Friday 26 December 2014

Crooner Jerry Vale dies aged 83

Published 19/05/2014 | 06:57

Popular crooner Jerry Vale - pictured in 1978 - who has died at his California home (AP)
Popular crooner Jerry Vale - pictured in 1978 - who has died at his California home (AP)

Popular 1950s singer Jerry Vale has died at his California home. He was 83.

A family lawyer says Vale died yesterday morning. Harold Levy said Vale had been in declining health.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums.

He was known for his high tenor voice and romantic songs, including his signature tune Al Di La.

His recording of The Star-Spangled Banner in the 1960s was played at sporting events for years.

He also appeared as himself in the movies Goodfellas, Casino and the TV series The Sopranos.

Vale is survived by his wife of 55 years, a son and a daughter.

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