Richard Crooks

Richard Crooks
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Opera Singer
Born June 26, 1900 in Trenton, NJ
Died Sept. 29, 1972 of cancer in Portola Valley, CA

Richard Crooks was an internationally known tenor who for 14 years was heard as the "Voice of Firestone."

Crooks began his career as a boy soprano in a church in Trenton, N.J., where he was born. After serving as a cadet flying officer in World War I, he made his singing debut with the New York Symphony in 1922.

Concert and operatic performances in Europe led to his first appearance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in 1933.

He later became known to radio audiences throughout the country as the featured singer on the "Voice of Firestone" program.

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