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Jerry Vale, 1950s pop crooner, dead at 83

Jerry Vale, 1950s pop crooner, dead at 83 © AP / Jerry Vale Jerry Vale, 1950s pop crooner, dead at 83

By Todd Cunningham

Jerry Vale, a popular 1950s singing star, has died at his California home. He was 83.

Vale died Sunday morning at his home in Palm Desert, his family's attorney told the Associated Press.

Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale got his start in New York supper clubs as a teen. He was discovered by Paul Insetta, who got him to change his name and led him to Columbia Records, and Vale went on to record more than 50 albums.

His signature tune was "Al Di La," and he was known for his high tenor voice and romantic songs. He recorded a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the 1960s that became a staple at sports events for years.

He made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film "Goodfellas" and the 1995 film "Casino," both directed by Martin Scorsese. He also appeared on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Vale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, a son and a daughter.

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