher, pianist
GuitarMonk wishes “Florence Foster Jenkins” a warm greeting and remembrance on her birthday today. She was an American amateur operatic soprano who was known, and ridiculed, for her lack of rhythm, pitch, tone, and overall singing ability. She became popular for the amusement she provided. Critics often described her work in a backhanded way that may have served to pique public curiosity. Despite her patent lack of ability, Jenkins apparently was firmly convinced of her greatness. She compared herself favorably to the renowned sopranos Frieda Hempel and Luisa Tetrazzini, and dismissed the abundant audience laughter during her performances as “professional jealousy.
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