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Hubert Prior Vallee (Vallee Rudy)

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Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1986 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer

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1901 - Born in Island Pond, Vermont on the 28th of July .

1917 - He felt that Uncle Sam needed one more brave young man in World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15.

         - He enlisted in Portland, Maine on the 29th, under the false birthdate.

1918 - He was discharged at the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island.

1924-1925 - He played with the "Savoy Havana Band" in London. He then returned to the States to obtain a degree in Philosophy from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees."

1928 - Vallee was given a recording contract, he started performing on the radio.

1929 - Vallee did his first film, The Vagabond Lover. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity.

1930-1940 - Vallee continued hosting popular radio variety shows.

1943 - Vallee's last significant hit song was the reissue of the melancholic ballad "As Time Goes By" from the soundtrack of Casablanca.

1944 - Vallee performed with the Coast Guard Band entertaining U.S. troops with this forty-piece orchestra.

1955 - Vallee displayed his comedic abilities in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain.

1960 - He appeared in the campy Batman television show as the character "Lord Marmaduke Fogg".

1944 - He was married briefly to the much-younger and sexy actress Jane Greer, but that ended in divorce.

1986 - Died on the 3rd of July at the age of 84, and he was interred in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery, Westbrook, Maine, from which his headstone was stolen.


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