Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:55

Vic Damone - Balladeer And Swinger: 1928-2018

 

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Vic Damone, who died yesterday at 89, was just 19 seven decades earlier, when he had his first hit record. The former Vito Farinola of Brooklyn was on a fast trajectory. The son of Italian immigrants, he went to work when his father was injured but felt he had potential as a singer. Working an elevator in Manhattan, he had a chance encounter with Perry Como, stopped the elevator between floors and sang for him. Como liked what he heard and gave him some contacts. Looking for a more commercial stage name, he appropriated "Damone," his mother's maiden name.   (Photo: Ed Bailey. Associated Press)

Published in Get Rhythm