Genaro Louis Vitaliano, 8 July 1932, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. A popular singer, especially of ballads, with several chart hits to his credit during the 50s and 60s, Vale had studied piano and worked as a shoeshine boy while still at school. Later, he was employed in an electrical component factory, and sang in his spare time. After winning a talent contest at the Club del Rio, he stayed there for over a year, and then, while performing at the Enchanted Room in New York, he was spotted by Guy Mitchell, who recommended him to Columbia Records A&R manager, Mitch Miller. His first chart entry for the label, You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart (1953), on which he was accompanied by Percy Faith And His Orchestra, was followed by Two Purple Shadows, I Live Each Day, Innamorata and You Dont Know Me (1956). Despite the 60s beat boom, Vale registered in the bestsellers lists with singles...
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