Peter Smith Dawson, January 31, 1882 in Adelaide, Australia Died September 27, 1961 Have a listen on Youtube. One of the most perfectly-focused bass-baritone voices ever recorded, with crystal clear diction and an amazing range reaching from the bass bottom D to the tenor top A flat. Peter's earliest recordings were on Victrola cylinders and his last ones were stereo LPs. When he chose to record opera or oratorio it was exquisite but essentially he made his career in Victorian/Edwardian ballads and the semi-pop of his day. Sadly, like others of his countrymen/ women, he had to achieve his full potential abroad.