Skip to comments.Singer Jerry Vale dies
Posted on 05/18/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT by Borges
THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - KESQ and CBS Local 2 learned singer Jerry Vale passed away Sunday morning in hospice care with family by his side.
At the age of 15, he started singing professionally in supper clubs. Known for singing primarily love songs, Vale went on to record more than 50 albums.
Vale received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on December 5th, 1998. His star is at 255 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
Vale and Rita, his wife of over 40 years, resided in Palm Desert.
Vale was 81 years old.
Long life. Lots of tunes. Hopefully he is in Heaven. Prayers to family. Never heard of him.
Made a brief cameo in Goodfellas.
You’ll likely remember this one.
You Don’t Know Me - Jerry Vale
We really old guys know who he was. Had a nice voice and style.
And in Casino
Guess Scorcese was a fan.
That’s precisely what society is missing today, love songs.......Life was better back then because of those songs.
Saw Sinatra on an old tonite show on youtube a few days ago call him Jerry Fail.
The name didn't mean anything to me either, but I remember having heard "You don't know me" and "I can't stop loving you."
Rest in peace, Mr. Vale.
They were good pals.
I should attribute my quote, that was from Nancy Sinatra.
Nice sentiment. You could have left off the last comment!
Have you ever heard about class?
Jerry Vale - Speak Softly Love (theme from ‘The Godfather’)
Al Di La , this is a good song by Jerry Vale:
“Birth name Gennaro Luigi Vitaliano”, I guess they figured, Jerry Vale would be easier to remember!
When I was a senior in high school, about a thousand years ago, I was a little awkward when there were lasses in the neighborhood. That lasted through 11th, 12th and into 13th grade.
This song forced me to take a run at it, and it made life a whole lot more fun. I don't know that my personality changed, but when I took a run at it I discovered that my suave, cosmopolitan friends were a every bit as terrified of rejection as I was. When I started dating seniors, at first, then the college lasses, my suave, cosmopolitan friends started asking me if Miss So and So had a sister or a cousin or a friend who would like to join us at a drive-in movie or a dinner and a walk by the lake.
Life was simpler in those days...or maybe not. The lasses were sure lookers, all of 'em.
Then Uncle Sam called. There I discovered that the most suave and sophisticated of the other enlisted men related to the fine lasses we met at inverse success to the amount they bragged about conquests.
All I can say is, thank you Jerry Vale, and RIP.
I actually met Jerry one time at a Mets game-in high school(it was probably 67 or 68),my buddy and I were on the subway going to Shea for a midweek game when we were off during spring break. Some guy on the subway asked if we had tics-sold us two really cheap. Turned out they were field level, six rows back on the homeplate side of the Cubs dugout- two rows in front was Jerry Vale-he graciously signed our scorecards. A great singer- RIP
I’m building an LP collection of the greats. Coming from estate sales they’re not that expensive. Still have my Dad’s 1956 custom hi-fi cabinet with Pioneer components.
It’s poignant to get a stack of LPs from eBay each with a return address label showing the owner. Many from New Jersey but I picked up twenty-five Carmen Cavallaro LPs from an estate in Butte, Montana!
Some wonderful listening but I am transcribing them to other media. Stacking the ol’ turntable is fun but then I have to get the records back in the jackets & back on the shelf.
Jerry Vale is one more to be missed. Is it already 20 years since Dean Martin passed on? Dinah Shore died that same year. Time marches on.
I’m hoping my brother has my parents’ old albums. They have great sentimental value to me.
I have listened to the “big band””crooners” types of stations for years even if it’s not the kind of music I grew up with.
Sammy Davis Jr., Perry Como, Martin Denny, Bobby Vinton, the Tiki Lounge, a whole lot of good music is out there to appreciate.
Same age as me——another one bites the dust.
Your right. Sorry.
Ditto. But I've heard of him.
It was a kinder, gentler time...
He had a beautiful voice.
Aaaa, whatsamatta for you you don no Momma Vitaliano's boy?
Condolences to family and friends of Jerry Vale.
yeah. I would get a blank stare from most of my coworkers if I mention any of these pre British Invasion acts.
There was this guy Dino Martin, and this other one Frank ‘The Chairman’ Sinatra. My grandfather is buried next to Eddie Fisher in SoCal.
You certainly don't. The current group of "singers" could not come close to the notes and style of a Jerry Vale, even if they were inclined to sing songs of such beauty...which I doubt.
You are right on the mark, Hot.
[Thats precisely what society is missing today, love songs.......Life was better back then because of those songs.]
And the main thing about music of the earlier years is that songs were not age specific......everyone old or young sang and enjoyed these songs. Music brought us together, not like separating us today.
Took in a dinner show at the Sands in 1974. First half—Jerry Vale with about a 70 piece orchestra. Fantastic!
Second half—Bob Newhart.
Great time to be alive.
Jerry Vale was a good one, and yes we oldsters do remember him. RIP.
My parents had a Jerry Vale album I played all the time. It was love songs in different languages. Bella!
Rest in peace Mister Vale. Your music was one of the many pleasant memories of my childhood.
The first time I heard this was while watching the movie “Goodfellas”.
the Carson show I was watching had Frank on the couch then Rickles came out and did a very short skit totally geared towards Frank...the usual guinea-wop stuff that Rickles will use when he is not mocking any other nationality or race (which I love by the way as an American of Italian descent). Rickles did a “...I can listen to any one of your Goomba singers..”(rough paraphrase)...to which Frank replied “ who....Jerry Fail...”
I loved all his songs. And he never had to grab his crouch.
I remember like yesterday when "Sam" (Dooley Wilson) sang "As Time Goes By" in "Casablanca". You have to grasp the whole Bogie/Bergman-in-wartime-Casablanca thing unfolding on the screen to fully appreciate the song.
Likewise. you have to see "Goodfellas" to get the full impact of Jerry Vale singing his love song to the suddenly-quiet, pensive gangsters and their women in the nightclub scene. It's unforgettable as far as movie songs go.
Rest in Peace, good fella!
I just saw Goodfellas for the first time recently and several times since. It is a gripping scene, like so many in that movie. Something about that movie.