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John McCormack sings "The Vacant Chair." 1915

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Uploaded on Jun 27, 2010

The great tenor in a sentimental favorite from the American Civil War, where it became popular with both Union and Confederate troops. The message is universal, and focusses the terrible losses of war at the most private and intimate level--the family gathered around the dinner table. I would call attention to the extremely high note McCormack sings at the end of the song, a high D natural. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only recording where he sings so high a note. I may be mistaken, but none comes to mind.

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