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Originally issued in 1956 on RKO's Unique label under the title The Kid from Maine, this captures Vallee on one of his more successful late-career missions in recutting his old hits for a new audience. Unlike most of his contemporaries who had trouble bridging their music from old 78s to the LP high-fidelity format, Vallee shows himself to be in good voice throughout. The title track, "Rain," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Sweet Music," "Honey," his "Vieni, Vieni" and "Deep Night" show him firmly in command of the material with none of the platinum missing off the old pipes. This 1998 CD reissue also adds three bonus tracks: "The Whiffenpoof Song," "Maine Stein Song" and a raunchy (for Rudy) version of "There's a Tavern in the Town." Succinct liner notes from Ian Whitcomb are an added bonus.


Born: 28 July 1901 in Island Pond, VT

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most popular entertainers of the '30s, Rudy Vallée was one of the few vocalists to begin crooning before the advent of Bing Crosby. Famed for singing through a megaphone and introducing his performances with a salutary "Heigh-Ho, Everybody," Vallée recorded into the mid-'40s and enjoyed a renaissance during the '60s after high-profile appearances on Broadway. Born in Vermont, though he grew up in Maine, Rudy Vallée learned to play the alto saxophone and clarinet. He joined the Navy at...
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