Masked Singer, The

Romolo De Spirito was known as “the Masked Singer” a mysterious road agent featured during the 1949 season of the musical variety show VILLAGE BARN/NBC/1948-50.


The country music program originated live from New York’s Village Barn Nightclub at 52 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village.

Note: During the 1966-1967 season of the talk show THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW/NBC/SYN/CBS/SYN/1962-86, a hooded “Mystery Singer” was featured. He was played by David Soul, a veteran of such series as HERE COME THE BRIDES/ABC/1968-70 and STARSKY AND HUTCH/ABC/1975-79.

The NBC musical variety program THE GOODRICH SILVERTOWN ORCHESTRA broadcast on radio from 1929-36 featured Joseph M. White, known as the “Silver Masked Tenor” who always wore a silver mask while performing and whose identity was concealed for years. He developed a large following of fans in the late 1920s and early 1930s.



Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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