Rudy vallée’s personal 1905 tennis rackets yale team, played tennis in films!
Two (2) vintage, wooden tennis rackets: a Narragansett Thirty “Standard” (not certain year) and an A.G. Spaulding “Favorite” with 1905 patent date. These belonged to the great crooner and America’s first “teen idol” Rudy Vallee! (Yes, THAT Rudy… Lord Fogg to Batman fans!) The Rudy Vallée Show, a pioneering and top-rated musical variety radio program broadcast from Studio 8H on NBC, then the world's largest radio studio, from 1929 to 1939. Rudy’s show moved to Los Angeles as the Rudy Vallée Sealtest Hour, broadcast on NBC from 1940-43. Rudy became a Coast Guard Lieutenant in 1941 leading the 40-piece band at the Hollywood Bowl with appearances across the US through 1944. Rudy starred with Robert Morse in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a musical by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrow which opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway in October 1961, running for 1,417 performances. Rudy never missed a performance. The show won seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Rudy and Morse reprised their roles in the 1967 film of the show, and Rudy regularly performed the show in regional theaters for many years. It should be noted that Vallee played Tennis at Yale and is seen in several films and television variety shows playing the game. Credited with inspiring such singing greats as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, he was a unique figure in American music history!Condition: Strings need replacement, overall sound condition, with two of his signature logo tennis bags! A letter of PROVENANCE will accompany these!
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