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Legendary singer Jerry Vale dead at age of 83

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Legendary singer Jerry Vale dead at age of 83

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED May 19, 2014

Legendary singer Jerry Vale passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday at his California home.

Vale started his career as a teenager, singing in New York supper clubs. He went on to record more than 50 albums, and performed at Carnegie Hall and the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

He was known for his signature velvety voice and classic love songs.

Some of his biggest hits included "Al-Di-La," "You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart," "Innamorata (Sweetheart)" and "You Don't Know Me."

In 1963, he hired a 40-piece band and eight background singers to record the national anthem as a gift for the New York Yankees (he was a big baseball fan). The recording was used for many years to come and was the first song inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

He also appeared as himself in the movies "Goodfellas" and Casino." More recently, he also appeared in the HBO series "The Sopranos."

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

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.