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Jan Peerce, opera singer

Jan Peerce, who passed on Saturday, was one of the most respected tenors of his day. His recording of ''The Bluebird of Happiness'' was a tremendous seller, and he used the name of the song as the title of his autobiography.

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Mr. Peerce debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in 1941, when American tenors were not taken very seriously, and became a favorite of Arturo Toscanini.