Here are several songs performed by the fantastic singer Jerry Vale.
Jerry Vale (born Genaro Louis Vitaliano; 1930 – 2014) was an Italian-American singer and actor. During the 1950s and 1960s, Vale reached the top of the pop charts with his interpretations of romantic ballads, many of which he sang in Italian.
The crooner showed his love of Italian music with his albums, I Have But One Heart (1962) and Arrivederci, Roma (1963), full of Italian standards such as "Amore, Scusami", "Ciao, Ciao, Bambina", "Arrivederci, Roma", and "O Sole Mio". His renditions of "Volare", "Innamorata (Sweetheart)", and "Al di là" became classic Italian-American songs.
In high school, to earn money, Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop, singing while he worked. His boss liked the sound so well that he paid for music lessons for the boy. Vale started singing in high school musicals and at a local nightclub.
His early nightclub performances led to additional shows in the early 1950s, including one lasting for three years at a club in Yonkers, New York. When Paul Insetta, (road manager for singer Guy Mitchell and hit songwriter) heard him there, he signed him to a management contract and further coached him. Genaro changed his name to the Americanized Jerry Vale. Insetta arranged for Vale to record some demonstration records of songs he'd written, and brought them to Columbia Records. Guy Mitchell introduced Vale to Mitch Miller, influential executive at Columbia Records. Vale signed a recording contract with Insetta his manager for many years to come.
Vale’s first recording with the label, with accompaniment by Percy Faith and his band, was "You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart", Vale's first U.S. hit.
His version of "The Star-Spangled Banner", recorded in the late 1963, was a fixture at many sporting events for years, the Gold Record Vale received was displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Vale frequently sang the song at the Yankee Stadium. Additionally he owned the Daytona Beach Admirals.
He sang the Late Night with David Letterman anthem "It's a Late Night World" 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 died of natural causes in his sleep on May 18, 2014 at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 83 years old. He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Cathedral City, California.
In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to Vale.
Enjoy Jerry Vale’s immense voice!
Italian medley: O sole mio / Mala femmina / Torna a Sorrento
Don't you know
If ever I would leave you
It had to be you
Strangers in the night
What kind of fool am I
The song is you
As time goes by (1994)
Love is a many-splendored thing