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Vaughn Monroe
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    (October 7, 1911-May 21, 1973)
    Born in Akron, Ohio
    Bandleader, trumpeter and baritone vocalist
    Recorded the singles 'In the Sitll of the Night' (1939), 'There I Go' (1941), 'Racing with the Moon' (1941), 'When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)' (1942), 'Let's Get Lost' (1943), 'There! I've Said It Again' (1945), 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!' (1945), 'Seems Like Old Times' (1946), 'Wish I Didn't Love You So' (1947), 'Kokomo, Indiana' (1947), 'Ballerina' (1947), 'Cool Water' (1948), 'Red Roses for a Blue Lady' (1949), 'Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)' (1949), 'Someday' (1949), 'That Lucky Old Sun' (1949), 'Mule Train' (1949), 'Sound Off' (1951), 'On Top of Old Smokey' (1951), 'Old Soldiers Never Die' (1951) and 'They Were Doin' the Mambo' (1954)
    Appeared in the movies 'Meet the People' (1944), 'Carnegie Hall' (1947), 'Singing Guns' (1950) and 'The Toughest Man in Arizona' (1951)
    His nicknames included 'Ol' Leather Tonsils,' 'the Baritone with Muscles' and 'the Voice with Hair on Its Chest.'
    His backing singers were dubbed 'the Moon Maidens' after his signature song, 'Racing with the Moon.'
    He appeared in ads for Camel Cigarettes and hosted their radio program 'Camel Caravan.'
    He was so enthusiastic a model railroader that he brought train kits with him on the tour bus.
    In high school, he was senior class president and voted 'most likely to succeed.'
    His recording of 'Riders in the Sky' was Billboard's Year-End Top Single of 1949.
    He was a licensed pilot, owned a Lockheed plane and co-wrote 'The Adventures of Mr. Putt Putt, ' a children's book about flying.
    He made public service announcements with Smokey the Bear.
    As a talent scout for RCA Records, he discovered Neil Sedaka.
    He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for recordings and radio.

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