June Valli

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June Valli
June Valli 1966
Valli in 1966
Background information
Birth name June Foglia
Born (1928-06-30)June 30, 1928
The Bronx, New York
Died March 12, 1993(1993-03-12) (aged 64)
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Television personality

June Valli (June 30, 1928–March 12, 1993), the stage name of June Foglia, was an American singer and television personality.[1][2][3]

Born in the Bronx, Valli was one of the stars of the 1950s television shows Stop the Music and Your Hit Parade. She sang on the show during the show's 1952–1953 season. At the start of the 1953–1954 season, she was replaced by singer Gisele MacKenzie.

Donald Swerdlow and his 12-year-old Bronx friends, students at Public School 6 were asked by June's manager to start a fan club for her. They did this and paraded in front of a TV studio carrying "picket signs" promoting her recordings of "Now Now Now" (an American version of the Israeli favorite, Hava Nagile, and the record's flip-side, "Always Always."

Valli recorded a number of hit songs, including "Strange Sensation" (1952), "A Shoulder to Cry On", "Crying in the Chapel", "Why Don't You Believe Me?" and "Unchained Melody". Throughout her career, she sang with various stars of the time, including Mel Torme and Fats Domino. Valli was also the singing voice in a series of commercials for Chiquita Bananas.[3]

At one time she was married to famed WIND-AM Chicago disc jockey Howard Miller. Valli died in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Charted Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
1952 "Strange Sensation" 23
1953 "Crying in the Chapel" 4
1954 "I Understand" 8
"Tell Me, Tell Me" 16
1955 "Unchained Melody" 29
1958 "The Wedding" 43
1959 "The Answer To A Maiden's Prayer" 71
1960 "Apple Green" 29
1961 "This World We Live In" -


  1. ^ "Obituaries: June Valli; Singer, 64". The New York Times. 1993-03-16. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  2. ^ June Valli at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b "JUNE VALLI". Saxony Records. Retrieved 28 May 2010.