1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
June Valli (born June 30, 1930)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Crying In the Chapel 1953
June Valli also had hits with I Understand in 1954 and Unchained Melody in 1955.
Recording career on the charts: 1952-1960 Record Labels: RCA Victor & Mercury
June Valli was born in the Bronx, New York. She got her start with a win on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts’ TV program. She was a featured vocalist along with Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, and Russell Arms on the pop music television show ‘Your Hit Parade.’ After a two year stint Giselle McKenzie replaced her. She also appeared on ‘The Big Show’ hosted by Tullulah Bankhead. Signing a contract with RCA Victor in the early fifties, she recorded her two biggest hits Crying in the Chapel and I Understand. The country-twinged Crying in the Chapel was written by Artie Glenn and originally recorded by his son, country singer Darrell Glenn, covered by the R&B group the Orioles, and recorded in 1965 by Elvis Presley. June Valli’s dramatic 1953 version was her only top-ten hit. She married Chicago disc jockey Howard Miller and in the late fifties moved to Mercury records where she recorded her last chart hit Apple Green in 1960. June Valli died in 1993 at the age of 64.