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Known as the baritone with muscles, Vaughn Monroe was one of the most romantic looking band leaders of the swing era and a descendant of President James Monroe.
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"As a bandleader, people expect you to be artistic. But to be successful you've got to also develop a keen sense of business. On the bandstand, you sing, play or direct. A show is expected and you provide it. But off the stand, when it comes to picking new tunes, choosing spots to play, trying to work out recording dates and broadcasts, negotiating contracts, and things of that sort -- well, that's the other side of the picture. The part that doesn't show." ~ Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn was a singing cowboy long before Adam gave him lessons.
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Vaughn Wilton Monroe, trumpeter, singer, bandleader and actor graduated from Jeannette High School in 1929. He was born in Akron, Ohio, to Mabel and Ira Monroe October 7, 1911. In school he became well known for his participation in band, orchestra, jazz orchestra and the glee club. He also participated in basketball and track in high school and was voted senior class president. He also met his future wife, Marian Baughman, at Jeannette High School. They married on April 2, 1940.
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After working his way through college he played in different bands all over the country until he ended up in Boston and formed his first orchestra. What became known as Monroe's theme song, "Racing with the Moon," debuted in 1941. Within the next two years, he had three big hits, "My Devotion," "When the Lights Go on Again (All Over the World)" and "Let's Get Lost." Marian Monroe often accompanied her husband when he traveled. But once their daughters Candace and Christina were born, she stayed home with them. He was married to her until the day he died. Isn't that romantic?
Woody Herman, Vaughn Monroe and Benny Goodman during the Swing Era
Also a movie star, Vaughn Monroe appeared in 1944's Meet the People, Carnegie Hall (1947), Singing Guns (1950), and The Toughest Man in Arizona (1952). He was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for Recording at 1600 Vine Street and one for Radio at 1755 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
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He hosted The Vaughn Monroe Show on CBS television from 1950–51 and from 1954–55 and also appeared on Bonanza and The Mike Douglas Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Texaco Star Theater, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Tonight Show, and American Bandstand. He co-authored The Adventures of Mr. Putt Putt, a children's book about airplanes and flying first published in 1949. Vaughn was a major stockholder in RCA and appeared in print ads and television commercials for the company's TV and audio products.
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Monroe died on May 21, 1973 at Martin County Memorial Hospital, shortly after having stomach surgery . He was buried in Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Stuart, Florida.
There's plenty about him on the internet, and it was easy to learn about Vaughn Monroe from his Appreciation Society and from his hometown newspaper.
http://www.vaughnmonroesociety.org/bull ... ntouch.htm
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