Rudy Vallée

Singer + Actor + Bandleader + Entertainer

Rudy Vallée was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer.

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1901 Birth Born on July 28, 1901.


In 1917, he decided to enlist for World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15.


1924 22 Years Old After playing drums in his high school band, Vallée played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England as a teenager. From 1924 through 1925, he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London, where his fellow band-members discouraged his attempts to become a vocalist. … Read More
1928 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Vallée was given a recording contract and in 1928, he started performing on the radio. … Read More
1929 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type. In the words of a magazine writer in 1929, "At the microphone he is truly a romantic figure. … Read More


1932 30 Years Old In August 1932, he signed with Columbia (where they gave him a special designed label) and stayed with them through 1933; he returned to Victor in June 1933.
1933 31 Years Old His records were issued on Victor's new budget label, Bluebird, until November 1933 when he was moved up to the full-priced Victor label.
1936 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He stayed with Victor until signing with ARC in 1936, who released his records on their Perfect, Melotone, Conqueror and Romeo labels until 1937 when he returned to Victor. … Read More


1942 40 Years Old He appeared opposite Claudette Colbert in Sturges's 1942 screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story. … Read More


1955 53 Years Old In 1955, Vallée was featured in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain. … Read More
1961 59 Years Old Vallée performed on Broadway as J.B. Biggley in the 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and reprised the role in the 1967 film version.


1971 69 Years Old He appeared in the campy 1960s Batman television show as the villain Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and in 1971 made a television appearance as a vindictive surgeon in the Night Gallery episode "Marmalade Wine." … Read More
1986 85 Years Old Vallée died of cancer at his home on July 3, 1986 while watching the televised centennial ceremonies of the restored Statue of Liberty. … Read More
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