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Vaughn Monroe in "Singing Guns"

On his decision to become a western balladeer...

 

"Many fans have gotten the idea that my film debut in a western role, and our concentration on western tunes just "happened." On the contrary -- our whole trend in this direction is the long-awaited result of a hunch I had two years ago. The big hunch was the realization that there was a lot of really good western music around that wasn't getting the play it deserved. I have always felt a personal closeness to this type of ballad, and I was sure that the band and I could really do a job on it."  

"My Hunch Was Right" published in a 1950 Souvenir Booklet.

 

On touring with the band...

 

"I don't know if you're familiar with my business or not. A small part of every year I am able to "sit down" in a New York Hotel with my band. We may also have an opportunity to rest for a few weeks at one of the major spots in Chicago and Hollywood, but the rest of the time we're moving--from town to town--so fast you'd think the sheriff was after us, for it's on the road, playing a dance tonight in Erie and tomorrow in Dayton, then a week at the theater in Cleveland, that a band makes its real money."

 

"A Bandleader Gets Some Air", SKYWAYS magazine 1947

Parting words to an interviewer...

"Don't make me a jerk!"

METRONOME magazine article, 1947

 

On comics imitating his voice...

 

"I knew that we were clicking when mimics started kidding my voice, I'll know that I'm on the way out when they stop doing their imitations."

 

NEW YORK NEWS article by Ed Sullivan

On singing...

"Funk asked me if I could sing. Up to then I had just been a trumpet player. But if it was a singer he wanted, I wasn't going to lose out on the job without an effort. So I told him I could sing. I sang 'Brother, Can You Spare A Dime,' and believe me, with only a couple of bucks in my pocket, I meant it."

Mitch Woodbury Reports, "Vaughn Monroe Recalls Early Days of Career" Moon Beam Extra, Second Anniversary Issue

On planes...

 

"In the first place, I have always been slightly daffy over planes . . . big ones, little ones, or in betweens. In fact, I like anything with a motor in it, including motorcycles."

 

"A Bandleader Gets Some Air", SKYWAYS magazine 1947

On his band...

 

"We spent the next three years working up a nice, sweet society band and then realized that although we had plenty of class appeal, we had little or no mass appeal. So we started all over again and reorganized to get some jump and rhythm. But through it all we've tried to play the type of music that fits in with soft lights and sweet whispers."

 

"Vaughn Monroe, Glamour Guy" by Joe Martin

 

"Well, we like to let down our hair and pep it up at the dances, but we keep it slower when we broadcast. We have to please everybody, and that softer music appeals to the larger amount of people. It's like eating too much cake. You have to have your steak too."

 

From "Talking It Over With Vaughn" Winter 1948 "Monroe-ly Yours" fan club journal. Courtesy of Tinker Cunningham.

On women's comments...

 

"How in the world any one weighing 185 pounds can be cute is beyond me."

 

"Vaughn Monroe, Glamour Guy" by Joe Martin

On song choices...

"If I had my choice,  I'd pick a song that tells a story every time. There is a great deal of pleasure in doing the vocal on a number that you can put feeling into. "

From a column by Vaughn written for the Fall 1948 "Monroe-ly Yours" fan club journal. Courtesy of Tinker Cunningham.

 

On staying in touch...

 

"People forget you awfully fast if they don't see you. There's a new generation growing up all the time, and if you don't keep that personal touch with each one of them, you're out of luck."

 

METRONOME magazine article, 1947

On a career in classical music...

 

"For a while, I kept dreaming of being a concert baritone and I took courses at the New England Conservatory of Music, but I gave that up when I realized that the Depression had wrecked the concert stage."

 

COLLIER'S magazine article "Voice with Muscles," August 20, 1949

 

On developing one's voice...

 

"There are hundreds of people running around with great voices. If they would study and develop them they could become great singers."

 

From an interview with Edward Howard, "Moon Beam Extra" fan club journal courtesy of Tinker Cunningham.

 

Tommy Dorsey to Vaughn Monroe...

"What college cutie wouldn't like to cuddle up and sing a duet with you?--You big six-foot-two Adonis."

The Tommy Dorsey Show, October 7, 1945

On his television show "Airtime '57"...

"Having been through all of this myself from appearances on almost every type of musical television program during the past six years, I have a very good idea of what I don't want on my show. That is why on "Air Time '57" two guide rules will be stringently observed--"good music" and "simplicity."

"I might add that we will draw much of our music material from my personal library. It consists of over 3,000 songs and arrangements and literally represents a cross-section of America's musical tastes in popular music during the past 16 years. I started the library when I first organized my band in 1940 and have been adding material to it up to the very present."

"Simplicity is the Thing!" by Vaughn Monroe (star of "Air Time '57" for Air Force Reserve) TV and Radio Magazine

On becoming the Voice of RCA...

 

"I told him I wasn't an announcer, but he said the company wanted someone with a casual and homey touch. At the time, I didn't know four top New York announcers also were auditioning for the job, or I'd never have agreed to do it. But I won somehow."

 

From a November 30, 1967 interview for "The Wichita Eagle" when asked about becoming the voice of RCA-Victor. Vaughn's manager had called him to New York to audition for a series of RCA commercials.

 

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