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Vaughn Monroe

Despite an early talent for the trumpet, Vaughn Monroe's desire to become an opera singer eventually landed him almost ten number one hits during the '40s as well as a host of nicknames for his rich baritone, including "The Voice with Hairs on Its Chest" and "Old Leather Tonsils." Born in Akron, OH, Monroe moved to Wisconsin while still a child and focused on his trumpet talent for most of his boyhood. Another early ambition, to be an opera singer, resulted in his signing on as a vocalist with territory bands led by Austin Wylie, Larry Funk (for whom he made his recording debut) and Jack Marshand. While based in Boston with Marshand, Monroe formed his first orchestra and began recording for Victor's low-priced Bluebird label. One of his first singles, "There I Go," spent three weeks at the top of the Hit Parade in 1940. Though his orchestra was rather tame (even for the time), it was voted top college band that year. His longtime theme song "Racing with the Moon" debuted in 1941, and the following year-and-a-half brought no less than three number one hits: "My Devotion," "When the Lights Go on Again (All Over the World)," and "Let's Get Lost."

Monroe's first few years of recording had been quite successful, but all his biggest hits were yet to come. During 1945, "There! I've Said It Again" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" both spent more than a month at the top of the charts. And his two biggest hits, "Ballerina" and "Riders in the Sky," came in 1947 and 1949, respectively. The latter, an old Western chestnut, presaged Monroe's attempt at moving into Hollywood's singing-cowboy genre with a couple of early-'50s B-movies including The Singing Guns and The Toughest Man in Arizona. He also disbanded his orchestra, and continued to work television and radio (he hosted Camel Caravan for many years). Except for a few mid-'50s novelties (including "They Were Doin' the Mambo" and "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots"), Monroe never again hit the charts. He worked as a spokesman for RCA Victor, and continued to perform into the early '70s. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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jenniferqsha f f e r
I agree that no one today can match his wonderful voice. When I was about 19, I saw him at Sunny Brook Ball Room in Pottstown, Pa. From then on I was hooked. Since I got my Kindle I play him every night
What a great loss we all suffered when he passed
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Vaughn Monroe is my favorite singer in the world. Any time I listen to him I instantly light up. If only he was still here today ��
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Great sound!
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Let's not forget that he graduated in 1929 from Jeannette PA Senior High. His wife Marian, who passed away in Nov 2013, was also from Jeannette.
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tuck.r.04
There will never be another Vaughn Monroe... He has, yes, a very smooth and mellowing voice. cannot find anyone like him now-- too bad for me as i never had the chance to dance to his music..but do listen and love his music.
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annamprokop8
He is still #1 on my hit parade. I never tire hearing his music. My favorite is " I Wish I Didn't Love You So". I've been a fan all my life.
I think his voice is mellow and soothing.

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I WAS 16 WHEN VAUGH WAS PLAYING & SINGING WITH JACK BRUCE IN MY HOME TOWN OF NEW CASTLE, PA. AT CASCADE PARK. I MET ALL OF THE BAND AND BECAME FRIENDS WITH VAUGHN & WALLY. I AM NOW CLOSE TO 98. I FOLLOWED HIS CAREER. ALWAYS ENJOYING HIS MUSIC. AS YOU SEE I STILL ENJOY LISTENING TO HIM
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When his band became the Band of The Year on Martin Blocks Make Believe Ballroom in the 40s and I found talent I didn't know exsisted.. what a find, enjoyed his style and still do..
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I'm 26 and I love this stuff. Such talent.
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10 freak'in month ago!!! Wha'd they all do? Kick the bucket? Well, I'mah old f*rt but alive and kick'in and I'll fix that. An ol cow poke went riding out one dark and cloudy day...Vaughn Monroe. And he's still saddled up and slap'in leather in my universe. 1958...chees e , I was 17. Al right, stop that you guys! I know your trying to do the math in your heads. I'm old as dirt...but mean. DMB
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crgow3
my next door neighbor growing up in the 50's. Always a gentleman.
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He Sang the song Queen of the senior prom at my prom in 1954. I would like to here this song again. It was my favorite
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I love his voice and Riders in the Sky is my favorite. We need more of his kind today. When he was a Steel Pier in Atlantic City.. I danced with him.. What a thrill. So much a gentlman
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Always another pleasure to enjoy.
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nd married (on my 21st birthday) the most wonderful girl who was true to me for 62 years. She died on August 9th 2009.
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jlar5552
Even Nat King Cole couldn't improve on Monroe's rendition of "Dance Ballerina."

Joe LaRoca
North East (Erie County), PA
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ggtaarm769
Jest good music
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At a very young age i remember playing a Song Called "Matinee" over and Over. I Cannot find it for sale now. so sad
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I had every album Vaughn Monroe ever made. He was my favorite singer in high school back in 1944-48. Another nickname for him was "The Iron Lung". I danced to his music at the Snow Ball at the Newark Armory in 1948, I think it was, and was ecstatic to get his autograph. A very charming man.
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I had the pleasure of interviewing him for our high school newspaper in 1948 during an appearance at Newark's Adams Theater. Big voice, big man. Fine talent.

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