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Richard Tucker was born in Brooklyn and at six entered the Choir of the Jewish Synagogue and later the cantor school where his teacher strictly forbid the fourteen year old Tucker to sing. He felt "like an untamed male colt" when he finally started to seriously train his voice at the age of 18. In 1936, he married Sarah Perelmuth whose brother, a certain Jan Peerce, was then about to burst onto the opera stage. Tucker began taking serious lessons from Paul Althouse and his career was born. On stage, Richard Tucker always gave more than 100 per cent. He never spared himself and each of his performances was filled with burning intensity and excitement and a complete dedication to his art. He felt deeply obliged to God who had provided him with this wonderful gift, his voice. His answer to friends who kept worrying about his physical condition was always : "To me, singing does not really mean work. It is my joy!" Pursuing an active career until the very last moment, Richard Tucker died of a heart attack in his hotel room shortly before a concert in Kalamazoo, Michigan.