Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth

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Jean Collen began her singing studies with the famous British duettists Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, in Johannesburg, when she was 17. Two years later they asked her to act as Webster's studio accompanist when Anne - who accompanied their students - had other commitments. This was the beginning of a close friendship which lasted until their deaths. The book gives a summary of Anne and Webster's rapid rise to fame, which is already well documented in their own autobiography entitled "Duet" (1951). The book's main focus is on their lives and careers from 1956 in South Africa and their "third" career when they returned home to the UK in 1978.
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  • By Jean Collen
    Oct 14, 2015
    These reviews were included in earlier editions of the book. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sep 4, 2013 Affirmation, January 27, 2009 By Ian Harris (Czech Republic) This review is from: "Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth" (Paperback) I have read Johan Geldenhuys' superb review and find that I simply have no words to add to his. I certainly am not disagreeing with his verdict - to the contrary, I only wish I could have expressed my opinion of Jean Collen's memoir half as articulately! Jean writes in a direct and, at the same time, very expressive style. I found that I was not able to put this book down until I had read the final page. This, surely, is the only true judgement of any writer's craft. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sep 4, 2013 Review by Margaret A. Plevin, 3 September 2013. What an awesome testament this book is to such a great couple. How... More > touched they would have been if they could still have been here to read it. The testimonies and memories of friends of the couple I also found interesting and moving. I was always a great fan of Anne & Webster and this book gave me such insight into their lives and all they had achieved over the years and how many lives they had touched. Ms. Collen is to be highly commended for this excellent, insightful book. It deserves the highest rating. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ By arrival Jul 2, 2009 "A SPARKLING INSIGHT TO TWO GREAT SINGING STARS" A beautifully written account of the lives of these two great singing stars of yesteryear, by someone whose life was to become intermittently interwoven throughout a long and memorable forty year period. If like me, you adore these great Artistes, then you won't be able to put this book down! A true and sometimes 'sad' angle of British stardom and its pitfalls, yet a living sparkle emanates from every page. After reading this memoir, one is left with the feeling of nostalgia and also a feeling one has known this talented married couple. Personally told by a lady whose warm and generous heart has 'opened up' her fondest memories, and been kind enough to share them with us. When finished reading, you will be left with a conviction that these two remarkable names: WEBSTER BOOTH and ANNE ZIEGLER should never be forgotten. The book is simply 'unputdownable'.< Less
  • By Fiona Compton
    Oct 13, 2015
    This is certainly Jean Collen's most popular book. It was written shortly after the death of Anne Ziegler on 13 October 2003, and tells of her interesting and close association with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler - first as their young singing student, and later as Webster Booth's studio accompanist at the age of 19 - a heady experience for a young teenager, and one of the highlights of her life. This is a heartfelt account of her personal relationship with this famous singing couple, a relationship that did not always go as smoothly with Anne as she would have wished, but one that resolved itself in the end. After a few hiccups, she remained close friends with both of them until Webster's death in 1984, and Anne's in 2003. I can certainly recommend this book to anyone who admires the life and work of the "Sweethearts of Song", and would like to know more about their lives in South Africa after their brilliant career in the UK when they immigrated to the country in 1956,... More > eventually returning to their homeland in 1978.< Less
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