Dawson, Peter

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Dawson, Peter (b Adelaide, 1882; d Sydney, NSW, 1961). Australian bass-baritone. Début CG 1909 but became better known for singing of popular ballads, e.g. Kipling's The Road to Mandalay and Boots, which he comp. under pseudonym J. P. McCall. These overshadowed his excellent ability in operatic arias and Lieder, always sung in Eng. and preserved by recordings. Began recording 1904; sold 13 million records.