b. 20 July 1912, Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 19 April 1994, London, England. Usually known simply as ‘the voice’ because of his superb tenor, Ferrari was among the most popular of the post-war variety club and radio acts. He took his name - and his love for singing - from his Italian father. After appearing in small concert parties around the Manchester area, his career began in earnest when he joined the army in 1941. Although ultimately the army life helped to advance his singing ambitions (via the khaki entertainment troupe Stars In Battledress), his call-up actually scotched an engagement with the Carl Rosa Opera Company. Together with top comedian Charlie Chester, Ferrari went on to appear in over 2, 000 service shows both at home and overseas, performances often highlighted by the rendering of his signature tune, ‘Love Descended Like An Angel’, written for him by Chester. After the war, Ferrari joined Chester in his popular radio show Stand Easy, before returning to variety (still as a huge star) in the early 50s. In addition to seaside residencies, he regularly performed at the London Palladium and made an appearance in front of the Queen. Alongside charity work he continued to be a popular attraction at functions and shows long after the variety halls closed.
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