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Jerry Vale

Jerry Vale's beautiful high-tenor voice graced many of the most enchanting pop songs of the '50s and '60s, including a parade of Italian-American favorites like "Innamorata (Sweetheart)," "Volare," "Amore, Scusami," and his signature song, "Al Di La." Vale, born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in 1932, learned the Italian repertoire from an early age; his mother often sang around the house and trotted out the old songs at extended-family gatherings. While shining shoes at a local barber shop at the age of 11, young Vitaliano began singing popular songs for customers while he worked. He was soon sent to a vocal coach, where he learned piano as well as voice. Over the course of just four years, he'd progressed from school productions to paying gigs to residencies at supper clubs around New York City.

After Guy Mitchell caught his set at one club, Jerry Vale began recording demonstration discs for Columbia. When A&R supremo Mitch Miller heard his excellent voice, however, he signed Vale to his own contract. Vale first hit the charts in 1953 with "You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart" (arranged by Percy Faith), and continued during the mid-'50s with "Two Purple Shadows," "I Live Each Day," and his biggest hit, "You Don't Know Me." Though his first explicitly Italian recording, "Innamorata (Sweetheart)," finally appeared in 1956, it wasn't until 1962 that Vale convinced the notoriously conservative Miller to record a full album of Italian songs. I Have But One Heart proved a big seller and was followed one year later by Arrivederci, Roma and a continental LP, The Language of Love, both of which placed even higher than the first on the album charts.

Though the mid-'60s were a trying time for traditional pop singers, Vale continued to be successful, with singles like "Have You Looked Into Your Heart" and "For Mama," and Top 40 LPs like There Goes My Heart and It's Magic. And even after his albums began failing to make the charts in the early '70s, Vale remained a popular name in clubs and on television throughout the '70s and '80s. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sings The Great Italian Hits

1. Innamorata (Sweetheart)

2. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)

3. Ciao, Ciao, Bambina

4. Non Dimenticar

5. O Sole Mio

6. Mama

7. Arrivederci Roma

8. Al Di La

9. Mala Femmina

10. Ah! Camminare

11. Summertime In Venice

12. Come Back To Sorrento

13. Luna Rosa

14. Amore, Scusami

15. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

16. Rusella E' Maggio

17. Oh Marie

18. More

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. And No One Knows

2. And This Is My Beloved

3. Two Purple Shadows

4. Go

5. Innamorata (Sweetheart)

6. Enchanted

7. You Don't Know Me

8. Pretend You Don't See Her

9. Go Chase A Moonbeam

10. Prima Donna

11. Solitaire

12. If

13. Al Di La

14. Have You Looked Into Your Heart

15. For Mamma

16. Somewhere

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Track List: 17 Most Requested Songs

1. Have You Looked Into Your Heart

2. Mama

3. Two Purple Shadows

4. Old Cape Cod

5. You Don't Know Me

6. Al Di La

7. Be My Love

8. Tears Keep On Falling

9. Mala Femmina

10. Dommage, Dommage (Too Bad, Too Bad)

11. Pretend You Don't See Her

12. 'o Sole Mio

13. The Impossible Dream

14. Arrivederci, Roma

15. Love Is A Many-Spendored Thing

16. Innamorata

17. Amore, Scusami (My Love, Forgive Me)

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bg469
Brings back memories of Sunday mornings on Long Island ... the therapeutic aroma of garlic and oil at home with Mom making the Sunday sauce and Jerry Vale on the Joe Rottolo radio show !!!
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Relaxing
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I'll go to the end of the world
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I'm at heaven's door
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paddyncracke r
Al Di La, best male voice ever!
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What an incredible voice!
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What a voice
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My husband and I had Jerry Vale's Innamorata as "our song" and played it at our wedding (over and over) at our wedding in1960.
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All these songs on tony martins station brought back great memories and tear
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The holiday house was in monroeville, penna
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I met jerry in person at the holiday house in monroeville. g o t his autograph. Super nice gentleman! This was in1983.
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became a fan while my father was listening to his albums. Incredible vocalist!
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rmanzy33
Unquestionab l y my favorite!
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sugwoman
Jerry Vale, is one of the greatest Italian singers of his time
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God bless bella voice, Jerry Bene' Gracia'
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He is the best, what a beautiful voice
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Saw him in Vegas. Great and smooth voice...
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rinerwm
jerry rocks!!! love listening after a hard days work!!! for sure!
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What a wonderful voice.
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Listen to him sing MAMA it makes you remember your own, such emotion and love in that voice. He will always be remembered
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LIKE ! ! ! !
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Wow, stu210...ver y very cool to see someone in their 80's embracing technology and commenting on things on Pandora. I wish my grandmothers were the same!
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Christmas music
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Ray c 1931. Jerry is the only singer that when I hear him it makes me want to sing
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Jerry vale was my mom and aunts neighbors
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He was royalty
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My wife & I dated to Jerry's beautiful songs, especially You don't Know Me. His rendition of Love Is A Splendored Thing was our wedding song.
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have you looked into your heart
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Jerry Vale was one of my husband's favorite singers. My husband is gone now. When I hear Jerry's voice, I feel close to him. Jessie
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His songs made me fall in love wih my husband over again
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papajack1013 9
Awesome voice.R.I.PJ e r r y . Flying high with the Angels now.
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Jerry, you and your wonderful voice continues living!
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pujltd
Jerry may you RIP you were the most smoothest voice i've every heard and loved.may you sing in heaven with thoses before you like FRANK and DEAN and the rest of the great singers that had left us.
Goodnight,Go d Bless, I love you
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carla_jt
RIP - what a treasure! He used to come into a bookstore I worked in, and he was nothing but a gentleman. Was so sad to hear of his passing, but that beautiful voice will live forever.
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RIP Jerry Vale, We'll miss you; I'll miss you.
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greenery63
A favorite from the past. RIP
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jlmelugin
Mr. Vale has always been one of my favorites - incredible voice!
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stu210
STU

I too was born in '32, as was Vale, and I am still a romantic. That was a vintage year.
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As a now-retired singer with the Army Chorus for 30 years, I can truly say that Jerry Vale and Vic Damone were such great artists. Purity poured over their vocal cords. The Goodfellas cameo was Vale at his finest! Thank you, and all the others of that generation! Still a pleasure to listen to.
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What an unbelievable voice! Such a delight..I wonder if you realize how much pleasure you bring to others...tha n k you
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djvmusicman5 7
great singes Jerry Vale, Dean Mart, Nat Cole, Brook Benton, Peggy Lee
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Ma ma loves you sunny!
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papajack1013 9
LOVE HIM !! My Husband adored him. Everytime I hear his songs I THINK OF MY HUSBAND TY SO VERY MUCH FOR BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.EXC E L L E N T VOICE AND SINGS WITH MEANING Grazie:)
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I loved him from day one and still do!!!!!!!
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I'm 53 years old and wish I could have seen Jerry live. A beautiful voice and from everything I've ever heard about him a great man. God bless you Mr. Vale. Thank you for your music,
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mariongttmnn
HIS LOVE

His tears were shed on the
mountain by the way of the cross
his life he gave to save our
our world from loss

Each day I walk this mountain
path by faith I'm left to climb
I pray he lets me enter
when I leave this world behind

(c) Marion Guttmann

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A Poet's Poet Marion Guttmann writes short rhyming story poems one of the better poet of today his site is WWW.POETRYPO E M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8
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quiet551
THANK YOU
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I can't add much to what has been said or written but will say this, as a performer & artist he was
(is) still one of the greats. God Bless.....
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For Mr Gambassi: Jerry Vale did NOT appear in the movice Goodfellas, it was a look-a-like, this was Scorces' deceision. I like the song he sang in the movie the best....Pret e n d you dont see her.Bob Vassallo
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Jerry is my all-time favorite crooner from that magical era of music. Happy to say I am one of the few, but proud, young people carrying this music's torch into the future. Long live real music.
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