Biography about Tony Fontaine added to collection

The book A Bargain With God: The Tony Fontane Story, by Charles Randall, has been added to the Institute for Regional Studies Archives book collection. Tony Fontaine grew up in North Dakota.  The following book description comes from the back cover:

“Between 1958 and 1974, Tony Fontane was one of the most popular gospel singer in the world. His soaring, lyric tenor voice earned him millions of fans and made an indelible impression on the gospel recording industry. But Fontane was a complex man. He began life with a searing hatred for God that evolved into full-fledged atheism. His career as a pop singer for Mercury and Capitol Records brought him money, fame and all the material trappings of stardom, including friendships with some of Hollywood's biggest names. It was only after a near-fatal car crash in 1957 that he turned to Christianity and – after making a bold bargain with God – a career as a gospel singer

This is the story of Tony Fontane, his rise from poverty to stardom, his conversion from atheism to Christianity, and his untimely death in 1974.  It is the only full-length biography ever written about Fontane and contains much never-before-published information about his life, as well as some previously unseen photographs.”

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