Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Time to note a couple of them before I forget.

Singer Jerry Vale, 83, died after a period of declining health.

I remember my mother getting me an album of his. He wasn't to my taste, but there was utterly nothing wrong with him, so I appreciated getting the gift. I have a wide range of taste in music, and certainly crooning was never objectionable like rap and shit like that.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums. His rendition of "Volare," ''Innamorata" and "Al Di La" became classic Italian-American songs. His biggest hit was "You Don't Know Me." - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=jerry-vale&pid=171070198#sthash.nOAueCte.dpuf

He was a crooner in the mold of Robert Goulet, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and Mel Torme.


Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee, also 83, passed away. He was best remembered for the novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, which was published in 1969.

British author Mary Stewart, 97, has died. She was known for her writing in a variety of genres.

When “The Crystal Cave,” the first book of the trilogy, was published in 1970, Ms. Stewart already had a dozen or so novels to her credit — among them “Nine Coaches Waiting” (1958), “The Moon-Spinners” (1962) and “The Gabriel Hounds” (1967) — and was known for bringing an unexpected intelligence and historical resonance to what some dismissed as frivolous women’s fiction.

Musician Ernie Chataway, 62, best remembered for being a co-founder and guitarist for the rock band Judas Priest, of cancer.

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