Vaughn Monroe

Vaughn Wilton Monroe(October 7, 1911 – May 21, 1973) was an American baritone singer , trumpeter and big band leader and actor, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ; for recording and radio.

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 Vaughn Monroe's Biography

He graduated from Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania in 1929,where he was Senior Class President and voted "Most Likely to Succeed." After graduation, he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology , where he was an active member of the Sigma Nu fraternity . Monroe attended New England Conservatory for one semester in 1935, studying voice with Clarence B. Shirley.

Monroe formed his first orchestra in Boston in 1940 and became its principal vocalist. He began recording for RCA Victor 's subsidiary Bluebird label . That same year, Monroe built The Meadows, a restaurant and nightclub on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts , west of Boston .

on CBS .

In 1952, Monroe and his orchestra had a weekly program on Saturday nights on NBC radio. Those programs originate on location from wherever the band happened to be touring. Each program featured a focus on a college in the United States.

The Meadows burned to the ground in December 1980 after sitting shuttered and vacant for a number of years.

or "Leather Lungs".[citation needed]

Among his other hits were " In the Still of the Night " (1939), " There I Go " (1941), " There I've Said It Again " (1945), " Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow " (1946), " Ballerina " (1947), " Melody Time " (1948), " Riders in the Sky " (1949), " Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) " (1949), " Sound Off " (1951), and " In the Middle of the House " (1956). He also turned down the chance to record " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ".

Movies also beckoned, although he did not pursue it with vigor. Monroe appeared inMeet the People(1944),Carnegie Hall(1947),Singing Guns(1950), andThe Toughest Man in Arizona(1952). He co-authoredThe Adventures of Mr. Putt Putt(1949), a children's book about airplanes and flying.

Monroe as a guest star in a 1962Bonanzaepisode.

on CBS Television (1950–51, 1954–55) and appeared onBonanza,The Mike Douglas Show,The Ed Sullivan Show,Texaco Star Theatre,The Jackie Gleason Show,The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, andAmerican Bandstand.He was a major stockholder in RCA and appeared in print ads and television commercials for the company's TV and audio products.

He was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , one for Recording at 1600 Vine Street and one for Radio at 1755 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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 Vaughn Monroe's Personal life

Monroe was a licensed pilot and often flew himself to tour dates in his own Lockheed 12A airplane.

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 Vaughn Monroe's Death

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 Vaughn Monroe's Singles

YearTitleChart positions
US
1940 "There I Go"5
1941 "So You're the One"18
"High on a Windy Hill"15
" There'll Be Some Changes Made "20
"G'bye Now"14
" Yours (Quiereme Mucho) "18
1942 " The Shrine of Saint Cecilia "20
" Tangerine "16
"Three Little Sisters"18
"My Devotion"5
" When the Lights Go On Again "2
1943 " Let's Get Lost "8
1944 " The Trolley Song "4
"Take It, Jackson"20
" The Very Thought of You "14
1945 " Rum and Coca-Cola "8
" There! I've Said It Again "1
"Just a Blue Serge Suit"17
"Something Sentimental"12
"Fishin' for the Moon"11
" Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! "1
1946 "Are These Really Mine?"12
" Seems Like Old Times "7
"Who Told You That Lie?"15
"It's My Lazy Day"16
" The Things We Did Last Summer "13
1947 "I Wish I Didn't Love You So"2
"Kokomo, Indiana"10
"You Do"5
" Ballerina "1
"How Soon? (Will I Be Seeing You)"3
1948 " Cool Water "9
"The Maharajah of Magador"19
"Ev'rday I Love You (Just a Little Bit More)"22
"In My Dreams"20
1949 " Red Roses for a Blue Lady "3
" Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend "A1
" Someday "1
" That Lucky Old Sun "6
"Vieni Su (Say You Love Me Too)"29
" Mule Train "10
1950 "Bamboo"4
"Thanks, Mister Florist"20
1951 " On Top of Old Smoky "8
"Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)"3
"Old Soldiers Never Die"7
"Meanderin'"28
1952 " Charmaine "27
"Mountain Laurel"22
"Lady Love"18
"Idaho State Fair'"20
1954 "They Were Doin' the Mambo"7
1955 " Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots "38
1956 "Don't Go to Strangers"38
" In the Middle of the House "11
1959 " The Battle of New Orleans "87
1965 "Queen of the Senior Prom"132
  • APeaked at #2 in Billboard Country singles.

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 Vaughn Monroe's References

  1. "Vaughn Monroe Dies At 62". United Press International. May 22, 1973. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  2. Wertz, Marjorie "Singer Vaughn Monroe's road to stardom went through Jeannette" Feb. 9, 2007 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  3. "Camel Summer Sub" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 8, 1942. p. 22. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  4. "Camel Cigarette Commercials, 16mm Transfers Reel # 8. [Part 2] : Internet Archive : Commercial starts at 1.48". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  5. "Radio Spotlight". The La Crosse Tribune. January 19, 1952. p. 7. Retrieved August 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. "Vaughn Monroe: Biography". Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society Presents. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  7. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 25. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  8. "High school auditorium to be named for Jeannette grad, Big Band star Vaughn Monroe". TribLIVE. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  9. "Vaughn Monroe "There, I've Said It Again"". Big Band Library. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  10. "Vaughn Monroe, 62, Dies; Singer and Bandleader; Headliner of An Era". New York Times. May 22, 1973. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  11. "Vaughn Monroe (1911 - 1973) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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