B0106. MICHAEL J. MAHER. JOHN CHARLES THOMAS, BELOVED BARITONE OF AMERICAN OPERA AND POPULAR MUSIC. Jefferson, NC, McFarland & Co., 2006. 224pp. Index; Exhaustive Discography by Charles A. Morgan; Photos; Operatic Chronology at La Monnaie, Brussels, 1925-30; Operatic Chronology in the United States; Radio Chronology; Photos. (softbound) Final Copy! - 9781574671094
"Buoyant, irrepressible and hot-tempered, John Charles Thomas captivated audiences worldwide with his incredible voice….By 1915, Thomas had become a leading performer on Broadway, and ten years later had embarked on a trans-Atlantic career in opera and concerts. At the height of his popularity from 1934 through 1946, he was a popular star of radio, phonographs, and the Metropolitan Opera, a favorite of both popular and classical audiences….This thorough biography details Thomas’ life and career. Beginning with his school days at the Peabody, it traces his Broadway career as the star of STEP THIS WAY and MAYTIME and his highly successful career as concert, recording, and opera star. Appendices provide a discography of his recordings, a list of operatic appearances in Brussels and the United States, and the songs he performed on radio broadcasts from 1934 to 1948."
- McFarland & Company, Publishers
"Thomas' favorite writer/lyricist was well-known balladeer and collector of American folk music, John Jacob Niles."
- Archives of Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University