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Rudy Vallee, 1st Jazz Age Pop Star, 1958 letter  

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Rudy Vallee, First Jazz Age Pop Star, 1958 letter

Vallee, Rudy



April 29, [1958]


1 pp. Typed Letter Signed "Rudy" on his “My time is your time…” stationery.

Sending an introduction to Chicago businessman, Jack Briskin, who owned the Revere Camera Co., leading 1950s manufacturers of home movie cameras and projectors: “…he’ll either give you one or let you have it as his cost in return for which courtesy…you would let him have the same accordian that [Lawrence] Welk uses at YOUR cost!!!...Ted and Jack Briskin (Ted married Betty Hutton, to his regret!) have gifted me with five tape recorders and are very nice but sometimes strange boys…We reopen in Newcomers, TONIGHT, at the Moulin Rouge …”  Singer Vallee set the stage for famous 1930s and ‘40s crooners, mass media pop stars like Crosby and Sinatra, First performing on radio in 1928 and making his first movie the following year, Vallee had an amazingly long career. In this letter, he refers to the nostalgic production “Newcomers of 1928” in which he co-starred with Buster Keaton and Paul Whiteman; it opened at a Las Vegas Hotel in 1958, and then ran for three weeks at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood.  Despite the Vegas mob boss who dismissed the Depression-era singer as a “has been”, Vallee went on, ten years later, to co-star in the film “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and to appear in the “campy” 1960s Batman television series.

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