Each week our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.
This week’s selection:
"I Want What I Want When I Want It" sung by Royal Dadmun, recorded April 13, 1923.
This ode to the single life is from the Victor Herbert operetta “Mlle. Modiste” and to this day remains a favorite recital piece for baritones.
Royal Dadmun (ca. 1886-1964) sang in a melodious baritone, which he shared from the concert stage and through many Victor recordings. He served on the vocal faculty at the Hartt School of Music for twenty-three years. His recording career began in 1906 as part of the so-called Trinity Choir, a Victor in-house sacred choral group. He began recording under his own name in December 1921 and continued until December of 1930. His final recordings were issued pseudonymously as “Ralph Crane.”