Gladys Swarthout

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        Gladys Swarthout was best known as a singer in the classical field, but she occasionally delved into lighter popular fare. Born and raised in Deepwater, MO, she was the daughter of a railroad conductor. The family had at least two highly musical children, and Gladys and her sister Romah Lee both took singing lessons as young girls -- Gladys impressed those around her with her depth and range. In her early teens, she presented herself as 19 and was engaged as a contralto at a chu... Read more

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