b. 22 February 1903, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 9 July 1972, Walnut Creek, California, USA. After training to be a singer, from the late 30s Weede sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. His fluid baritone singing voice attracted the attention of Broadway producers and in the mid-50s he was lured away from grand opera. He originated the role of Tony Esposito in the successful The Most Happy Fella (1956), in which he sang Frank Loesser’s ‘My Heart Is So Full Of You’, and in that same year was Jacob Marley in The Stingiest Man In Town, a television musical version of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. He was also on Broadway for Milk And Honey (1961) and in 1970’s one-week flop, Cry For Us All. Weede continued singing into his late sixties, performing in opera and at concerts.