B1361. JAN PEERCE & ALAN LEVY. The Bluebird of Happiness – The Memoirs of Jan Peerce. New York, Harper & Row, 1976. 325pp. Index; Numerous Photos; DJ. - 0-06-013311-2
“Jan Peerce was known as ‘Toscanini's tenor’, with his clean, incisive singing, exceptional breath support, and immediately distinctive timbre. While Peerce is often compared to his brother-in-law Richard Tucker (Peerce married Tucker's sister, Sara) - both were born in New York, both were tenors, both studied to become cantors, and neither was a strong actor -- the similarities were largely superficial. There was a good deal of animosity between the two of them, Peerce feeling his contributions towards Tucker's career were ignored, Tucker feeling Peerce was jealous of his own accomplishments, which he felt were the greater.
He made his début with the Metropolitan Opera on29 November, 1941, singing Alfredo in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. He sang also the parts of Cavaradossi in TOSCA, Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME, and Gounod's FAUST. He was hailed by critics as the ‘All-American successor to the 'greats' of opera's almost extinct 'Golden Age'’.
He rapidly became one of the most popular radio performers in both popular and cantorial music, and in 1936, first sang ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’, which became his signature tune (and the title of his 1973 autobiography).”
- Anne Feeney, allmusic.com