Obituary: Anthony Perkins

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THE OBITUARY on Anthony Perkins (by Gilbert Adair, 14 September), focuses strongly on his work as an actor and on the influence of the 'disquieting alter ego' which Norman Bates placed upon him, writes Richard J. Baker.

That influence remains at a distance, however, in a different but successful aspect of his life which deserves recognition; as a quality singer of popular songs. In this role, he conveyed successfully another persona, as the convincing, if naive, romantic. Recordings exist from both before and after Psycho which demonstrate Perkins's artistry and the distinctive quality of his voice. Some of his best work in the genre can be found on the 'Ben Bagley Presents' series of records, one of which includes his classic performance of the Vernon Duke song 'I Cling to You'.

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