Vaughn Wilton Monroe
Big Band Era. Swing. World War II.
of post-war America.
This was the culture and times in which Vaughn Monroe lived and
worked at the height of his career, and which his contributions had
a hand in shaping.
those of us too young to remember, Vaughn Monroe was one of the
popular male vocalists to come out of the big band phenomenon. He
had a rich baritone voice that he used masterfully. He played
trumpet and trombone with the same virtuosity. His 6-foot frame and
likable personality put him out in front of the orchestra and behind
a young couple fell in love to Monroe's crooning of some sentimental
melody. The list of his hit songs is as long as the memories that
his music invokes for those of us who were there.
CLAIRE SCHWARTZ, 2001
has to be the most popular singing bandleader there has ever been.
There have been numerous bandleaders who have sung, and been blessed
with good voices, but regardless of their abilities, their vocal
offerings came second to their conducting fame. Vaughn Monroe was
the exception -- a bandleader who, in the public perception, was
first and foremost a singer.
EDWARD CHASE, 2000
"The Vaughn Monroe
Collection" 2CD set - Flare U.K.
NOTICE: For those
of you on Facebook, there is a new Facebook Group created by Bill
Kent dedicated to Vaughn Monroe. It is a public group, meaning all
posts are viewable by anyone, the group will appear in your public
profile, and your posts/likes/comments will appear in your friends
news feeds. You must have a Facebook account to access this group.
Still Racing with the Moon
Dedicated to perpetuate the memory and music of one of the foremost
American baritones and bandleaders of the 20th Century.
for Songs on VM CDs
Robert Gagnon, grandson of Nappy
Gagnon, pianist with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, provided
updated information on his grandfather, including a new photo
with Vaughn Monroe (featured on our homepage for New Years), and
now available in the orchestra pages. 1/16/2017
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to everyone for your loyal support throughout 15 years!
Click microphone to listen!
Vaughn Monroe and Ella Raines in
"Singing Guns" (1950 Republic Pictures)
Vaughn and Sonny Skylar wrote the
music and lyrics to "Mexicali Trail," which was featured in
to read more about Vaughn's amazing music-writing,
chart-topping and star-studded career!