Robert Halliday

b. 11 April 1893, Loch Lomond, Scotland, d. 31 October 1975, California, USA. A singer with a distinctive baritone voice, Halliday enjoyed some success in Scotland and in London, before moving to the…
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b. 11 April 1893, Loch Lomond, Scotland, d. 31 October 1975, California, USA. A singer with a distinctive baritone voice, Halliday enjoyed some success in Scotland and in London, before moving to the USA where he quickly found work in the chorus of The Rose Girl (1921), his first Broadway show. Deciding to settle in America, he began to play small roles, eventually playing the featured role of Rollo Metcalf in George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin’s Tip-Toes (1925). In this show he sang a duet with Jeanette MacDonald, ‘Nice Baby’. The following year he took the lead in the original production of Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Desert Song. As Pierre/Red Shadow, Halliday introduced ‘The Riff Song’ and ‘One Alone’. His co-star in this show was Evelyn Herbert whom he married. Attractive to look at and hear, Halliday and Herbert made an ideal couple on stage and off. Together, they appeared in Romberg and Hammerstein’s The New Moon (1928, where their songs included ‘Wanting You’ and ‘Lover, Come Back To Me’), Princess Charming (1930), and were in London for Waltzes From Vienna (1931).

By the mid-30s, however, their stars were waning. Halliday appeared in the unsuccessful Music Hath Charms (1934) and a successful White Horse Inn (1936). In 1935, he and his wife appeared in the film Desert Harmonies. He sang on for a few more years before his final Broadway appearance in Three Wishes For Jamie (1952). His wife had already retired and now he did too, the couple living out their days on their California ranch, appropriately named New Moon. The couple, who had epitomized fictional love and romance, enjoyed it in their private life too; their deaths, in 1975, came just a few months apart.