Legendary performer Vic Damone, who was given his big break by by Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 89. The singer passed away in hospital surrounded by his family in Miami Beach, Florida. Vic Damone was part of the golden age of crooners who shot to fame after World War II – including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Perry Como. He was best known for hits “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street Where You Live”.
Reportedly, Frank Sinatra discovered Vic Damone while playing poker at a friend’s apartment in New York in 1946. Vic came on the radio singing one of Sinatra’s hits “Night and Day” live. Frank was taken aback, but months later, he introduced Vic Damone at a charity fundraiser in Madison Square Garden, telling the crowd: “This kid’s a really great singer. He’s got stardust on his shoulders.”
In the 1950’s Vic appeared in the movie musicals “Hit the Deck” and “Kismet,” and in the 1960s, he hosted his own television variety show. In 1971, Vic Damone began performing in Las Vegas, and in 1972, he was offered the role of singer Johnny Fontane in the movie “The Godfather,” but turned it down. The role ultimately went to Al Martino.
Vic Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82.
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