". . . So You Like Vaughn Monroe"
When I was a junior in high school, in 1962, Vaughn came to
Columbus, Ohio to perform at a night club. I went to Columbus to catch some
of his shows, and was in a department store. While I was checking out his
bin in the record department, I just about went ape when I found the two new
Dot stereo LP's "His Greatest Hits" and "Stomps." I was talking away about
finding these new albums to a friend of mine, when this deep, resonate voice
said, ". . . so you like Vaughn Monroe." I said, "Oh, my, yes," and then
realized the voice was that of none other than VAUGHN MONROE!! What an
amazing fate! He was most kind and autographed both albums.
I told him I was in Columbus to catch his shows that day at
The Maramor (he was giving a Saturday matinee in addition to an evening
show). He invited me to stick around after the show so we could chat. He
looked for me and my friend, and we sat and talked for a long time about his
records. He was so wonderful!! I think he was joyous to know that high
schoolers in 1963 collected his records. I had already gotten to know Gisele
MacKenzie and The McGuire Sisters, who were always nice to me, but the thing
that impressed me was how much Vaughn knew about his own recordings!! Gisele
and The McG's really didn't pay attention to their recorded catalogs, but I
could talk with Vaughn about the flip side of this record, and when this was
released, and what labels they were on . . . Very nifty. Not long after
that, Gisele was hosting "The Mike Douglas Show" and one of her guests
during that week was Vaughn Monroe. Love it when my favorites' paths
In later years, I managed to meet Vaughn from time to time.
Not long before his death, as I recall, he was appearing at the Columbus Air
Show and sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and a few other things. He always
remembered me and was always so kind and mild mannered.
Submitted by: James Stewart