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date: 15 August 2020

Olcott, Chauncey [Olcott, Chancellor John]locked

  • Michael J. Budds

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[Olcott, Chancellor John]

(b Buffalo, NY, July 21, 1858; d Monte Carlo, March 18, 1932). American singer, composer and lyricist. He toured with several minstrel and opera companies, then went to London for two years, where he studied singing and appeared in comic opera. He achieved fame after his return to the USA when he joined forces with Augustus Pitou in 1893 and succeeded William J. Scanlan as the leading singer in Pitou’s productions of sentimental operettas on Irish themes. His success, founded on his sweet tenor voice and his ingratiating acting and appearance, led to his concentrating on Irish roles for the remainder of his career.

He contributed librettos, songs and lyrics to many of the works in which he appeared, and wrote the complete scores of Sweet Inniscarra (1897), A Romance of Athlone (1899), Garrett O’Magh (1901), and Old Limerick Town (1902...

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Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928-37, suppls., 1944-)