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Vaughn Wilton Monroe was an American singer and trumpeter born on October 7, 1911 in Akron, Ohio, and died on May 21, 1973 in Stuart, Florida. He was the leader of a very popular big band in the 1940s and 1950s, notably with the song Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Monroe graduated from Jeannette (Pennsylvania) High School in 1929. He enrolled at Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he became an active member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He became famous through the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He formed a band in Boston in 1949 and was the lead singer. He also wrote many songs, from the famous Army Song to lesser known ones such as Jeannette High School Alma Mater.
In the 1940s, Monroe built The Meadows, a restaurant and nightclub on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts. It was from there that he broadcast his radio programme, the Camel Caravan, from 1946 onwards, whose theme tune was Racing with the Moon (1941). The establishment was destroyed by fire in 1980.
He recorded mainly for RCA Victor until the 1950s. His hits include In the Still of the Night (1939), There I Go (1941), There I've Said It Again (1945), Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1946), Ballerina (1947), Riders in the Sky (1948), Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) (1949), Sound Off (1951) and In the Middle of the House (1956). He refused to record the song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949), which became an international hit.
His good looks earned him the interest of Hollywood (in the westerns Singing Guns or Toughest Man in Arizona) but he did not pursue his film and television career with conviction.
Monroe died on 21 May 1973, after a stomach operation. He is buried at the Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Stuart, Florida.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments