|Birth name(s):||Hubert Prior Vallée|
|Date of birth:||July 28, 1901|
|Birth location:||Island Pond, Vermont|
|Date of death:||July 3, 1986 (Aged 84)|
|Death location:||North Hollywood, California|
|Genre(s):||singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer|
|Spouse(s):||Leonie Cuachois (anul)|
Fay Webb (div)
Jane Greer 1944 (div)
Eleanor Norris 1946-86
Rudy Vallée (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. Events 1540 - Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of Treason. Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting "Island Pond" is also the name of several bodies of water Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles California. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. A genre (ˈʒɑːnrə also /ˈdʒɑːnrə/ from French "kind" or "sort" from Latin: genus (stem gener-) is a loose set An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A bandleader is the leader of a band of Musicians The term is most commonly though not exclusively used with a group that plays Popular music as Jane Greer ( September 9, 1924 &ndash August 24, 2001) was a film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as Femme Events 1540 - Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of Treason. Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A bandleader is the leader of a band of Musicians The term is most commonly though not exclusively used with a group that plays Popular music as Born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont, the son of Charles Alphonse and Catherine Lynch Vallée. "Island Pond" is also the name of several bodies of water Vermont ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. Both of his parents were born and raised in Vermont, but their parents were immigrants; the Vallées being of French Canadian origin, while the Lynches were from Ireland. Rudy grew up in Westbrook, Maine. Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County Maine, United States. The State of Maine ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean In high school, he took up the saxophone and acquired the nickname "Rudy" after then famous saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. The saxophone (commonly referred to simply as sax) is a conical- bored transposing Musical instrument considered a member of the Woodwind Rudolph "Rudy" Cornelius Wiedoeft ( January 3, 1893 - February 18, 1940) was a U
Having played drums in his high school band, Vallee played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells The clarinet is a Musical instrument in the Woodwind family The name derives from adding the suffix -et meaning little to the Italian word The saxophone (commonly referred to simply as sax) is a conical- bored transposing Musical instrument considered a member of the Woodwind History See also History of New England New England's earliest inhabitants were Algonquian -speaking Native Americans including the In 1917, he decided to enlist for World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15. Year 1917 ( MCMXVII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All A military discharge is given when a member of the Armed forces is released from his or her obligation to serve The United States of America —commonly referred to as the He enlisted in Portland, Maine on March 29, 1917, under the false birthdate of July 28, 1899. He was discharged at the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, on May 17, 1917 with 41 days of active service.  From 1924 through 1925, he played with the "Savoy Havana Band" in London. Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. He then returned to the States to obtain a degree in Philosophy from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees. " With this band, which featured two violins, two saxophones, a piano, a banjo and drums, he started taking vocals (supposedly reluctantly at first). The violin is a bowed String instrument with four strings usually tuned in Perfect fifths It is the smallest and highest-pitched member The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers The banjo is a Stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments He had a rather thin, wavering tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than attempting vocals on jazz numbers. The tenor is the highest male voice within the Modal register, just above the Baritone voice A ballad is a Poem usually set to Music; thus it often is a story told in a Song. Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States However, his singing, together with his suave manner and handsome boyish looks, attracted great attention, especially from young women. Vallee was given a recording contract and in 1928, he started performing on the radio. A recording contract (commonly called a record deal) is a legal agreement between a Record label and a Recording artist (or group where the artist Year 1928 ( MCMXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light.
Vallee became the most prominent and, arguably, the first of a new style of popular singer, the crooner. Previously, popular singers needed strong projecting voices to fill theaters in the days before the electric microphone. Crooners had soft voices that were well suited to the intimacy of the new medium of radio. Vallee's trombone-like vocal phrasing on "Deep Night" would inspire later crooners such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como to model their voice on jazz instruments. The trombone is a Musical instrument in the brass family Like all brass instruments it is a lip-reed Aerophone: sound is produced when the player’s Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby ( May 3, 1903 &ndash October 14, 1977) was an Academy Award winning American Popular Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como ( May 18 1912 &ndash May 12 2001) was an Italian-American singer and television personality
Vallee also became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star. The twentieth century of the Common Era began on "Popular press" redirects here note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint "The Popular Press" A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention Flappers (the predecessors of "bobby soxers"), mobbed him wherever he went. The term flapper in the 1920s referred to a "new breed" of young Women who wore short skirts bobbed their hair listened to the new Jazz music Bobby soxer was a term coined in the 1940s to describe the overly zealous usually Teenage, fans of singer Frank Sinatra, the first singing Teen idol His live appearances were usually sold out, and even if his singing could hardly be heard in those venues not yet equipped with the new electronic microphones, his screaming female fans went home happy if they had caught sight of his lips through the opening of the trademark megaphone he sang through. A megaphone, speaking-trumpet, bullhorn or loud hailer is a portable usually hand-held funnel-shaped device whose application is to amplify
In 1929, Vallee made his first feature film, The Vagabond Lover (RKO Radio). Year 1929 ( MCMXXIX) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity. Despite Vallee's rather wooden initial performances, his acting greatly improved in the late 1930s and 1940s. Also in 1929, Vallee began hosting The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour. The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour (aka The Rudy Vallée Show, aka The Fleischmann Yeast Hour, aka The Fleischmann Hour
Vallee's recording career began in 1928 recording for Columbia Records' cheap labels (Harmony, Velvet Tone, and Diva). Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company Velvet Tone Records was a United States based Record label, active from 1925 through 1932. Diva Records was a United States based Record label from 1925 to 1931 He signed to Victor in February 1929 and remained through late 1931, leaving after a heated dispute with company executives over title selections. Victrola redirects here For other uses see Victrola (disambiguation The Victor Talking Machine Company ( 1901 – 1929 He then recorded for the short-lived, but extremely popular "Hit of the Week" label (which sold records laminated onto cardboard). Hit of the Week Records was a Record label based in the United States of America in the early 1930s. In August 1932, he signed with Columbia and stayed with them through 1933; he returned to Victor in June 1933. His records were issued on Victor's new budget label, Bluebird, until November 1933 when he was moved up the full-priced Victor label. Bluebird Records is a sub- label of RCA Victor Records originally created in 1932 to counter ARC Records in the "3 records for a dollar" He stayed with Victor until signing with ARC in 1936, who released his records on their Perfect, Melotone, Conqueror and Romeo labels until 1937 when he returned to Victor. The American Record Corporation, often known as ARC Records or simply ARC, was a United States based Record company. Perfect Records was a United States based Record label of the 1920s and 1930s Conqueror Records was a United States based Record label, active from about 1926 through 1942. Romeo Records (c 1938 was a Record label based in the United States of America in the 1920s and 1930s
Vallee continued hosting popular radio variety shows through the 1930s and 1940s. A variety show or variety entertainment is an entertainment made up of a variety of acts especially Musical performances and Comedy Skits and The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be The Royal Gelatin Hour featured various film performers of the era, such as Fay Wray and Richard Cromwell in dramatic skits. The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour (aka The Rudy Vallée Show, aka The Fleischmann Yeast Hour, aka The Fleischmann Hour An era is a commonly used word for long period of time When used in science for example geology eras denote clearly defined periods of time of arbitrary but well defined Vina Fay Wray ( September 15, 1907 &ndash August 8, 2004) was a Canadian &ndash American actress and the first Richard Cromwell, born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh ( -) was an American actor
Along with his group, The Connecticut Yankees, Vallee's best known popular recordings included: "The Stein Song" (aka University of Maine fighting song) in the early part of the decade and "Vieni, Vieni" in the latter '30s. The University of Maine, established in 1865 is the Flagship University of the University of Maine System. A decade is a period of 10 Years (since 1594 a factor of 10 difference between two numbers, or sometimes a set or a group of ten (since 1451 Remarkably for an American, Vallee sang fluently in three Mediterranean languages, and always varied the keys, thus paving the way for later pop crooners such as Dean Martin, Andy Williams and Vic Damone. In Music theory, the term key is used in many different and sometimes contradictory ways Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7 1917 &ndash December 25 1995 was an American Singer, Film Actor, television personality Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (born December 3 1927 in Wall Lake Iowa) is an American pop singer Vic Damone (born June 12, 1928) is an Italian American Singer. Another memorable rendition of his is "Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries", in which he imitates Willie Howard's voice in the final chorus. One of his record hits was "The Drunkard Song," popularly known as "There Is a Tavern in the Town. " Vallee couldn't stop laughing during the first take, and managed a second take reasonably well. The "laughing" version was so infectious, however, that Victor released both takes.
Vallee's last significant hit song was the 1943 reissue of the melancholy ballad "As Time Goes By", popularized in the feature film Casablanca in 1943 (Due to the mid-1940s recording ban, Victor reissued the version he had recorded 15 years earlier. Casablanca ( is an American Romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. ) During World War II, Vallee performed with the Coast Guard Band, entertaining U. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including S. troops with this 40-piece orchestra until 1944. Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
When Vallee took his contractual vacations from his national radio show in 1937, he insisted his sponsor hire Louis Armstrong as his substitute  (this was the first instance of an African-American fronting a national radio program). Radio programming is the content that is broadcast by Radio stations The original inventors of radio such as Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Louis Armstrong (August 4 1901 &ndash July 6 1971 nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American Jazz Trumpeter African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Vallee also wrote the introduction for Armstrong's 1936 book "Swing That Music".
Vallee acted in a number of Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s. The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be Displaying his comedic abilities, one of his best acting roles is as the millionaire playboy on whom Claudette Colbert relies on in the 1942 screwball comedy directed by Preston Sturges, The Palm Beach Story. Claudette Colbert ( IPA: /koʊlˈbɛɹ/ ( September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was a French -born American stage Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The screwball comedy is a subgenre of the comedy Film genre. It has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring film genres Preston Sturges ( August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) originally Edmund Preston Biden was a celebrated Screenwriter and The Palm Beach Story is a romantic Screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, and starring Claudette Colbert, His other notable performances were in I Remember Mama, Unfaithfully Yours and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. This article is about the 1944 play and subsequent 1948 feature film Unfaithfully Yours is a 1948 Screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a 1947 Screwball comedy film starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple.
In 1955, Vallee was featured in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain. Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a 1955 Musical film made by Russ-Field productions starring Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain, and Jane Russell (born June 21) is an American film actress and Sex symbol. Alan Young (born 19 November 1919 is an Emmy Award -winning prolific Character actor, best known for his Television role opposite a talking horse Jeanne Elizabeth Crain ( May 25, 1925 – December 14, 2003) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. The production was filmed on location in Paris. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city The film was based on the Anita Loos novel that was a sequel to her acclaimed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos ( April 26 1888 &ndash August 18 1981) was an acclaimed American Screenwriter, Playwright Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a Comic novel written by Anita Loos first published in 1925 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was popular throughout Europe at the time and was released in France as A Paris Pour les Quatre ("Paris for the Four"), and in Belgium as Tevieren Te Parijs. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those
In middle age, Vallee's voice matured into a robust baritone. Middle age is the period of life beyond Young adulthood but before the onset of Old age. (In his later years he told a collector of his early records that "Everything I did before 1950 you can shit on. ") He performed on Broadway in the show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and appeared in the film of the same name. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack He appeared in the campy 1960s Batman television show as the character "Lord Marmaduke Fogg". The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 Batman is a 1960s American Television series, based on the DC Comic book character of the same name. He toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. He occasionally opened for The Village People. Village People are a concept Disco group formed in the late 1970s
Vallee was married briefly to the younger actress Jane Greer, but that ended in divorce in 1944. Jane Greer ( September 9, 1924 &ndash August 24, 2001) was a film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as Femme Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. His previous marriage to Leonie Cuachois was annulled and the one to Fay Webb ended in divorce. After divorcing Jane Greer, he married Eleanor Norris in 1946, who wrote a memoir, My Vagabond Lover. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. for other uses see Memoir (disambiguation As a literary Genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire Their marriage lasted until his death in 1986. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar)
Rudy Vallee died on July 3, 1986 at the age of 84, and he was interred in St. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) Hyacinth's Cemetery, Westbrook, Maine, from which his headstone has been falsely rumored to have been stolen. Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County Maine, United States. A headstone, tombstone or gravestone is a marker normally carved from stone, placed over or next to the site of a Burial However, it remains in place, and reads "Rudy Vallee, July 28, 1901-July 3, 1986, Loving Husband of Eleanor, Music, Radio, Films," and includes the U. S. Coast Guard Emblem.
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