My father worked for Vaughn Monroe at The Meadows after he got out of the army in
1945. My grandfather and my Uncle Joe used to work there too.
My grandfather met Kate Smith at the Meadows and
actually dated her. My father also met Jackie Gleason and Frank Fontaine.
Vaughn Monroe use to come over to our house when we
had cook outs.
When Vaughn Monroe came over he used to bring his dog,
Archie, who was a boxer.
My father told me that once he and Vaughn went over to the Thompson Farm and
picked some corn. They invited Mr. Thompson over and they sang and
danced. My father played banjo
for Vaughn Monroe, but I think that was only when he came over to our
My aunts used to baby-sit his kids too.
Vaughn Monroe and other singers and actors use to
perform at the Monticello and then go across the street back to the
Meadows. They where both on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts. When I
see my aunt again I'll see if she can tell me more. . .
. . .
Sunday I went and saw my great Aunt Peggy's kids and one of then told me
that Vaughn Monroe sang "The Anniversary Song" for my mother and father on
their anniversary, and sang "The Duckworth Chant" for my father when he
got out of the army.