Jonah Barrington

Journalist, Deceased Person

1904 – 1986

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Who was Jonah Barrington?

Jonah Barrington was the pseudonym of Cyril Carr Dalmaine the radio critic of the Daily Express, a British newspaper, during the Second World War.

His first used the term "Lord Haw-Haw" to describe a German radio broadcaster:

“He speaks English of the haw-haw, damn-it-get-out-of-my-way variety, and his strong suit is gentlemanly ­indignation.

He studied at Eastbourne College, and graduated from the Royal College of Music. He was Music master at Uppington School, and chorus master to the BBC. He composed chamber music, and transcribed cantatas of Johan Sebastian Bach to piano.

Jonah Barrington was also a record presenter in the pre-1955 days . He was responsible for the "discovery" of the then deceased Italian tenor, Alessandro Valente. At a time when the great Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling's recording of "Nessun Dorma" was popular, Barrington played a version by Valente which, he said, was the best he had ever heard. It was instantly popular and Valente enjoyed a posthumous vogue.

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Born
Aug 20, 1904
London
Also known as
  • Cyril C. Dalmaine
  • Cyril Carr Dalmaine
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Died
Sep 1, 1986
Sussex

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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