This Date In 1933, Rudy Vallee Played Bangor Auditorium
A singer, bandleader, actor, and one of the first "teen idols" on the planet, played on this night here in Bangor. Do you know what Maine song he made famous worldwide?
Rudy Vallee grew up in Westbrook, Maine. He attended the University of Maine for a couple of years in the 1920s, before moving along to Yale. While at UM, he discovered the Maine Stein Song, the school's fight song, and a song that he and his band the Connecticut Yankees recorded in 1929 and would eventually hit #1 in the U.S. in 1930.
We don't have a set list of what Vallee performed at the Bangor Auditorium, May 21st, 1933. But we're betting the most loved song of the night was the Maine Stein Song.
The saxophonist and "crooner" (yeah, look that one up), died in Los Angeles back in 1986, but is buried right here in Maine, in Westbrook.