See index for CTFT sketch: Born August 31, 1922, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; died December 4, 1998. Actor and singer. John Hanson was known for hisbeautiful tenor/baritone voice, his good looks, and his ability to keep oldfashioned music alive in the hearts of fans. Born John Watts, he grew up in amusical family, and studied classical music. Hanson had the good fortune tomeet an influential musical mentor during World War Two, and began singing inregular time slots on the wireless radio. His big break came in 1953, when he accepted the lead role in the staged musical The Desert Song. The show was a hit and traveled throughout England. From then on, he never lacked for roles and spent time performing in stage productions such as "The StudentPrice" and "Wild Violets". Hanson also successfully revived "The Desert Song"in 1967. In the 1970s and 1980s he retired from the stage but continued to appear on television and radio. Hanson authored the memoir Me and My Red Shadow.
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