Vaughn Monroe Overview
Vaughn Wilton Monroe (October 7, 1911 – May 21, 1973) was an American baritone, trumpeter and big band leader and actor, most po***r in the 1940s and 1950s. Monroe was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Jeannette Jeannette, Pennsylvania#History High School in Pennsylvania in 1929 where he was senior class president and voted "most likely to succeed." After high school, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he was an active member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Singer Vaughn Monroe's road to stardom went through Jeannette - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He formed a band in Boston in 1940 and became its principal vocalist. He also wrote a number of songs ranging from "Army Song" to less known ones like the "Jeannette High School Alma Mater"
In the 1940s, Monroe built The Meadows, a restaurant/nightclub on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts, west of Boston. He broadcast his Camel Caravan radio program from there starting in 1946. It burned to the ground in December 1980.
He recorded extensively for RCA Victor until the 1950s and his signature tune was "Racing with the Moon" (1941). Among his other hits were "In the Still of the Night In the Still of the Night (1937 song) " (1939), "There I Go" (1941), "There I've Said It Again" (1945), "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" (1946), "Ballerina Ballerina (song) " (1947), "Riders in the Sky (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend " (1949), "Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)" (1949), "Sound Off" (1951), and "In the Middle of the House" (1956). He also turned down the chance to record "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
He was tall and handsome which helped him as a band leader and singer, as well as in Hollywood, although he did not pursue a movie and television career with vigor. He was sometimes called "the baritone with muscles", "the voice with hair on its chest", "'ol leather tonsils", or "leather lungs".
He was a major stockholder in RCA and appeared in print ads and television commercials for the company's TV and audio products.
Monroe died on May 21, 1973, shortly after having stomach surgery. He is buried in Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Stuart, Florida.
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