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Rudy Vallée (July 28, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer.
Rudy Vallée was born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont, the son of Charles Alphonse and Catherine Lynch Vallée. Both of his parents were born and raised in Vermont, but his grandparents were immigrants. The Vallées were French Canadians from neighboring Quebec, while the Lynches were from Ireland. Vallée grew up in Westbrook, Maine.
After playing drums in his high school band, Vallée played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England as a teenager. In 1917, he decided to enlist for World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15. 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 at the Savoy Hotel in London, where his fellow band-members discouraged his attempts to become a vocalist. He then returned to the United States to obtain a degree in philosophy from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees." With this band, which featured two violins, two saxophones, a piano, a banjo and drums, he started singing (supposedly reluctantly at first). He had a rather thin, wavering tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than jazz numbers. However, his singing, together with his suave manner and boyish good looks, attracted great attention, especially from young women. Vallée was given a recording contract and in 1928, he started performing on the radio.

Vallée 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 the radio. Vallée's trombone-like vocal phrasing on "Deep Night" would inspire later crooners such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments.
Vallée also became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star. Flappers mobbed him wherever he went. 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 brief caricature of him in the Fleischer Brothers' color Betty Boop theatrical short cartoon from 1934 Poor Cinderella depicts him singing through a megaphone.

In 1929, Vallée made his first feature film, The Vagabond Lover for RKO Radio. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity. Despite Vallée's rather wooden initial performances, his acting greatly improved in the late 1930s and 1940s. Also in 1929, Vallée began hosting The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, a very popular radio show at the time.

Vallée's recording career began in 1928 recording for Columbia Records' cheap labels (Harmony, Velvet Tone, and Diva). He signed to Victor in February 1929 and remained with them through to late 1931, leaving after a heated dispute with company executives over title selections. He then recorded for the short-lived, but extremely popular "Hit of the Week" label (which sold records laminated onto cardboard). 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 to the full-priced Victor label. 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.

Vallée continued hosting popular radio variety shows through the 1930s and 1940s. The Royal Gelatin Hour featured various film performers of the era, such as Fay Wray and Richard Cromwell in dramatic skits.

Along with his group, The Connecticut Yankees, Vallée's best known popular recordings included: "The Stein Song" (aka University of Maine fighting song) in 1929  and "Vieni, Vieni" in the latter 1930s. Vallée sang fluently in three Mediterranean languages, and always varied the keys,[citation needed] thus paving the way for later pop crooners such as Dean Martin, Andy Williams and Vic Damone. 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." Vallée couldn't stop laughing for the last couple of verses- supposedly he struggled to keep a straight face at the corny lyrics, and the band members egged him on. He managed a second take reasonably well. The "laughing" version was so infectious, however, that Victor released both takes (take 1 was issued on Victor 24721 with a regular Victor label, and take 2 was issued on Victor 24739 on a special white label that read in bright red: "Dear Rudy, What do you say we let the public have this one? The slip-up makes the record sound funnier" - E. Wallerstein" and "O.K. - R. Vallée".)
Vallée's last 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.) During World War II, Vallée enlisted in the Coast Guard to help direct the 11th district Coast Guard band as a Chief Petty Officer. Eventually he was promoted to Lieutenant and led the 40 piece band to great success. In 1944 he was placed on the inactive list and he returned to radio.

When Vallée 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). Vallée also wrote the introduction for Armstrong's 1936 book Swing That Music.

In 1937 Vallée attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Vallée acted in a number of Hollywood films starting with "The Vagabond Lover" in 1929. His earliest films showed him rather stiff and unemotional. He improved during the 1930s, and by the time he began working with Preston Sturges in the 1940s he had become a successful comedic supporting player. He appeared opposite Claudette Colbert in the 1942 Preston Sturges screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story. Other films in which he appeared include I Remember Mama, Unfaithfully Yours and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

In 1955, Vallée was featured in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain. The production was filmed on location in Paris. The film was based on the Anita Loos novel that was a sequel to her acclaimed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. 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.

In 1971 he made a television appearance as a vindictive surgeon in the Night Gallery episode "Marmalade Wine."

In middle age, Vallée's voice matured into a robust baritone. He performed on Broadway as J.B. Biggley in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and reprised the role in the film version of the show. He appeared in the campy 1960s Batman television show as the character "Lord Marmaduke Ffogg". He toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s. He occasionally opened for The Village People.

Rudy Vallee's song compositions included "Oh! Ma-Ma! (The Butcher Boy)" in 1938, recorded by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, "Deep Night", which was recorded by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, "If You Haven't Got a Girl", "Violets", "Where To", "Will You Remember Me?", "We'll Never Get Drunk Any More", "Sweet Summer Breeze", "Actions Speak Louder Than Words", "Ask Not", "Forgive Me", "Charlie Cadet", "Somewhere In Your Heart", "You Took Me Out Of This World", "Old Man Harlem" with Hoagy Carmichael, which was recorded by the Dorsey Brothers band, "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover", and "Betty Co-Ed".

In 1967 Rudy Vallee recorded a new record album. Called "Hi-Ho Everybody" it was produced by Snuff Garrett and Ed Silvers for Dot Records on its Viva label; arranged by Al Capps. The engineers were Dave Hassinger and Henry Leroy. Included on the album were songs: "Winchester Cathedral", "Michelle", "My Blue Heaven", "Sweet Heart of Sigma Chi", "Who Likes Good Pop Music?", "Bluebird", "Who", "Lady Godiva", "Mame", The Wiffenpoof Song", "Strangers in The Night", and "One of Those Songs".
Vallée was married briefly to actress Jane Greer, but that ended in divorce in 1944. His previous marriage to Leonie Cauchois 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. Their marriage lasted until his death in 1986.

Always loyal to Yale University. He never forgot his Maine roots, and maintained an estate at Kezar Lake in Maine.
Vallée died of cancer at his home on July 3, 1986. He is interred in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery, in Westbrook, Maine.

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SHOWS LIST

Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 32-07-07 (142) Olsen and Johnson
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 32-07-14 (143) First Song - Who Do You Love
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 32-10-13 (156) Otto Kruger, Madge Kennedy
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 32-11-10 (160) George Gershwin - First Song - Fascinating Rhythm
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 32-11-24 (162) Saturday's Children - Raymond Hackett
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-01-12 (169) Romeo And Juliet - Fanny Brice
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-01-26 (171) Twentieth Century - Eugenie Leontivich, Moffat Johnson
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-02-16 (174) Jay Flippin
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-02-23 (175) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Conway Terle, Lou Holtz
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-03-02 (176) The Valiant Bert Lytell
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-03-16 (178) Once in a Lifetime - Hugh O'Connell, Jean Dixon
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-03-23 (179) The Count of Monte Cristo - Robert Loraine
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-04-06 (181) For Services Rendered - Fay Bainter
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-06-08 (190) Bob Hope, Jimmy Wallington
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-07-06 (194) Death Takes a Holiday - Bert Lytell, Gilda Grey
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-07-20 (196) Paul Robeson, Aline Berry
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-08-10 (199) Baby Carriage - Walter O'Keefe
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-08-17 (200) Autumn Crocus - Dorothy Gish, Dino Nardi
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-08-24 (201) The Little Minister - Helen Hayes, John Griggs
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-10-26 (210) Green Pastures - Alice Faye, George Gershwin
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-11-02 (211) Berkeley Square - Margalo Gilmore, Conrad Nagle
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-11-09 (212) The Love Nest - Jean Dixon
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-11-16 (213) Strictly Dishonorable - Margaret Sullivan, Tonio Selwart
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-11-23 (214) Design for Living - Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 33-12-14 (217) Private Jones - James Cagney
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-08-09 (251) Nurse's Day Out - Cornelia Otis Skinner, Robert Armstrong
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-08-23 (253) Adventures of Casper Milquetoast - Ernest Truex
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-08-30 (254) Crossed Roads - Elsie Mae Gordon, Jeanne Aubert
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-09-13 (256) The Love Nest - Wynne Gibson
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-12-13 (269) The Farmer Takes a Wife - Henry Fonda
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-12-20 (270) Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 34-12-27 (271) Alexander's Horse - Cornelia Otis Skinner
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-01-03 (272) Valley Forge - Phillip Merivale, Harry Green
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-01-10 (273) Napoleon's Barbar - Walter Connolly
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-03-14 (282) Robert Emmet - Dennis King, Victor Moore
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-03-21 (283) Noah - Pierre Fresnay
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-04-04 (285) The Tell Tale Heart - Claude Rains
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-06-27 (297) Dear Brutus - Leslie Howard & Daughter
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-07-18 (300) The Third Angle - Gladys George, Roy Smeck
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-08-01 (302) Peg O' My Heart - Laurette Taylor
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-10-24 (314) Mary of Scotland - Gladys Cooper - 6th anniversary
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-10-31 (315) Three Cornered Moon - Mary Boland, Josephine Baker
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-11-07 (316) The Lake - Miriam Hopkins
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-11-14 (317) The Other Place - Colin Clive
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 35-12-19 (322) Church Mouse - Una Merkel, Conrad Nagel
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-01-23 (327) Pursuit of Happiness - Paul Lukas, Peggy Conklin
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-02-27 (332) The Artist - Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helen Keller
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-04-23 (340) Sarah Bernhardt - Eddie Cantor
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-06-18 (348) There's Always Juliet - Margaret Sullavan
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-06-25 (349) Murder in the Cathedral - Harry Irvine, Bert Lahr
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-07-30 (354) The Would-Be Gentleman - Jimmy Savo
Rudy Vallee - Fleischmann's Yeast Hour 36-08-06 (355) Belief - Ricardo Cortez, Luise Rainer
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 36-08-20 Guest - Fanny Brice
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 36-12-03 Guest - Gertrude Lawrence
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 36-12-17 Guest - Shirley Booth
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 36-12-31 Guest - Bea Lillie
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-01-28 Guest - Percy Grainger
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-02-18 Guest - Jean Arthur
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-02-25 Guest - Jean Hersholt
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-03-04 Guest - Walter Abel
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-03-11 Guest - Mary Borland
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-03-25 Guest - Bob Hope
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-04-01 Guest - Marc Connelly
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-04-08 Guest - Henry Hull
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-04-15 Guest - Lou Holtz
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-04-22 Guest - Sir Cedric and Lady Hardwicke
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-04-29 Guest - Claude Rains
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-05-06 Guest - Charles Laughton
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-05-20 Guest - Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-06-17 Guest - Tallulah Bankhead
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-09-16 Guest - Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-12-02 Guest - Lou Holtz
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-12-16 Guest - Luther Adler
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 37-12-23 Guest - Ethel Barrymore
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-01-06 Guest - Elsie Houston
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-03-10 Guest - Thomas Mitchell
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-03-24 Guest - Maxine Sullivan
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-04-07 Guest - Ethel Barrymore
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-04-14 Guest - Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-04-21 Guest - Arthur Bryan, Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-04-28 Guest - Ezra Stone
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-05-05 Guest - Boris Karloff
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-05-12 Guest - Grace George
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-05-19 Guest - Jane Cowl
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-05-26 Guest - Judy Canova
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-06-02 Guest - Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-06-09 Guest - Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-06-16 Guest - Raymond Johnson, Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-06-30 Guest - Eddie Green
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-07-07 Guest - Dennis King, Judy Canova
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-07-14 Guest - Ina Claire, Rags Ragland, Jimmy Durante
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-07-28 Guest - Gertrude Lawrence
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-08-18 Guest - Walter Hampden
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-08-25 Guest - Eric Blore, Frank Craven, Ronald Litz, Ethel Merman
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-09-01 Guest - Grace George, William Brady
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-09-08 Guest - Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-09-15 Guest - Brian Aherne
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-10-20 Guest - Raymond Massey
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-10-27 Guest - Walter Huston
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-11-17 Guest - Benita Hume
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 38-12-01 Guest - Paul Gerrits
Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour 39-02-16 Guest - Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 40-11-28 (039) Escort Service (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 40-12-26 (043) Courtroom Trial (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-01-02 (044) Supporting Cast (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-01-09 (045) Mounted Police (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-01-16 (046) Horror Story (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-05-01 (061) Richard the Third
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-05-08 (062) Kilowatts (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-05-15 (063) The Unconservative Conservatory (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-06-26 (069) Spinach and Sand
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-08-07 (075) Boarding House (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-08-14 (076) Barbecue (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 41-08-21 (077) Real Estate (Rehearsal)
Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 42-08-13 (128) Village Store (Rehearsal)
RUDY 331116 - Margaret Sullivan and Alice Faye
RUDY 331214 - James Cagney
RUDY 341220 - Val and Ernie Stanton
RUDY 361203 - Noel Coward
RUDY 370617 - Fanny Brice
RUDY 380317 - Ed McCormack
RUDY 380928 - Joe Cook
RUDY 401205 - John Barrymore - Rehearsal
RUDY 410626 - Mercedes McCambridge
RUDY 420519 - John Barrymore's Last Performance
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