Unlikely Friendship Between Rubinoff and Rudy Vallee. Vallee set show business ablaze. Hubert Prior “Rudy” Vallée (July 28, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American singer, actor, and radio host. Teens loved him. After playing drums in his high school band. Vallée played clarinet and saxophone as a teenager. From 1924 through 1925, he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London. He returned to the United States, briefly attending the University of Maine. Vallee received a degree in philosophy from Yale University. At Yale he played with Peter Arno. in a jazz band called the Yale Collegians.
David Rubinoff talks about their totally different background. His autobiography was dictated by him to his wife, Darlene: Dance of the Russian Peasant. The title says it all: Rubinoff was from a small impoverished town in Russia. Dave’s speech was colored by his Russian accent. Vallée was highly educated and from an elite background. Yet, at one time, Dave and Rudi shared a great friendship,
Unlikely Friendship Quoted from Darlene’s Writings
Darlene Azar Rubinoff quotes David the book “Rudy was a Yale man and I admired his perfect English and diction immensely. I wished I had his command of the English language. Opposites attract and he laughed good-naturedly at my broad Russian accent. Rudy corrected my English many times, but told me not to worry because my violin spoke for me.”
Rudy recommended Rubinoff to perform on a radio spot for the American Broadcasting Company. At time Rudy had to many previous engagements to take the job. As a result, Dave got his big start on the Chase and Sandborn Hour.
Good timing and knowing the right people are key to advancing a career!