Radio and movie star who often sang through a megaphone and wrote songs like "Oh! Ma-Ma! (The Butcher Boy)" and "Old Man Harlem."
He tried to enlist to fight in World War I at the age of fifteen, but he was denied because of his age.
His final hit was "As Time Goes By," which was made popular in the movie Casablanca.
He was married four times: first to Leonie Cauchois in 1928, then to Fay Webb in 1931, to Jane Greer in 1943, and finally to Eleanor Norris in 1949.
Vallée's vocal style of imitating jazz instruments influenced the work of Bing Crosby.