Lefty Birthday – Singer, Actor, Bandleader Rudy Vallée
Famous Lefthander Birthday, July 28 – Singer, Actor, Bandleader Rudy Vallée
Entertainer Rudy Vallée was an American singer, actor, bandleader. Born Hubert Prior Vallée on July 28, 1901 in Island Pond, Vermont. Both of his parents although born and raised in Vermont, were immigrants, of French Canadian origin from neighboring Quebec, and on his mother’s side, from Ireland. Vallée grew up in Westbrook, Maine.
He performed on Broadway in the show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also appeared in the film of the same title. He appeared in Batman television show as the character “Lord Marmaduke Fogg” and toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s. Occasionally, he opened for The Village People.
Rudy Vallee’s song compositions included “Oh! Ma-Ma! (The Butcher Boy)” in 1928, recorded by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, “Deep Night”, which was recorded by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, “If You Haven’t Got a Girl”, “Old Man Harlem” with Hoagy Carmichael, which was recorded by the Dorsey Brothers band, “I’m Just a Vagabond Lover”, and “Betty Co-Ed.” He died on July 3, 1986, aged 85.