Rudy Vallie, The Kid From Maine

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The clown prince of crooning, Rudy Vallee was — ironically — its most serious devotee. He adores the female, only sings the choruses of his songs (why waste time on all that exposition?), once wrote an unpublished book of his romantic life called Dolls of the Vallee and had the kind of after-career (when his trademark megaphone became a stylistic signifier) that was his own parody. He didn't mind. Rudy always enjoyed reprising his greatest hits, and this collection contains many of the songs he's best known for, including "Vagabond Lover," "The Whiffenpoof Song" and the signifying "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries."