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Arthur Tracvugsky, 25 June 1899, Russia, d. 6 October 1997, New York, USA. Billed on record labels as The Street Singer, Tracy was extremely popular during the 30s in the USA and the UK, dispensing his romantic, sentimental ballads on radio, films and in clubs. He was taken to the USA by his parents when he was six years old, and grew up in Philadelphia. He subsequently served as an assistant cantor at the local synagogue, and studied in the evenings at the Curtis Institute For Voice Development. Later, he moved to Atlantic City, and worked as a soda jerk, and sang for money in the lobbies of the smart hotels. In the early 20s he appeared in vaudeville, and in the touring version of the Broadway hit musical Blossom Time, while studying serious music with the intention of becoming a classical singer. In the late 20s he started to appear on radio, three times a week, in New York under the pseudonym The Street Singer,...