Jerry Vale, 1950s and 1960s singer, dies at 83

By Daniel S Levine,

Jerry Vale, a popular crooner during the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. The singer, known for a high-tenor voice, was 83.

Vale died Sunday at his Palm Desert home after years of declining health, notes The Associated Press. Family attorney Harold J. Levy said that he died with his friends and family by his side.

He was born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in the Bronx, New York in 1930 and started performing when he was in his teens. His first charting single was 1953’s “You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart,” notes International Business Times.

During his career, he recorded over 50 albums. He also helped turn Italian love songs like “Innamorata (Sweetheart)” and “Valore” into popular hits, however, his biggest hit was “You Don't Know Me.” He also made a recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that became popular at sporting events during the 1960s.

His music appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino, and he appeared in both. Vale also appeared on The Sopranos.

Vale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, son Robert and daughter Pamela.



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