Im from the Northeast Bronx, a stones throw from Mt. Vernon," exclaimed Jerry. I’m a Bronx-Italian American and proud of it. Hospital?, No, 1 was born at my house n 1930, at 4255 Seton Avenue and I attended P.S. 68 and Evander Childs High. My father Louis, married Fanny Covino. They were both from Mt. Vernon and both graduated from A.B. Davis High School."
Jerrys parents eloped at a very tender age. Fanny was 15 1/2 and Louis was all of 18. Louis was an engineer and he worked for the Petrillo Construction Company. Fanny was a pretty good singer but Louis wanted her home so her professional career never really began. The Vitaliano family included Jerry and his brother Nicholas and Christina, both deceased, and Barbara, who still lives in Mt. Vernon.
"How did I get my start? As a teenager, I liked to sing. I sang on the streets, at: and at Johns Barbershop in Mt. Vernon. Actually, 1 was shining shoes. When 1 singing, I started getting bigger tips. John took a liking to me and he sent me to Rose Reisman, a piano player who taught me a number of songs. My first break? Rose did a show in the Bronx Winter Garden I sang, Shoe Shine Boy. When I was 17, having dinner with my parents at The Enchanted Room in Yonkers, the owner saw me and asked if I’d come over and sing I Love You Truly at a wedding party in the next room. As I sang, the crowd burst into applause. A few days later 1 was booked with the band and at weddings, too.
My name? It was Rose Reismans doing. She told me that she I was going to make it and that 1 needed a shorter name. Then she said, Jerry Vale, and at age 17 , I wasnow Jerry Vale. No, I never changed my name legally and on my drivers license it says, Vitaliano.
My next break came when I was singing at a club and Guy Mitchell came in to do a one-nighter. When he saw me, he said that I sounded pretty good. He introduced me to Mitch Miller because he thought I should make records. A week later, while playing; stickball, I got a phone call telling me to come to the recording studio to meet Mitch. Mitch played the guitar, and I sang. When I was done Mitch said he’d record me My first record was made on December 23, 1952...
‘You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart’ was not a smash hit but it did start me off. I was lucky. After a few more records I had some hits, Aldila, You Dont Know Me’ and Pretend You Dont See Me are just a few.
There I was working clubs around New York and Long Island. In 1962, 1 was asked to perform at the Copacabana. I didnt think I was ready. But after some prodding I opened. I was amazed because I packed the joint. What a thrill it was to see people lined up down the block just to get in.
In the fall of 1963, 1 was asked to perform at Carnegie Hall. I thought that was for classical buffs. What a thrill it was to hear that 3000 seats were sold out in ONE DAY! The audience was so overwhelming that they all came backstage after the show and I shook almost 3,000 hands. I appeared on November 15, 1963 and again on May, 29 1964.
From there it was on to the Sullivan Show, the Tonight Show, Merv and numerous appearances throughout the country. I signed a contract with Howard Hughes and moved to Las Vegas and performed at the Sands Hotel for ten years running.
The love of my life, Rita Grapel is from a nice Jewish family in Brooklyn. Here I was doing a show in Providence R.I. I was looking at a magazine.
I noticed a really pretty photo.
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