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]

Early years[edit]

Born in the Bronx, Valli's father was Italian, and her mother was Austrian.[4] She worked as a bookkeeper after her high school graduation. Her singing of Stormy Weather at a friend's wedding reception led to an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, where she won. She subsequently appeared on Perry Como's and Ed Sullivan's TV shows.[5]

Television[edit]

Valli was one of the stars of the 1950s television shows Stop the Music and Your Hit Parade. She sang on the latter show during the its 1952–1953 season.[6] At the start of the 1953–1954 season, she was replaced by singer Gisele MacKenzie.[7]

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 Nagila, and the record's flip-side, "Always Always."

In 1957, Valli and Andy Williams were co-hosts of The Andy Williams-June Valli Show, a summer replacement program on NBC-TV.[8] A newspaper article noted, "It's her first chance in three years to settle down in one place."[9]

Recordings[edit]

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]

Private life[edit]

Valli was married to famed WIND (AM) Chicago disc jockey Howard Miller for two years—a union that she called "my biggest mistake."[5] She later married Jim Merchant.[5]

Death[edit]

Valli died of cancer May 12, 1993, at her home[10] in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Charted Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US
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" -

References[edit]

  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. 
  4. ^ Morton, Al (June 4, 1953). "Television Is a Gluttonous Monster In Field of Drama". Delaware County Daily Times. p. 10. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ a b c Pesmen, Sandra (April 30, 1975). "June Valli: Heading For 2nd Time At Top". The Raleigh Register. p. 15. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Renewed". The (San Mateo, California) Times. August 30, 1952. p. 5. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Mail Bag". Waco Tribune-Herald. September 1, 1974. p. 54. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Company. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Scheuer, Steven (July 9, 1957). "June Valli To Have Own TV Show". The (Hammond, Indiana) Times. p. 8. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "June Valli". Variety. June 15, 1993. Retrieved 6 July 2015.