Conrad Thibault (November 13, 1903 – August 1, 1987) was an American baritone vocalist who frequently appeared on radio, recordings, and concert tours.
Thibault was born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he was involved with the church choir. Local resident Calvin Coolidge took notice of him and encouraged him to apply for a scholarship at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he later graduated. He also graduated from the Juilliard School and was a student of Emilio de Gogorza, who became his mentor.
By the early 1930s, he was a regular performer on radio, appearing on such shows as His Master's Voice of the Air, Showboat, The RCA Victor Show, Music in the Air, and as featured soloist with the Ferde Grofé Orchestra. In 1934-1935, he had the singing role of Jack Hamilton on The Gibson Family on NBC radio. In 1946-1947, he was a singer on The American Melody Hour radio program on the Blue Network. He also was heard regularly on The Chicago Theater of the Air,:152 The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts,:179 The Joe Cook Show,:372 and The Packard Hour.:530
In 1949 he became emcee for the ABC Television show The Jacques Fray Music Room, holding that position from August through October. In the 1950s he sang for the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Thibault's repertoire was varied, including baroque arias, spirituals, Wagnerian opera, art songs, Broadway tunes, and patriotic songs. He was known to be personable in concerts, and was expressive with his hands.
Thibault's first wife was Madeleine Gagne, whom he met when they both acted in an amateur production in Northampton, Massachusetts. They married when he was 20, and she died seven years later. He married Eleanor Kendall in 1935. The couple divorced in 1939. In 1942, he married Mary Clare West, a marriage which also ended in divorce in 1950. His fourth wife, Dee Thibault, died in 1986.
- Decca Records
- 23346 - The House I Live In / I Spoke to Jefferson at Guadacanal (1944)
- 24126 - Suzanne, Suzanne, Pretty One / Ah, Suzette Dear (1946)
- 24127 - Marianne's Loves / Pity Poor Mam'selle Zizi (1946)
- 24128 - Come Dance, Codaine / When Your Potato's Done (1946)
- Montgomery Ward Records
- 6059 - You Alone / Shortnin' Bread (1933)
- (RCA) Victor Records
- 1583 - De Captaine Of De Marguerite / Sea Fever
- 1626 - Less than Dust / The Temple Bells
- 1636 - Kashmiri Song / 'Till I Wake
- 1677 - Novembre / Plaisir d'Amour
- 1679 - The Shepherdess / Passing By
- 11829 - Where'er You Walk / Dedication; Our Native Land; Marie (1935)
- 24404 - Last Roundup / Shortnin' Bread (1933)
- 24423 - Love Is the Sweetest Thing / Day You Came Along (1933)
- 24424 - It's Only a Paper Moon / This Is Romance (1933)
- 24465 - Yesterdays / You Alone (1933)
- "Conrad Thibault Dies; An Ex-Radio Vocalist". The New York Times. New York, New York City. August 4, 1987. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
- "Concert Stars on Curtis Program". The Central New Jersey Home News. New Jersey, New Brunswick. December 8, 1929. p. 14. Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Romantic Gibson Family Team". Racine Journal-Times. Wisconsin, Racine. March 15, 1935. p. 26. Retrieved January 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 27–28. ISBN 9780195076783. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 688. ISBN 9780307483201. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
- Baker, Gladys (July–August 1933). "The Tragedy That Made Conrad Thibault Great". Radio Fan-Fare. XXX (4): 19, 48–49. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- Fidler, Jimmie (September 1937). "Behind the Hollywood Front". Radio Mirror. 8 (5): 22. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- Banks, Dale (December 1942). "What's New from Coast to Coast". Radio Mirror. 19 (2): 5. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- Billboard, vol. 56, no. 32, Aug 5, 1944 page 21.
- BroadwayWorld.com "Conrad Thibault". Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Ballantine, New York. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
- Curtis Institute of Music, Overtones, 1929, volume 2, page 44.
- Internet Movie Database, "Conrad Thibault". Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- Nauck, Kurt. Catalogue: Vintage Record Auction Number 38.
- The New York Times, "Mrs. Thibault Gets Divorce From Singer", October 21, 1939, page 7.
- The New York Times, "Conrad Thibault Dies; An Ex-Radio Vocalist", August 4, 1987.
- Settlemier, Tyrone and Abrams, Steven. "The Online Discographical Project - Decca 23000 series". Retrieved June 10, 2010
- Settlemier, Tyrone and Abrams, Steven. "The Online Discographical Project - Decca 24000 series". Retrieved June 10, 2010
- Settlemier, Tyrone and Abrams, Steven. "The Online Discographical Project - Montgomery Ward 6000 series". Retrieved June 10, 2010
- Settlemier, Tyrone and Abrams, Steven. "The Online Discographical Project - Victor 24000 series". Retrieved June 10, 2010
- Upton, Charlotte, "Thibault Wins Huge Audience", The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), April 1, 1955, page 5.