Jerry Vale – La Chitarra Romana – Roman Guitar

Jerry Vale 

La Chitarra Romana

Roman Guitar 

A little history about Jerry Vale.

Jerry Vale was born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in the Bronx, N.Y., to Italian immigrant parents. In high school, to earn money, Jerry Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop in New York City. Still a teenager, he left school for a job in a factory, where he worked as an oiler alongside his father. During his time working at the barbershop, he sang while he shined shoes. His boss liked the sound so well that he paid for music lessons for Jerry. Enjoying the lessons, Vale started singing in high school musicals and at a local nightclub.

Listen to Jerry Vale sing La Chitarra Romana

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Jerry Vale reached the top of the pop charts with his interpretations of romantic ballads, including a cover of Eddy Arnold hit “You Don’t Know Me” (1956) and “Have You Looked into Your Heart” (1964). Jerry Vale, who was of Italian descent, sang numerous songs in Italian, many of which were used in soundtracks by films of Martin Scorsese.

Jerry Vale showed his love of Italian music with his albums, I Have But One Heart (1962) and Arrivederci, Roma (1963), full of Italian standards such as “Amore, Scusami”, “Ciao, Ciao, Bambina”, “Arrivederci, Roma”, and “O Sole Mio”. His renditions of “Volare”, “Innamorata (Sweetheart)”, and “Al di là” became classic Italian-American songs.


Another wonderful success story – Always the gentleman – Jerry Vale

Listen to Jerry Vale singing

La Chitarra Romana


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