Mail call: Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra, in person at the Valencia

Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra flyerToday’s mailbag item was another anonymous submission. The writer says, “Love your memories of York. Don’t stop. Grew up in York when it was a great place to live.”

Enclosed with the letter was this flyer for a performance by “the most talked about band in America,” Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra. They were performing – in person, the flyer emphasizes – at York’s Valencia Ballroom. (You might remember the Valencia – you named it the best V of York County in the ABCs of York County series.)

There was no year given on the flyer, but my best guess is 1949. Why? Because Vaughn Monroe was hot that year – it’s when “Riders in the Sky,” one of his better-known tunes, came out – and because April 30 was a Saturday that year.

There’s more about Mr. Monroe here and here.

To my anonymous reader, thanks for clueing me in to this performance. I bet it was a wonderful night and I’m glad you shared it with all of us!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Mail call: Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra, in person at the Valencia

  1. John Loeper says:

    Other well known big bands to play the Valencia back in the day included Glenn Miller and perhaps even the great Bennie Goodman. also in the rock and roll era I know that Conway Twitty performed there in the 50s. Also, There was a bar in the basement that featured smaller acts.. I think it might have been called the “rainbow grill”. I remember my sister Marge telling me she saw the Four Freshmen perform there in the 50s.

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