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The Comedy Connection

English-born Anna Russell studied at the Royal Academy of Music--but it was clear from the beginning that audiences were more likely to giggle than swoon over her artistry.

So, as Dale Carnegie famously noted, "When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade."

Turning her talents to the obvious, by the early 1950s she was being billed as the "International Concert Comedienne," playing to sold-out houses, and making a series of laugh-filled live recordings that remain in demand six decades later.

In this hour, Russell's classic commentaries on the bagpipe, coloratura sopranos, and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012
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