A boy soprano, long broken, fades out

Bobby Breen was an RKO star in the late 1930s, briefly a rival to Shirley Temple.

Then his voice broke, and war broke out.

He got a life, was house pianist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra, then became a talent agent in Florida.

Bobby died this week, aged 88.


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