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Vaughn Wilton Monroe (October 7, 1911 – May 21, 1973) was an American singer, trumpeter and big band leader, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Monroe was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania in 1929 where he was senior class president and voted "most likely to succeed." After high school, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he was an active member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Singer Vaughn Monroe's road to stardom went through Jeannette - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He formed a band in Boston in 1940 and became its principal vocalist. He also wrote a number of songs ranging from "Army Song" to less known ones like the "Jeannette High School Alma Mater"

In the 1940s, Monroe built The Meadows, a restaurant/nightclub on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts, west of Boston. He broadcast his Camel Caravan radio program from there starting in 1946. It burned to the ground in December 1980.

He recorded extensively for RCA Victor until the 1950s and his signature tune was "Racing with the Moon" (1941). Among his other hits were "In the Still of the Night" (1939), "There I Go" (1941), "There I've Said It Again" (1945), "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" (1946), "Ballerina" (1947), "Riders in the Sky" (1948), "Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)" (1949), "Sound Off" (1951), and "In the Middle of the House" (1956). He also turned down the chance to record "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

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