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)
Pop singer Julius LaRosa has been a trivia question for decades, and few over 40 know the answer. For those who do, LaRosa is known as the focus of modern broadcasting's first on-air scandal, fired on the air in 1953 by Arthur Godfrey (1903-1983) America's top broadcast personality in the decade after World War II.
LaRosa, 86, died Thursday at his Wisconsin home of natural causes.
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Scott Mervis weighed in Thursday with his personal picks for the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards, and those picks made sense. There's an equal case for Chuck Brinkman this year, but Terry Lee's importance is beyond debate as is Sean McDowell's.