JERRY VALE ~ BIRTHDAY 79 TODAY

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In order to make some money while in high school, Jerry Vale he took a job shining
shoes in a barbershop in New York City. He sang while he shined shoes, and his
boss liked the sound so well that he paid for music lessons for the boy. Vale soon
started singing in high school musicals which let to night club gigs, including one
that lasted for three years. It was there that Jerry was discovered by songwriter
Paul Insetta, who was also a road manager for singer Guy Mitchell. He was signed
to a management contract, made some demo recordings for Columbia Records and,
as they say, the rest is history. His version of the National Anthem, recorded in the
late 1960s, was a fixture at sporting events for many years. Vale and Rita, his wife
of over forty years, reside in Palm Desert, California.

 

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posted by Bob Karm in BIRTHDAY,DEBUT,HISTORY,MUSIC,THEN AND NOW and have Comments (8)

8 Responses to “JERRY VALE ~ BIRTHDAY 79 TODAY”

  1. JOE COOK says:

    HIS BEST EFFORT WAS A 1956 HIT, (ACTUALLY DEBUTED ON THE BILLBOARD CHART JULY 7th,
    55 YEARS AGO) “YOU DON’T KNOW ME” WHICH
    PEAKED AT # 14. SIX YEARS LATER RAY CHARLES TOOK THE SAME SONG TO # 2!

    • Carole says:

      Every song was his best effort; one of the most romantic and best voices ever. Much better than Frank Sinatra.

  2. Kathy Stephens says:

    I agree with Carole. I’m listening to “I Remember Buddy” right now and absolutely love every song he sings! Wish I had been able to see him in person!

  3. Christopher Parker says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Jerry Vale sing in person a few times from the early 70’s through the 80’s. The very best singing voice I’ve ever heard. He reaches notes as smooth as can be done. I truly wish he was still performing.

  4. carla says:

    Happy Birthday Jerry, your a wonderful singer my whole family loves your songs …and to this day still play them often . I personally got to see you when you came to ohio and sang at the front row theater..it was wonderful …thank you for all the beautiful music..

  5. ONE OF THE VERY BEST SINGERS. ANYWHERE……JACK ENGLISH…WEST HOLLYWOOD

  6. ONE OF THE VERY BEST…JACK ENGLISH WEHO

  7. Bev Strickland says:

    Jerry Vale has one of the most beautiful voices that I have ever heard. I wonder if he still performs. I would travel for miles to see him in person. Happy Birthday Jerry!

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