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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, Rovi
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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.
have you looked into your heart
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
His songs made me fall in love wih my husband over again
papajack1013 9
Awesome voice.R.I.PJ e r r y . Flying high with the Angels now.
Jerry, you and your wonderful voice continues living!
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
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.
RIP Jerry Vale, We'll miss you; I'll miss you.
greenery63
A favorite from the past. RIP
jlmelugin
Mr. Vale has always been one of my favorites - incredible voice!
stu210
STU

I too was born in '32, as was Vale, and I am still a romantic. That was a vintage year.
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.
What an unbelievable voice! Such a delight..I wonder if you realize how much pleasure you bring to others...tha n k you
djvmusicman5 7
great singes Jerry Vale, Dean Mart, Nat Cole, Brook Benton, Peggy Lee
carilynheido r f
Ma ma loves you sunny!
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:)
I loved him from day one and still do!!!!!!!
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,
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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quiet551
THANK YOU
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.....
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
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.
magk057
His image and songs should be in all time capsules!
you will never here music like this again , I hope the future generation picks up on this music
t_a_carlos20 0 0
NON TI VAI DIMENTICARE DI LA SUA VOCE ,NO !! PER CHE EL SUO CUORE HA CANTATO A LA VITA DI TUTTY ;IN QUESTO MONDO !!
IO E NATO IN ARGENTINA ,MA I MIO NONNO HA CANTATO LE CANZIONE DI JERRY VALE ,L A ;GRAZIE TANTTI A TUTTY !!
I love all the songs of Jerry Vale. I use to see him in New York.
clay.covey
I do not like rapp! Jerry Vale only please Thank you, Clay Covey clay.covey@g m a i l . c o m
Did you see Jerry Vale's cameo in the movie Goodfellas singing pretende you don't see her?
Jerry Vale by far the best pure singer of all time. I've seen Jerry many times through the years and every time i marvelled at the sound of his voice. Stay well buddy.....
Dear Valebrancl-- y o u r dad was a favorite in my mom and dad's household and we lived in Texas. He was awesome. Cjones
valebranch
It makes me SO happy to read all of the wonderful comments about my dad and his voice! He has brought so much joy to people.
I SAW HIM IN PERSON IN CONNECTICUT BACK IN THE 50'S, I'M NOW IN MY 80'S, AND I'VE NEVER FORGOTTEN WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE HE HAD.
robabb122501
Ann Marie Byfield
to Ira Kleinberg, Jerry had a stroke several years ago, but is doing
well, and enjoying his retirement. But, never forget his beautiful voice.
robabb122501
Ann Marie Byfield.
Jerry Vale and his wife Rita are dear friends
of my husband and me. He will always be one of the great vocalists of all time as well as a beautiful person. He makes me proud to be Italian.
oh how i love his voice
Love, love, love his music! Jerry Vale is one of the great Italian singers.
vandi59
Always loved the great Italian singers. Jerry Vale always at the top of that list. How is his health, I heard he had a stoke a few years back.
The music of my Italiani mother. Such memories of my childhood... . . .
glasshouse9
Jerry vale is the quintessenti a l singer particularly for those great italian songs I grew up with.
greenblueeye s
My father and grandmother listened to Jerry Vale all the time. I heard it every Sunday at my Grandmother' s house in Mount Vernon, NY. She lived right near Mundy Lane on the border of the Bronx....Jer r y Vale territory. We never missed a Sunday dinner there.
jeanrhunter
Very nice........
I just love his voice
i love the songs that jv sung,he's one of my favorite,
i grew up with him and like him very much.
PHIL C
First Time I ever heard of this guy Jerry Vale. And I actually like him.:)
bgmakriswork
my late mother just adored Jerry Vale, we had his records on our magnavox console...he r favorite JV song was "Domage."
I am Robert Val and JV did his OWN singing CASINO and Goodfella, I was just his manger and proder and son. I can't sing a noe. As a a**. Prod on CASINO, I played piano on Love me the wAY I LOVE YOU ALONG WITH MY chorts on the other instrucments , althought the entire song is done with strings which were to the left oof the piano and not seen. Scorsese is an artist and aclose family friend. THanls John
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