following was posted on our bulletin board by Jerry Furris and Herb
Wasserman. The information
is gathered from album liner notes and various bios from music
encyclopedias. Jerry writes: Some I witnessed myself....
that Vaughn Monroe's TV Show was the first variety show to be shown
fully in color. (How come none of those shows are available for us to buy?)
They surely had shown Mr. Monroe's full array of talents. He even danced
while he sang! Full color of all TV shows was far off yet.
you know?" that Vaughn
Monroe was spokesman for demonstrating
the first television stereo broadcast on the Garry Moore Show (10/21/58) and
even conversed with Gary about the new system. Mr.
Monroe did commercials demonstrating how the new medium worked. Using the
mono FM signal on the TV show (no stereo there for a long time to come
either) and with a local AM or FM monophonic simulcast (FM stereo was just
coming in on a very limited scale) the two channel medium was heard. Not the
greatest reception, but it perked up interest for a whole new entertainment
medium. Vaughn not only did the stereo
demo, but did commercials for RCA color TV and for his newest LP. He even
sang "You Were Meant For Me" on the show. This landmark television show can
be viewed in New York's Radio and TV Museum.
that it's been estimated that Vaughn Monroe and his crew accrued more than
half a million miles, traveling mostly by bus to do their many years of
playing around the country. It may have been many more for Mr. Monroe
personally. He did use his plane and did also ride an Indian motorcycle to
get around busy New York City for various recording sessions and meetings.
that colleges in the early 50's realized they needed named big bands to get
crowds to attend their dances. Mr. Monroe and his crew got the biggest
amount on record for a one night stand. Most bands got around $2,000 for
one. He got a record $4,200. Wonder what that would be in today's money.
Remember the average worker at the time made around $3,000 a year gross
wages if that doesn't seem like a lot to you. That was back in what has been
come to be known as 'the good old days.' Sorry don't have info on which
college that was.
that the film "Toughest Man in Arizona," which starred our favorite singing
bandleader cowboy, was released in 1952. A publicity book at the time had
this article included in the outline of information to dispense promoting
VAUGHN MONROE OWN STUNT MAN
No doubles were required for Vaughn Monroe during the chase sequences in his
latest starring picture for Republic, "The Toughest Man in Arizona". Monroe
is an expert rider and he stables eight horses in a riding academy near
It seems "Versatility" should have been Mr. Monroe's middle name too!