Vic Damone dead: Legendary pop singer dies aged 89

He passed away on Sunday

Ilana Kaplan
New York
Monday 12 February 2018 16:16 GMT
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Pop singer Vic Damone has died at the age of 89.

He was a singer-songwriter, actor, TV and radio presenter best known for pop hits "You're Breaking My Heart," "On the Street Where You Live" (from My Fair Lady) and "My Heart Cries For You."

The musician recorded over 2,500 songs and rose post-World War II alongside Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como and Dean Martin. He passed away on Sunday.

At 14 he landed his first big break while working at the Paramonut Theatre in New York City, singing for Como in an elevator. Como encouraged him to "keep singing."

By 1946, Sinatra took notice of Damone when he heard him singing "Night and Day" on the radio livei n the studio.

Sinatra proceeded to call the radio station and say, "This is Frank Sinatra, and I want you to stop singing my songs.”

Damone couldn't believe it saying, "Yeah, if you’re Frank Sinatra, then I’m the Pope.”

A few months later, Sinatra ended up helping Damone's career flourish by introducing him at a charity fundraiser in New York City saying he was " a really great singer" with "stardust on his shoulders."

Damone primarily considered himself a singer, but starred in The Vic Damone Show on NBC and films like Kismet and Rich, Young and Pretty.

In his memoir, he write that his "gift was singing," not acting.

The singer was lauded by Frank Sinatra for having "the best pipes in the business."

Damone was born on June 12, 1928 as Vito Farinola in Brooklyn to Italian immigrant parents, Rocco and Mamie (Damone) Farinola.

The legendary musician is survived by six grandchildren and two sisters, Elaine Seneca and Terry Sicuso.

Damone passed away surrounded by close relatives at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.​

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