Vallée, Rudy 1901-1986

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Bandleader, singer, saxophonist, actor, and publisher.

From the description of Autograph card signed : [n.p.], [197-?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270913282

Rudy Vallee was one of the most popular vocalists of the pre-swing era. With his megaphone and nasal voice, he will forever be remembered as the archetypal image of the early crooners. Born in Island Pond, Vermont, in 1901, Hubert Prior Vallee grew up in Westbrook, Maine, where he played drums in his high school band. He dropped out of school and joined the Navy in 1917, at the start of America's involvement in WWI, but was soon discharged when the Navy discovered that he was only fifteen years old. Returning home, he found work as a movie projectionist and began to study the clarinet but switched to the saxophone when he first heard recordings of sax player Rudy Wiedoeft. He also re-entered high school and graduated, enrolling at the University of Maine in 1921. Hubert's fraternity brothers, knowing of his great admiration for Wiedoeft, nicknamed him 'Rudy' Vallee, a name which stuck. In the fall of 1922, Vallee transferred to Yale University, where he worked for his tuition by playing at country clubs, social functions, and school dances, often as a member of the Yale Collegians. He also began to sing, using a megaphone to enhance his voice. It quickly became one of his trademarks and, in those days before electric amplification, was later copied by other vocalists. His career included theater, Broadway stage, screen, radio, TV, composer, author, recordings, singer, actor, stand-up comedian, orchestra leader, musician, night club, college, military service, and a career longevity span from 1921 to 1986. He introduced the Maine Stein Song on his radio show in 1930. It became an instant hit. He died in 1986.

From the description of Papers and memorabilia, 1917-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 54843326

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn University of Maine. Rudy Vallée Tribute Committee. Records, 1987-1989. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Eppes, William D. Autograph collection of William D. Eppes, 1908-1998. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Johnny Green papers, 1920-1991. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Wallace, Mike, 1918-. Mike Wallace interviews : black and white 16mm film, 1957-1958. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977. Papers of MacKinlay Kantor, 1885-1977 (bulk 1920-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Weed, Addie,. Oral history interview, 1975. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Maine Folklife Center
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981. Old man Harlem [sound recording] / [Hoagy Carmichael, music ; Rudy Vallee, lyrics]. Indiana University, Archives of Traditional Music
creatorOf Burrows, Abe, 1910-1985. Abe Burrows papers, 1904-1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf [Rudy Vallee, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1929. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Adams, Robert Neal. Robert Neal Adams papers, 1933-1975. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
referencedIn Richard Rodgers collection of musicals and interviews [sound recording], 1926-1980 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Papers and memorabilia, 1917-1984. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Livers, Lorene,. [Rudy Vallée scrapbooks] Raymond H. Fogler Library
creatorOf Tracy, Lee, 1898-1968. Lee Tracy collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1934-1964. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Fellowship Commission. Photographs, 1946-1985 (Inclusive Dates). Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Abe Burrows papers, 1904-1993 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Maine stein song collection, 1927-1990. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn French, Ralph. Papers 1935-1955. Thousand Oaks Public Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Papers 1901-1986, (bulk 1925-1975). Thousand Oaks Public Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library
referencedIn Sosnik, Harry, 1906-1996. Papers, 1920-1995. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. Collection of musicals and interviews [sound recording], 1926-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lee Tracy collection of noncommercial recordings, 1934-1964 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Allen, Fred, 1894-1956. Mail call, radio program [sound recording]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sillman, Leonard. Leonard Sillman collection, 1923-1968. Boston University, School of Medical
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Papers of the Sitwell family [manuscript], 1960, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn MacKinlay Kantor Papers, 1885-1977, (bulk 1920-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Barstow, Richard. Correspondence to Morgan James, 1958-1977. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Cofrances, Harry William, 1902-1969. Harry William Cofrances papers, 1913-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Autograph card signed : [n.p.], [197-?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. The John Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Correspondence to Morgan James, 1958-1977 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Grier, Jimmie. Jimmie Grier papers, 1930-1960. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Jones, Harry M. (Harry Martin), 1890-1973. Capt. Harry M. Jones collection, 1916-2006. Harmon Museum/Old Orchard Beach Historical Society
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. The J. Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Scrapbook on popular musicians [1938-1940]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1935-ca. 1936. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn National Broadcasting Company. Recollections at 30 [sound recording], 1957. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
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associatedWith Adams, Robert Neal. person
associatedWith Barstow, Richard person
associatedWith Barstow, Richard. person
associatedWith Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. person
associatedWith Burrows, Abe, 1910-1985. person
associatedWith Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981. person
associatedWith Cofrances, Harry William, 1902-1969. person
associatedWith Dolan, Robert Emmett, 1908-1972 person
associatedWith Eppes, William D. person
associatedWith Fellowship Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith French, Ralph. person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Grier, Jimmie person
associatedWith Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. person
correspondedWith Jones, Harry M. (Harry Martin), 1890-1973. person
correspondedWith Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977. person
associatedWith Livers, Lorene, person
associatedWith National Broadcasting Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. person
correspondedWith Sillman, Leonard. person
associatedWith Sosnik, Harry, 1906-1996 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Tracy, Lee, 1898-1968. person
associatedWith University of Maine. Rudy Vallée Tribute Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Mike, 1918- person
associatedWith Weed, Addie, person
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United States
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Television scripts
Musicians
Radio scripts
Musicals--Scores
Occupation
Lyricists
Performer
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Birth 1901-07-28

Death 1986-07-04

Americans

English

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