Legendary crooner Vic Damone passed away on Sunday at persons under the age of 89, his family tells Fox News.
Damone, whose smooth baritone produced Frank Sinatra to famously declare he “had the best pipes in the business, ” died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla ., surrounded by several close relatives.
Damone likewise received a call from his friend, President Donald Trump, at research hospitals in the working day before he died, his family said.
Damone starred in several television series, including “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC, and reached movies including “Kismet” and “Rich, Young and Pretty, ” but the vocalist did not consider himself a true crossover star.
“I never thought of myself that route, ” Damone wrote in his memoir. “That wasn’t my particular endowment. My endowment was singing.”
Best known for hittings “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street Where You Live, ” with over 2,500 tapes under his belt, Damone was part of the golden age of lounge vocalists who came to renown after World War II, including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Perry Como.
Damone’s first big break came at the age of 14, with Como’s help. Damone was forced to drop out of high school and take a chore as an usher at the Paramount Theater in New York City, where he bumped into Como in an elevator. Damone stopped the elevator between storeys and started singing.
He asked Como on whether he should continue voice lessons and Como said simply, “Keep singing! ”
Fate intervened for Damone again in the summer of 1946, when Sinatra was playing poker at a friend’s Manhattan apartment, and one of Sinatra’s classics, “Night and Day, ” came on the radio. Sinatra was astounded when the singer turned out to be Damone, live in the studio. Sinatra phoned the radio station and told Damone: “This is Frank Sinatra, and I want you to stop sing my songs.”
Damone thought he was being pranked and barked back, “Yeah, if you’re Frank Sinatra, then I’m the Pope.”
Months subsequently, Sinatra ended up introducing Damone at a charity fundraiser in Madison Square Garden.
“I’d like to introduce to you Vic Damone, ” Sinatra said. “This kid’s a really great singer. He’s get stardust on his shoulders.”
Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1928, in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn to Italian immigrant parents, Rocco and Mamie( Damone) Farinola.
Damone is lived by six grandchildren and two sisters, Elaine Seneca and Terry Sicuso. Two other sisters died before Damone: Sandy Boucher and Pia Romeo.
Damone is also survived by three son-in-laws, William Karant, Michael Woodard, and Joel Brown.
A son named after Perry Como, Perry Farinola Damone, died in 2014.