ORONO — University of Maine honor societies will celebrate Rudy Vallee Day on Wednesday, recognizing the legendary singer and Westbrook native who spent a semester at the college and later popularized its fight song.

Today, Oct. 11, is officially Rudy Vallee Day at the University of Maine, as decided in 1975 by then-Gov. James B. Longley, according to a news release.

University students, who are on fall break, will recognize Vallee on Wednesday when they return to school.

Four honor societies — Senior Skull Society, All Maine Women, Sophomore Owls Society and Sophomore Eagles Society — will gather on the steps of Fogler Library at 3 p.m. to sing the school’s fight song, called “The Stein Song,” which Vallee sang to the top of the pop charts in 1930.

Vallee, born in 1901, transferred from the University of Maine to Yale University. He starred in many movies, including “The Palm Beach Story” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which he had previously starred in on Broadway.

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