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Opera singer Todd Duncan in 1930, photographed by Addison Scurlock. In 1935, Mr. Duncan was selected by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess" and in 1955, he was the first person to record the now classic song, “Unchained Melody." Mr. Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University in 1925, and a master’s at Columbia University Teachers College in 1930. He later taught voice at Howard University, well into his 90’s, for over fifty years.