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Faces & names: ’50s crooner Vale dies

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Jerry Vale, a smooth-voiced singer who reached the top of the pop charts in the 1950s and ’60s with his interpretations of romantic ballads, died Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. He was 83.

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Vale’s attorney, Harold J. Levy, confirmed his death after a long illness.

Signed to Columbia Records in 1951 by legendary talent director and producer Mitch Miller, Vale had his first hit two years later with “You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart.” Backed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra, Vale established his trademark sound on lyrical ballads at a time when rock ‘n’ roll was gaining fans with younger audiences.

The Italian-American crooner from New York went on to record 50 albums and had hits into the mid-1960s with his signature “Al Di La,” “Have You Looked Into Your Heart?,” “Two Purple Shadows,” “I Live Each Day,” “Innamorata” and “You Don’t Know Me.”

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