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- This article concerns the Irish tenor. For the U.S. political leader, see John William McCormack.
John Francis McCormack was born in Athlone, Ireland. He started singing professionally in 1904. He made numerous recordings, the first on phonograph cylinder in 1904. His most commercially successful series of records were those for the Victor Talking Machine Company in the 1910s and 1920s. He also regularly broadcast on the radio and appeared in a number of sound films.
In 1928 he received the title "Count" from Pope Pius XI in recognition of his work for Catholic charities. Although he often came to be referred to as "Count" John McCormack in his professional life, this title was only ever officially recognised within the Catholic Church. As an American citizen, he was prevented by American law from assuming any title bestowed by foreign governments or organisations.
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