The Ziegfeld Society knows how to put on a show. Today’s offering starred David Giardina as Rudy Vallee. David’s a multi-talented guy. He not only starred in the show, he also wrote it. The production was directed by the Ziegfeld Society’s own Mark York. It featured Vanessa Altshuler, Dewey Caddell, Merrill Grant, Loria Parker and Ian Whitt in a variety of other roles. Everybody did an amazing job; everyone at the Ziegfeld Society always does.
The story of Rudy Vallee is one in the genre I most adore: one where life gives someone lemons but they make lemonade. Rudy didn’t have a strong singing voice. He had such a weak singing voice that he was given a megaphone to sing through as a joke – and voila! A star with a gimmick was born! He was a popular singer during the 1920’s and 1930’s, which was called “a crooner” back then. He’d be a pop idol now. His soft voice may not have been perfect for vaudeville, and might not have been able to be heard in the last row of a theater balcony, but it turned out to be a perfect fit for the radio.
A little known fact about the movie Casablanca is that “As Time Goes By” was not written for the movie, perfect though it was for it. The song was originally recorded by Rudy Vallee in 1928.
I just looked Rudy Vallee up on the Internet to get some additional information before writing this and found out a pleasant surprise: he was born on July 28th. Me too.
Here’s a recording of Rudy singing “As Time Goes By.” He starts singing about a minute into the song. Enjoy!