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RUDY VALLEE'S
"ROYAL GELATIN HOUR"
ALSO KNOWN AS
"ROYAL DESSERTS HOUR"

 Royal Gelatin Hour

2 MP3 CDs - 50 episodes


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Rudy ValleeRudy Vallee started performing at an early age, and then joined the Navy during WWI. However the Navy was not amused when they found out he had lied about his age; he was only 15 when he joined. Back in show business after only 41 days of service, Rudy eventually hooked up with a band playing clarinet and saxophone at the Savoy Hotel in London. His band mates "discouraged" his attempts as a vocalist.

Rudy ValleeAt the time a singer needed a powerful voice to not only be heard over the band, but to reach the ears of audience members in the back of the hall. Two things saved Rudy's singing career. The first was the introduction of the electric microphone; with amplification Rudy's wavering, thin tenor voice took on power and intimacy. Even more important to Rudy's singing career was the fact that he was a suave, good looking young man.

Vallee became the first of what would be known as "crooners". The crooner's soft voice was perfect for the new medium of radio, and Vallee's trombone-like phrasing and vocal style would become an inspiration to later artists like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Perry Como.

As a crooner Rudy Vallee became one of the earliest mass-media pop stars. He was mobbed by screaming girls where ever he performed. In venues that did not have electric microphones and amplification, the crowd couldn't hear him they would swoon just to get a glimpse of his lips through his megaphone.

The head of programming at NBC, Bertha Brainard, was the network's first female executive. In the late 20's she began pushing for a new type of program, the Variety Show, and she insisted on having Rudy Vallee as the host. "Only a woman" she would explain "could understand the appeal" of Vallee's voice.

The show was sponsored by Standard Brands, which J.P. Morgan had formed by merging the Fleischmann Yeast Co, Royal Baking Powder, Chase and Sanborn Coffee, and others. Originally titled The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, the show was only rivaled in popularity by Amos and Andy.

Rudy ValleeBeginning in the 1936 season the name of the program was changed to The Royal Gelatin Hour, (Standard Brands apparently decided they were better served pushing desserts than yeast.)

As The Royal Gelatin Hour the program began to feature guests from the Motion Picture World, including writer Noel Coward, Fay Wray, Tyrone Power, Bob Hope, Roland Young, Gertrude Lawrence, Fanny Brice, and Ed Wynn. During the first season of The Royal Gelatin Hour Vallee introduced a young ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen. Although even Vallee expressed doubts at having a ventriloquist on the radio, Bergen's comedic timing and style, with the precociousness of his "sidekick" Charlie McCarthy, made him a hit. Bergen appeared on several more episodes during the 36 season, and in 1937 Standard Brands rebuilt The Chase and Sanborn Hour around Bergen and McCarthy, running until 1949.

The Royal Gelatin Hour also made history during Rudy Vallee's 1937 summer vacation. Vallee insisted that the sponsor hire jazz great Louis Armstrong as summer host, making Armstrong the first African American to host a major network program.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1: 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 28 minutes

Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 360820 Fanny Brice
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 361203 Gertrude Lawrence
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 361217 Shirley Booth
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 361231 Bea Lillie
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370128 Percy Grainger
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370218 Jean Arthur
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370225 Jean Hersholt
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Walter Abel
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370311 Mary Borland
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370325 Bob Hope
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370401 Marc Connelly
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370408 Henry Hull
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370415 Lou Holtz
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370422 Sir Cedric And Lady Hardwicke
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370429 Claude Rains
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370506 Charles Laughton
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370520 Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370617 Tallulah Bankhead
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370916 Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 371202 Lou Holtz
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 371216 Luther Adler
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 371223 Ethel Barrymore
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380106 Elsie Houston
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380310 Thomas Mitchell
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380324 Maxine Sullivan

Volume 2: 25 shows - total playtime 23 hours 4 minutes

Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380407 Ethel Barrymore
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380414 Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380421 Arthur Bryan Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380428 Ezra Stone
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380505 Boris Karloff
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380512 Grace George
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380519 Jane Cowl
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380602 Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380609 Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380616 Raymond Johnson Irving Caesar
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380630 Eddie Green
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380707 Dennis King Judy Canova
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380714 Ina Claire Rags Ragland Jimmy Durante
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380728 Gertrude Lawrence
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380818 Walter Hampden
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380825 Eric Blore Frank Craven Ronald Litz Ethel Merman
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380901 Grace George William Brady
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380908 Maurice Evans
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380915 Brian Aherne
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 381020 Raymond Massey
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 381027 Walter Huston
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 381117 Benita Hume
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 381201 Paul Gerrits
Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 390216 Maurice Evans

 


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