The great Jenny Lind retired from the stage completely defeated, only to return as the most popular singer of her time.
I ain't a singer for nothing; I ain't the most popular singer in the slums for nought.
Did you ever hear of Rancher Dane, who stripped himself of all his possessions to advance the career of a now popular singer?
I ain't your cousin Hetty, and the most popular singer in the Liverpool slums, for nought.
William Pearman, the tenor, a popular singer, second only to Braham in sea songs.