Singer Hall Clovis (b. 1900) began his career in Omaha singing operettas. He later moved to New York where he sang the lead
in the premier of Ernest Trow Carter's Blonde Donna, recorded for Gennett records with the vocal quartet the Four Bachelors
and performed widely in the 1930s as the vocal duo Clovis-Steele with his wife soprano Eleanor Steele. Clovis-Steele commissioned
and sang pieces by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Darius Milhaud, H.T. Burleigh, Samuel Richards Gaines, Jeno Takacs, Fannie Charles
Dillon and Katherine Ruth Heyman. The collection includes manuscripts of works written for Clovis-Steele, copies of recordings,
programs, clippings and photos and color films of their travels in Europe in the 1930s.
Hall Clovis was born in 1900 in Nebraska. He attended Grinnell College, graduating in 19xx. He studied singing with noted
teacher Anna Eugenie Schoen-Rene and began his singing career in Omaha in local operetta productions. He then moved to New
York singing in operetta productions and sang the lead in the premier of Ernest Trow Carter's Blonde Donna, a musical set
in Santa Barbara. He also began singing with a group called the Four Bachelors, which later made several discs for Gennett
Records of Richmond, Indiana.
5 linear ft.
8 sound recordings
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