Jussi Bjorling, Bill Clayton
"I cannot ever remember when singing was not a part of my life. In my earliest years, I was chiefly influenced by my mother's clear, sweet soprano; by radio concerts with the likes of John Charles Thomas, Nelson Eddy, James Melton, Robert Merrill, Mario Lanza, and Dorothy Kirsten; by the San Antonio opera from 1945 until 1955; by the Met broadcasts; by two years of singing lessons during which I became a serviceable second tenor (lots of heart, minimal instrument); by singing in the chorus when the Met visited San Antonio; and by collecting recordings, especially those of Jussi Bjorling.
Clayton, William C.
"Jussi and Me,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol5/iss1/7