Rudy Vallée was a groundbreaking bandleader, songwriter, comedian, actor and singer. His vocal technique, soft and intimate, was perfectly suited to the then new medium of radio, and spawned the style known as crooning. He was a major influence on Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He recorded for Bluebird, RCA, Columbia, Perfect, Melotone, Conqueror and Romeo and made a large number of short films performing his hit songs, making him a precursor of the video age.
Hubert Prior Vallée was born in Vermont, but grew up in Maine. He played clarinet and saxophone in high school, but when WWI broke out Vallée, then only 15, enlisted in the Navy using a false birth certificate. He was... Read More