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to be taken for granted. They were very friendly.
I made it a practice, from time to time--not once a year, but over the period of time--to stop by
and see them. And it's beautiful country anyway, so it's no hardship to spend some time in
the Salt Lake City area. On one of the occasions they invited me to choir practice. The
Mormon Tabernacle Choir is very popular and very important to the church. I sat in on the
choir practice, and it was a moving experience, in the Tabernacle. Well, I wasn't in the
tabernacle. I was in an adjoining building--because unless you're a member, you don't get
into the Tabernacle itself.
It occurred to me, and on an earlier occasion one of my associates had said to me once, “Why
don't we record the Tabernacle Choir for records?”
We were broadcasting--see, it was not only an affiliate--I dropped something in my
conversation. On Sunday morning we used to have an hour of the Salt Lake Tabernacle
Choir on the air.
I remember that.
Sure. That was another reason for stopping to see them. I put the question to one
of the elders of the church--would they be interested in having us record the choir and put it
on a Columbia record label and distribute it generally. They were very pleased with the
suggestion, and it was not out of any particular love on my part--it was just a good matter of
relations with the station and the church, because they had this far-flung international
organization. I could believe that they would feature these records in their announcements,
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