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Robert McFerrin, Sr.

Born March 19, 1921

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Robert McFerrin, Sr. Marker
Inscription.  Baritone Robert McFerrin moved to St. Louis in 1936 and began classical voice training at Sumner High. He sang on Broadway and with the National Negro Opera Company, and in 1955 became the Metropolitan Opera's first African-American male soloist. McFerrin provided the vocals for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 film classic "Porgy and Bess," and toured and taught internationally before returning to St. Louis in 1973. A severe stroke in 1989 impaired his verbal ability but not his voice, and he courageously resumed performances, including concerts with his Grammy-winning son, Bobby. In 2003 Opera America honored Robert McFerrin, Sr. with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Erected 2004 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.337′ N, 90° 18.127′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard west of Limit Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is
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at or near this postal address: 6300 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Sanborn (a few steps from this marker); From Humble Beginnings, a World Class Street Is Born! (a few steps from this marker); Mary Wickes (a few steps from this marker); Kate Chopin (a few steps from this marker); Gerald Early (a few steps from this marker); Cool Papa Bell (a few steps from this marker); Sally Benson (a few steps from this marker); John Danforth (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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