Jerry Vale dies at 83

Crooner JERRY VALE has died aged 83.

The singer passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California on Sunday morning (18May14). A spokesperson for his family claims he had been in declining health for some time.

Vale, real name Genaro Louis Vitaliano, was discovered in his teens while performing at supper clubs in New York City, and went on to record more than 50 albums throughout his career.

The singer was best known for his popular tunes including Al-Di-La and a version of America's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which was commonly played at sports events for years.

Vale also appeared as himself in two Martin Scorsese-directed classics, Goodfellas and Casino, and also made a cameo in an episode of The Sopranos in 2002.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, and their two children.

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