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JEANNETTE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

DEDICATED IN HONOR OF VAUGHN MONROE

JEANNETTE, PENNSYLVANIA

April 22

2015

Vaughn Monroe's daughters, Candy and Christina, were in attendance as Jeannette High School dedicated their new auditorium in honor of Vaughn Monroe, class of 1929. Dan Gabel played a concert for the occasion.

The plaque reads: "Jeannette High School Auditorium Dedication Honoring Vaughn Wilton Monroe, Class of 1929, whose legacy as a legendary singer, big-band leader and creator of both music and lyrics for the Jeannette High School Alma Mater will be remembered by many generations to come. Jeannette High School Class of 1969. April 22, 2015."

For more related information on this website see the following Journal entries:

Jeannette High School Alma Mater by Anita Howe Binder

High School Days by Claire Schwartz


 

VAUGHN MONROE TRIBUTE RADIO BROADCAST

BY DUANE VICTOR KEILSTRUP

May 3

2014

My program on The Olde Tyme Radio Network will feature the wonderful Vaughn Monroe and the Camel Caravan next week beginning Sunday, May 4, including an interview with Moon Maid June Hiett Bratone, at www.VintageRadioClassics.com/broadcast Shows are on demand 24/7.

 

VAUGHN MONROE TRIBUTE CONCERT

BY DAN GABEL

Feb 1

2014

photo of Dan Gabel from theabletones.com

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4:00pm. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory. Free and open to the public. Large wooden dance floor available for dancing, table seating included, and refreshments available. Dan Gabel and the Abletones, authentic 18-piece big band will be featured, along with a full string section, and introducing "The Lovely Ladies of Song" in tribute to the Moon Maids.

Music is in part fulfillment of Dan Gabel's Masters' thesis recital. Original arrangements from throughout Vaughn Monroe's career will be highlighted, including pieces featuring the full string section, vocal num`bers written for the Moon Maids, and some incredibly rare unrecorded instrumentals to be heard for the first time!! Gabel will also include several opera selections arranged for the ensemble originally performed by Monroe collaborator and friend Patrice Munsel. The two pieces the two recorded together, "Falling in Love with Love" and "With a Song in My Heart" will also be performed with the original orchestrations.

The event will be recorded, and video taped as well, and Dan is hoping to use these materials to promote the entire show as a Vaughn Monroe tribute!


 

THE MUSIC OF VAUGHN MONROE

BY THE NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Nov 22

2013

Professor Ken Schaphorst leads the NEC Jazz Orchestra and presented an evening of The Music of Vaughn Monroe and Billy Eckstine at the NEC's Jordan Hall on October 17, 2013. Dan Gabel was kind enough to send us the concert program. An excerpt from Dan's own email says it best:

 

Many of you may know that Dan Gabel is a big Vaughn Monroe fan and who could blame him? That distinctive voice, the "local guy makes it big" angle, the New England Conservatory connection, the bowtie, a successful big band. See what I mean? Who are we talking about- Vaughn or Dan?

 

What you may not know is that Vaughn Monroe's entire library of arrangements is housed at NEC or that Dan is in the process of cataloguing it or that Dan is writing a biography of Vaughn. For now, the important part is that Professor Ken Schaphorst will be leading the NEC Jazz Orchestra (with Dan on trombone, of course) for a free concert featuring the hits of both Vaughn Monroe and Billy Eckstine.

 

In reality, this will be the introduction to Vaughn's music which will be featured in a string of concerts next Spring with Dan Gabel and The Abletones and some very special guests. We'll get you those details when appropriate, but thought you might appreciate this concert.


 

A TRIBUTE TO VAUGHN MONROE

BY JOHN TUMPAK

Jun 22

2013

 

John Tumpak, jazz historian, L.A. Jazz Scene journalist, and author of the book When Swing Was The Thing: Personality Profiles of the Big Band Era, will make a presentation titled "A Tribute to Vaughn Monroe" who was the most popular singing bandleader of all time. During his thirty year career Monroe had seventy one hit records, nine of which made it to number one on the charts. He also had popular long running radio and television shows, appeared in four movies, and played to sell out audiences wherever he and his band appeared. Tumpak will play Monroe's hit records and talk about little known facts of his personal life. Frank Sinatra's musical connection to Monroe will also be discussed.

 

Wednesday, July 24th at 10:30 am

South Pasadena Senior Center,

1102 Oxley St.


 

MUSICMAKERS OF NETWORK RADIO

BY JIM COX

Apr 20

2013

Leading radio historian Jim Cox, has chronicled the lives and careers of 24 radio entertainers in Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers 1926-1962, recently published by McFarland and Company. This volume presents biographies of 24 renowned performers who spent a significant portion of their careers in front of a radio microphone. Vaughn Monroe is one of the great musicmakers included in Jim's book, which is available at www.amazon.com . Jim is a retired college professor and an award-winning author of numerous books about old-time radio.


 

L.A. JAZZ SCENE

ARTICLE BY JOHN TUMPAK

Jan 1

2013

Vaughn Monroe is the featured bandleader in the December 2012 (Issue No. 303) of L.A. Jazz Scene the monthly newspaper of jazz happenings around the Los Angeles, California area.

 

Thanks to the meticulous work of John Tumpak, the latest issue is filled with more pages dedicated to the life story of Mr. Monroe than they have ever published on any other musician in any of their past issues. Personal interviews conducted with friends and associates of Mr. Monroe throughout 2012 add a splash of vitality to this tribute article.

 

For information on receiving a copy contact us at:

info@vaughnmonroesociety.org


 

VAUGHN MONROE AT 100

ARTICLE BY DAVID LOBOSCO

Apr 21 2012

 

 

Great Entertainers Archive blogspot

 


 

WESTERN MUSIC AWARDS

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Jan 22 2012

Vaughn Monroe's two daughters, Candice and Christina, accepted the Western Music Association honors as their father, Vaughn Monroe, was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 19, 2011. O.J. Sikes, member of the WMA Board Advisors, was also in attendance and provided a report in his column for The Western Way magazine. View "A Musical Note from O.J."


 

VAUGHN MONROE INDUCTED INTO WESTERN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Oct 15

2011

Congratulations on your web site and the important work you are doing! I wanted to let you know that Vaughn Monroe has just been elected to the Western Music Hall of Fame. It was by delightful coincidence that the election fell on the year of his centenal. There will be an induction in November at the annual Western Music Association’s awards event held in Albuquerque. O. J. Sikes

The Western Way magazine can be viewed online at:

http://www.westernmusic.com/pdfs/WWay_2011_Fall_Web.pdf

The article on Vaughn Monroe appears on page 20.

O. J. has a western music radio show that can be accessed through the following link: http://www.bostonpete.com/station004.html


 

VAUGHN MONROE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

IN NEW YORK

Oct 15 2011

Twelve VMAS members and guests enjoyed a banquet on Saturday, October 8, 2011 with former Vaughn Monroe Orchestra trombonist, Joe Bennett, Western Music Association board member and music aficionado, O. J. Sikes, and members of Vaughn Monroe's immediate family.   Read more on the Yahoo Groups board as posted by Herb Wasserman. A full write-up with photos is posted in the sustaining member section of the website.


 

VAUGHN MONROE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

OCTOBER 8-9, 2011

Aug 1 2011

Join us for a one-and-only event as we celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of Mr. Vaughn Monroe. This is our 4th VMAS gathering, and we have invited distinguished international guests and those who knew Mr. Monroe at various levels both personally and professionally. No need to wait any longer! RSVP today!

 

 


 

BUCKY PIZARELLI AND JERRY BRUNO

THE SALON 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA

Feb 11 2011

Bucky Pizzarelli and Jerry Bruno performed in a tribute to Frank Sinatra on March 11, 2011 at the Edison Ballroom 240 W. 47th Street NYC.

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Watch interview with Bucky and Jerry on YouTube


 

HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY -  BUCKY PIZARELLI

CONCERT AT BICKFORD THEATRE, MORRIS NJ

Jan 9

 2011

 

Guitar great, Bucky Pizzarelli, in a celebration concert at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, NJ on Tuesday January 11, 2011. Jerry Furris forwarded this newspaper article from his local paper. Read

 


 

BIG BAND JUMP NEWSLETTER

MARCH-APRIL 2010

Jun 28 2010

 

Big Band Jump Newsletter, March-April 2010 edition, featured Vaughn Monroe in the Bandleader Profile. A nice summary article and photo is included. To listen to more Big Band online or sign up to receive newsletters go to:  http://www.bigbandjump.com Thanks to John Tumpak for forwarding this article.

 


 

LA TIMES  - VAUGHN MONROE

HOLLYWOOD STAR WALK

Jun 12 2010

The LA Times is soliciting information on Vaughn Monroe for their Hollywood Star Walk database. To leave a message or contribute information about Vaughn Monroe go to

http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/vaughn-monroe/

Thanks to Millie Lucker for forwarding this link.

 


 

VMAS GATHERING TO BE HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY

POSTPONED

Mar 6

 2010

The fourth gathering planned for members of the Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society and all fans of good music is scheduled to be held at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey the weekend of May 14-16, 2010. "Still Racing with the Moon" IV is planned to feature a banquet on Saturday night, with a visit to Steel Pier and areas of interest in Atlantic City. --The next gathering to be rescheduled at a later date--


 

"STILL RACING WITH THE MOON" GATHERING

IN NEW YORK

Jun 5

 2009

Eighteen VMAS members and guests enjoyed a banquet on Saturday, May 30, 2009 with former Vaughn Monroe Orchestra musicians: Bucky Pizarelli, Jerry Bruno, Joe Bennett, Dick Bagni and vocalist Tinker Rautenberg. A walking tour of New York City and viewing of Vaughn Monroe television appearances at the Museum of Radio and Television topped off the weekend. Read more on the Yahoo Groups board. A full write-up is posted in the sustaining member section of the website.


 

WHEN SWING WAS THE THING

NEW BOOK BY JOHN R. TUMPAK

Apr 14 2009

VMAS member John Tumpak has a new book out entitled "When Swing was the Thing -- Personality Profiles of the Big Band Era."  Click here to view press release and order.


 

VMAS GATHERING TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK

MAY 29-31, 2009

Apr 14 2009

The third gathering planned for members of the Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society and all fans of good music is scheduled to be held at the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey the weekend of May 29-31, 2009. "Still Racing with the Moon" III is planned to feature a banquet on Saturday night, with a tour of the Radio and Television museum and areas of interest in New York City. A registration package and more information can be found on the Home Page (now removed).


 

HELL ON WHEELS

PUBLISHES POST-GAZETTE SERIES BY EDWARD P. SHALLOW

Jan 31 2009

The December 2008 Hell on Wheels Bulletin, published by the 2nd Armored Division Association, featured the first of the series on Vaughn Monroe written by Edward P. Shallow for the Boston Post-Gazette in spring of 2008 (see May 9, 2008 Bulletin Board entry below). Subsequent issues included the remaining installments. View Magazine


 

NEW RELEASE FROM ACROBAT

RACING WITH THE MOON, AN ANTHOLOGY 1940-1956

Aug 1

 2008

Picture of - Vaughn Monroe Racing With The Moon: An Anthology: 1940-56: 2cd

Available: August 11, 2008

From England, a 2 CD set covering the span of Vaughn's popular career. Although he disbanded his orchestra in 1953, he continued performing as a male vocalist, recording with numerous orchestras and backup groups including The Sauter Finegen Orchestra and Perry Como's Satisfiers.


 

BOSTON POST-GAZETTE

SERIES ON VAUGHN MONROE  - BY EDWARD P. SHALLOW

May 9

 2008

Part 1 March 28, 2008

Part 2 April 11, 2008

Part 3 April 25, 2008

Part 4 May 16, 2008

Part 5 June 13, 2008

Feedback June 24, 2008


 

MONTPELLIER RE-RELEASE

THE PLUS ONE MOON MAIDS - THEIR 'CINDERELLA' STORY

Mar 2

 2008

 

Thanks to a tip from Chris Popa (Big Band Library), we were informed that Montpellier, a recording label in the UK, is re-releasing the Moon Maids Plus One CD. The link to the left is of the Worlds' Records listing of it [NO LONGER AVAILABLE THROUGH WORLDS RECORDS]. See also the Sep 16, 2005 posting below on this page to link to the Grogan's website.


 

BACK FROM BOSTON

VAUGHN MONROE SOCIETY GATHERING

May 25 2007

The second gathering of the Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society held in Boston, MA over the weekend (May 17-20, 2007) is now history. Six members and two spouses attended the event, with two guests joining in the activities the first evening. Despite the unusually cool and rainy weather, the event could be described as extraordinary--great hotel, wonderful people, superb food, exceptional collections, rare material and unparalleled site-seeing opportunities made for an unforgettable weekend. A full write-up is posted in the sustaining member section of the website.


 

GREENSBERG TRIBUNE-REVIEW NEWS ARTICLE

FEBRUARY 9, 2007

Feb 17 2007

Freelance reporter Marjorie Wertz penned a special interest piece on Vaughn Monroe entitled "Golden Touch" for the Tribune-Review, a Southwestern Pennsylvania newspaper. The article appeared in the Neighborhoods section of the newspaper for Friday February 9, 2007. The story reminds Jeannette, PA residents that a national talent once hailed from their small, Midwestern town. Marjorie interviewed a few of Vaughn's relatives and VMAS co-founder, Claire Schwartz.

Read article

Read comments received


 

VMAS GATHERING TO BE HELD IN BOSTON

MAY 17-20, 2007

Jan 18 2007

The second gathering planned for members of the Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society and all fans of good music is scheduled to be held at the John Hancock Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts the weekend of May 17-20, 2007. "Still Racing with the Moon" II is planned to feature the sites and sounds (thanks to the New England Conservatory) associated with Mr. Monroe in and around the Boston area, which was his home base for many years. A registration package and more information can be found on the homepage (now removed).


 

NEW RELEASE FROM JASMINE

VAUGHN MONROE: THE MAIN EVENT

Sep 24 2006

Order CD from Jasmine

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JASCD 444

Available: October 13, 2006

Vaughn Monroe is well remembered for his many achievements as a great singer, orchestra leader and Hollywood actor of western films. With one of the most distinctive voices of the 40’s, this great collection includes his major hits “Ballerina,” “Sound Off!” “That Lucky Old Sun” and the biggest selling record of his career “Riders In The Sky.” Many of these tracks have never been on CD before, along with some rare recordings from the 1950’s that any fan of Vaughn Monroe simply must have.


 

MEMBER REPORT

BUCKY PIZZARELLI & MOONMAIDS CONCERT

Apr 11 2006

Several of our members attended the April 5 and 6 performances of the Palm Beach Pops featuring Bucky Pizzarelli and his circle of friends, including Vaughn Monroe's original Moonmaids.

Read Claire's report on the April 5 concert.

Read Fran's report on the April 6 concert.

View Photos from the April 5 reception.


 

THE MOONMAIDS

STILL IN SYNC

Mar 21 2006

Read this newspaper article by John Austin, staff writer for the Arlington, Texas Star-Telegram: Still In Sync. See also the bulletin board post of March 4, 2006 for additional information on the Moonmaids' Palm Beach engagements.


 

VAUGHN MONROE: THE MAIN EVENT

NEW CD (in the works) BY JASMINE

Mar 13 2006

 

Robert Nickora updates us on the status of the CD he is working on for Jasmine Records of London, England: The CD set will have 58 tracks of singles from the 1950s, most of which will be debuting on CD and have never appeared on LP. Only five tracks are from Monroe's major hit records. This should provide for a really outstanding compilation of many of Mr. Monroe's lesser known recordings. Robert gives special thanks to James Stewart (AZ) and Graeme Freeland (Australia) for helping him with the most difficult-to-find tracks. Thanks also to Polly Attridge (MA) for sharing with us her autographed photo of Vaughn in his red RCA-Victor Jacket, which Mr. Nickora chose for the CD cover/collage. The CD set should be out later this year.

 

Also of interest is another project Mr. Nickora is working on with Jasmine called "Saluting the Stars." This CD will come out a little later this year and feature some selections from Vaughn Monroe, specifically "The Last Round Up" and the early recording of "The Moon was Yellow."


 

BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND THE PALM BEACH POPS

A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Mar 4  2006

Bucky Pizzarelli will be celebrating his 80th birthday with "A Circle of Friends." Bucky has two upcoming concerts scheduled with the Palm Beach Pops at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Florida on April 5 and 6, 2006. Joining him for his birthday bash will be the Moonmaids--June Bratone, Tinker Rautenberg, Mary Jo Grogan and Carol Piper. They will be reprising some of the old favorites performed with Vaughn Monroe.


 

THE MOONMAIDS PLUS ONE

CURTAIN CALL II

Sep 16  2005

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We'd like to recommend a wonderful CD produced in 2004 by Grogan Music.  You might recognize the name as that of Moonmaid Mary Jo (Thomas) Grogan. In fact, Mary Jo's husband Harrold Grogan is the "plus one" in this re-release CD featuring Vaughn Monroe's lovely Moonmaids in recordings they re-united to produce in the 1980s. As it says in the CD liner notes: "Here, the superb musicianship of four families and two generations is augmented by four of Dallas' top studio musicians." The selections and arrangements hint of nostalgia, but are  very fresh and up-to-date. The Moonmaid  harmony is impeccable.


 

"STILL RACING WITH THE MOON"

GATHERING HELD JANUARY 21-23, 2005

Jan 26  2005

Twelve members of the Vaughn Monroe Appreciation Society attended the first organized gathering held at the Seminole Inn located in Indiantown, Florida. The weekend provided an opportunity for Society members to meet for the first time and discuss the music and  radio & film work of Vaughn Monroe. Activities consisted of viewing numerous sites of interest regarding Mr. Monroe's life. The group was pleased to have in attendance Ms. Tinker (Cunningham) Rautenberg, one of Vaughn's female vocalists from the Moonmaids, and Ms. Susan Menke, niece of Vaughn Monroe Camel Caravan co-star, Shaye Cogan. A more detailed account can be found at The Big Band Library website by Christopher Popa and in the Sustaining Member Section of our website.

 

BUCKY PIZZARELLI & JERRY BRUNO

 BY BOB LYNN

Oct 10  2004

Bob sends a couple of photos from the Summit Jazz Foundation party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, Colorado the weekend of September 25, 2004. (Both were musicians in the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra). Bob writes: Bucky and Jerry Bruno both played with the all star group. They were great!

Jerry on the bass, Bucky on the guitar Bucky Pizzarelli and Jerry Bruno

 

LOU KOHNEN & JOHN PIZZARELLI

BACKSTAGE AFTER CONCERT 

Nov 7  2003

Lou Kohnen and John Pizzarelli (Bucky's son) after John's November 7, 2003 concert in Rochester, New York.

 

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