Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Jerry Vale | Popular crooner, 83

Jerry Vale (Associated Press)
Jerry Vale (Associated Press)

Popular 1950s crooner Jerry Vale, 83, has died at his California home.

A family attorney said Mr. Vale died Sunday morning at his home in Palm Desert. Harold Levy said Mr. Vale had been in declining health.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums. He was known for his high tenor voice and romantic songs, including his signature tune "Al Di La."

His recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played at sporting events for years.

He also appeared as himself in Goodfellas and Casino and the TV series The Sopranos.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, a son, and a daughter. -AP

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