Jerry Vale

Jerry Vale

American singer

Jerry Vale (born Genaro Louis Vitaliano; July 8, 1930 – May 18, 2014) was an American singer and actor.

In high school, to earn money, Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop in New York City. He sang while he shined shoes, and his boss liked the sound so well that he paid for music lessons for the boy. Enjoying the lessons, Vale started singing in high school musicals and at a local nightclub.

This led to additional club dates, including one that lasted for three years at a club in the suburb of Yonkers, New York, just north of the city. When Paul Insetta, (who was a road manager for Guy Mitchell and a hit songwriter) heard him there, he signed him to a management contract, changed his name, and further coached him. He then arranged for Vale to record some demonstration records of songs he'd written, and brought the demos to Columbia Records. Vale then signed a recording contract with Columbia, and Insetta managed him for many years. His version of "The Star-Spangled Banner", recorded in the late 1960s, was a fixture at many sporting events for years.

Vale and Rita, his wife of over 54 years, resided in Palm Desert, California. His biography A Singer's Life, by Richard Grudens, was published in 2000 by Celebrity Profiles, Stonybrook, New York. He sang the Late Night with David Letterman anthem "It's a Late Night Word" on the program's eighth anniversary special in 1990. He made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas and the 1995 film Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese.

Jerry Vale (1930–2014)

Soundtrack | Actor | Make Up Department

Date of Birth 8 July 1930, The Bronx, New York, USA

Date of Death 18 May 2014, Palm Springs, California, USA

Birth Name Genaro Louis Vitaliano

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Vale was born on July 8, 1930 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Genaro Louis Vitaliano. He was married to Rita Grable. He died on May 18, 2014 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Rita Grable (14 August 1959 - 18 May 2014) (his death) (2 children)

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At the age of 15, he started singing professionally at Supper Clubs.

Known for singing love songs.

Received a star at the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on the December 5th, 1998.

A longtime close friend of 'Frank Sinatra (I)', Vale served as an honorary pallbearer at Sinatra's 1998 funeral.

Died on Perry Como's Birthday.

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Jerry Vale was born on Friday, 8 July 1932 in The Bronx, New York, USA. His full name at birth was Genaro Louis Vitaliano. He was best known as a singer. Vale's country of citizenship (nationality) was American. He died on Sunday, 18 May 2014 in Palm Desert, California, USA at the age of 81. He had grey hair (color). His net worth was reported to be $10,000,000 US dollars. His zodiac star sign was Cancer.

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Genaro Louis Vitaliano
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The Language of Love
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8 July 1932
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The Bronx, New York, USA
Date of death
18 May 2014
81 (age at death)
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Palm Desert, California, USA
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Jerry Vale is known for his role in the film The Irishman (2019) as performer: "Spanish Eyes", "Al Di La", "Pretend You Don't See Her".

He is also known for his role in the TV series Godfather of Harlem (2019) as performer - 1 episode.

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