September 16, 1945
World renowned Irish tenor John McCormack passed away on this day in Dublin in 1945. Born in Althone on June 14, 1884, McCormack became one of the most famous vocal artists of the early twentieth century. Songs like his, “I Hear You Calling Me” are still very famous. He studied in Dublin and Milan and his career reached its height in the U.S. where he became a household name. Although an Irish tenor, McCormack preferred an operatic career. In America, following WWI, McCormack sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Star Spangled Banner” for President Wilson.