Marian Anderson's live concerts were augmented by a
recording career with RCA and by radio and television broadcasts that
included a documentary produced by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly
concerning her tour of the Far East in 1957. In her autobiography, Ms.
Anderson writes of "never lik[ing] the idea of singing into a microphone"
to make recordings. "I like to see faces before me. I like to sense a
reaction. Singing into a microphone in a studio is like performing into
dead space." Yet her recording of "Ave Maria" had already sold over
three-quarters of a million copies by 1956, while several of her albums
had already sold over a quarter of a million copies each. To close her
remarkable vocal career, Sol Hurok booked a year-long farewell tour of the
United States. It began in 1964 and culminated in a recital at Carnegie Hall in 1965.
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