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Jerry Vale: A Voice Like Velvet

Jerry ValeEven in his heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Jerry Vale was never hip or trendy. Instead of jazz or rock, he stuck to ballads and love songs – the sort that would prompt a guy’s date to rest her head against his shoulder, whether they were out for a drive in the Rambler or having a slow dance in one of the smoky nightclubs where Vale got his start.

But it worked, because Vale, who died on May 18 at age 83 in Palm Desert, Calif., had a pitch-perfect voice that was as smooth as top-shelf Scotch. He was so admired by Frank Sinatra that the Chairman of the Board personally hired him to sing at the Sands.

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Here are some facts about Vale and his career:








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Photo: Vale in 1965 (Wikipedia)


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