RYDER CUP – Count John McCORMACK. A Large Square Quarto Album. Titled ‘Count John McCormack / 1884-1934 / Icon of His Age / Ryder Cup / K Club / Straffan, Co. Kildare / 2006’.


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Bound by Des Breen at Antiquarian Bookcrafts, in full purple straight-grained morocco, upper cover decorated and titled in gilt; turn-ins gilt; moiré silk purple endpapers. Housed in a matching full purple morocco slipcase. In fine condition. Unique. This Album contains the signatures of the representative players from both the European and US teams that played at the 36th Ryder Cup held at the K Club, County Kildare, Ireland, 2006. Signed by three United States Presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden [Biden was then Vice-President], The Irish President, Michael D. Higgins; An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, Michael W.J. Smurfit, Arnold Palmer, and most of the players, including: Ian Woosnam, Paul Casey, David Howell, Padraig Harrington, José María Olazábal, Henrik Stenson, Tom Lehman, David Toms, Stewart Cink, Ian Montgomery, Zach Johnson, Brett Wetterich, Chad Campbell, Vaughn Taylor, Jim Furyk, Phil Nicholson, Tiger Woods, etc. They kindly signed this book to honour in their own small way the life and musical legacy of Ireland’s greatest ever tenor, Count John McCormack. Before Elvis, before Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, there was John Count McCormack. Born in 1884 in Athlone, the heart of Ireland, John would go on to capture the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world. He was the pop idol of his time, selling millions of records to an insatiable public. During his prime years, he possessed a voice of great purity from top to bottom, combined with a consummate vocal technique. He was among the least self-indulgent of singers, whose arching legato line, exquisite sense of rubato and perfectly judged portamenti and pianissimi were not employed to draw attention to himself, but rather served to point up and to synthesise the words and music. He was one of the most compelling vocalists of the twentieth century.


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