B1593. RUDY VALLÉE. Vagabond Dreams Come True [Autobiography]. New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. 263pp. Photos; shopworn DJ.
“Vallée became the most prominent and, arguably, the first of a new style of popular singer, the crooner. Previously, popular singers needed strong projecting voices to fill theaters in the days before the electric microphone. Crooners had soft voices that were well suited to the intimacy of the new medium of the radio. Vallée's trombone-like vocal phrasing would inspire later crooners such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments. Vallée also became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron