Longtime Singer Vic Damone, 'Best Pipes in the Business,' Dies at 89

Legendary singer Vic Damone dies at age 89

Legendary Crooner Vic Damone Dies At 89

Damone died on 11 February from complications of a respiratory illness.

This set the stage for later Top 10 hits "My Heart Cries for You" and "Tzena Tzena Tzena, ' as well as Broadway musical numbers like 'On the Street Where You Live" from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. Frank Sinatra, who hit his peak during the same era of music, once described Damone as having "the best pipes in the business". Damone was forced to drop out of high school and take a job as an usher at the Paramount Theater in New York City, where he bumped into Como in an elevator. Inspired by Frank Sinatra, Damone began taking voice lessons and began singing in the choir at St. Finbar's Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday Mass.

Damone also appeared at "The Vic Damone Show" on NBC and in films like "Kismet" and "Rich, Young and Pretty". His first two singles, "I Have But One Heart" and "You Do" both reached number 7 on the national charts.

Damone's relatives also confirmed to Fox News that the singer recieved a phonecall from his friend and US President Donald Trump, only days before his passing. Moving into television, he hosted for a short time his own show The Vic Damone Show in 1956, which aired as a summer replacement for December Bride.

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In the 70s, he toured Las Vegas casinos and turned down a role in The Godfather because of concerns over a lack of screen time, and - according to Francis Ford Coppola - a fear of upsetting Sinatra and the mob.

Billboard reports Damone, born Vito Rocca Farinola in 1928, recorded more than 2,000 songs in his decades-long career, including his final album in 2002.

In his autobiography, Singing Was the Easy Part, Damone claimed he had been held out of a window of a NY hotel by a gangster.

Damone was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.

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