A Voice In A Million

She was born plain Mary O'Rourke of Helensburgh in 1913 but rose to fame as Master Joe Petersen, "The Phenomenal Boy Singer" - the singing choirboy in an Eton collar who was really a girl.

John Fitzsimmons tells her remarkable bitter-sweet story, from the heady days as a recording star in London in the 1930s to her performances in Variety in Scotland in the 1950s - still in the guise of Master Joe.

Audiences loved her, but behind the choirboy image and the wonderful voice was a chaotic personal life.

With contributions from Johnny Beattie, Madie Murray and biographer Frank Wappatt.

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She was born plain Mary O'Rourke of Helensburgh in 1913 but rose to fame as Master Joe Petersen, "The Phenomenal Boy Singer" - the singing choirboy in an Eton collar who was really a girl.

John Fitzsimmons tells her remarkable bitter-sweet story, from the heady days as a recording star in London in the 1930s to her performances in Variety in Scotland in the 1950s - still in the guise of Master Joe.

Audiences loved her, but behind the choirboy image and the wonderful voice was a chaotic personal life.

With contributions from Johnny Beattie, Madie Murray and biographer Frank Wappatt.