Born Henry (I rather suppose: Heinrich) Korn in Königsberg (and not, what you read most everywhere on
the web, "Königsburg") on 8 May 1907. His family was Jewish, his sister Lotte perished in the ghetto of
Łódź; he must have escaped to the US, where he lived in New York City most of the time, with the exception
of 1938–42, when he was in Hollywood, as a chorister, operetta and show singer, participating also in films. Other than that,
he was a long-term comprimario, for instance at the New York City Opera or in Philadelphia, and gave lots of recitals with his
wife, the soprano Meta Cordy, another Jewish refugee from Germany, whom he had met in New York. Meta Cordy wrote an
autobiography (Nicht nur für Johnny, Berlin 1995).
Schenectady Gazette, January 6 1949
I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the pictures.