The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Golden Age crooner Vic Damone dead at 89
In this file photo taken on May 08, 2011 (L-R) David Rowan, Vic Damone, Rena Rowan and Daisy Miller attend the Ambassadors for Humanity gala honoring Brian L. Roberts to benefit the USC Shoah Foundation Institute on May 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Damone, whose silky baritone voice made him a 1950s heartthrob and who Frank Sinatra said had the "best pipes in the business," has died, his family announced February 12, 2018. He was 89. Ed Henry, a Fox News correspondent and family friend, said that relatives asked him to share that Damone died on February 11 in Florida. Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.


NEW YORK (AFP).- Vic Damone, whose silky baritone voice made him a 1950s heartthrob and who Frank Sinatra said had the "best pipes in the business," has died, his family announced Monday. He was 89.

Ed Henry, a Fox News correspondent and family friend, said that relatives asked him to share that Damone died Sunday night in Florida.

Damone was one of the top stars of a golden age of crooners, who filled nightclubs and were frequently booked to sing in front of orchestras on television shows before the arrival of rock 'n' roll.

He scored his first hit in 1949 with "Again" and was catapulted to star status in 1956 with his recording of "On the Street Where You Live," a song from the musical "My Fair Lady."

No less than Sinatra, whom Damone deeply respected, was in awe of his voice.

"If I had one wish, it would be for Vic Damone's tonsils. Vic has the best pipes in the business," Sinatra was quoted as saying by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when Damone was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 1997.

Damone made headlines when he backed out of one high-profile project -- "The Godfather."

Damone had initially been cast in the now classic film to play Johnny Fontane, a singer with shady mafia ties -- a character many viewers presumed was based on Sinatra, who was reputedly upset about the depiction and urged Damone to quit.

Publicly, Damone attributed his decision to financial disputes and his pride as an Italian American. Another crooner, Al Martino, eventually played the role.

But Damone had his own experience with the mafia.

In his memoir, "Singing Was the Easy Part," he said that a mob boss once nearly pushed him out the window of a Manhattan hotel after he broke off an engagement with his daughter.

Damone, who was married five times, was born as Vito Farinola to Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, where his mother scrounged for $1 a week to give him singing lessons.

After his father, an electrician, was injured on the job, the teenage Damone got a job as an usher and elevator operator at the since defunct Paramount Theatre in Times Square.

One night when Perry Como was starring, Damone stopped the elevator between floors and sang for the established singer, asking if his mother was misguided in paying for his lessons.

"You've got something, kid. Don't stop singing," Damone would recall Como telling him -- and soon Como helped arrange the teenager's first performance, on a New York radio station.


© Agence France-Presse





Today's News

February 14, 2018

Exhibition at museum in Oxford reveals the history of settlers in Britain

'Lost' Klimt drawing discovered in Austria

Art Institute of Chicago acquires Duchamp's Bottle Rack

The Giacometti Institute to open in Paris on 20 June 2018

Two early portraits by Freud acquired for the nation and allocated to Abbot Hall, Kendal

Rare Beethoven leaf and Newton's instructions for Philosopher's Stone lead Bonhams NY Books and Manuscripts Auction

Christie's announces highlights from the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

North American premiere of Alberto Giacometti exhibition opens in Quebec City

Congressman Sam Johnson donates POW possessions to Smithsonian

Christie's to offer masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri and Thomas Schütte

US judge awards $6.75 mn in damages to graffiti artists

'Women Look at Women' opens Richard Saltoun's new gallery in Dover Street

Julien's Auctions announces "Hollywood: Property from the Osianama Archives"

Rolls Royce once owned by R2-D2 (actor Kenny Baker of Star Wars fame) for sale with H&H Classics

Exhibition brings together 26 artists from the eastern Baltic Sea region

Exhibition examines the environmental, aesthetic, and technological implications of plastic

Exhibition at Vleeshal brings together three artists with similar interests and different voices

Golden Age crooner Vic Damone dead at 89

Ines Doujak transforms LENTOS Kunstmuseum into a fashion store

Exhibition presents a selection of works exploring the archetypes of good and evil characters

Signed items from Jackie Kennedy, Einstein, Lincoln, many more at University Archives' Feb. 21 auction

Sotheby's acquires Viyet, the online marketplace for interior design

Nelson-Atkins hires Hathaway Maranda to lead Development division

Inscribed first edition of The Great Gatsby may bring $100,000 at Heritage Auctions in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- French nudists get cheeky with theme park and museum outings

2.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

3.- European police seize 25,000 trafficked ancient finds

4.- Son's tribute to his late father £120,000 restoration of their Rover 95 offered at H&H Classics

5.- The National Gallery acquires Artemisia Gentileschi self-portrait

6.- Thieves steal ancient arrow poison from Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in the Netherlands

7.- Researchers discover the oldest giant dinosaur species that inhabited the Earth

8.- One of J.M.W.Turner's greatest watercolours left in private hands sells for £2 million

9.- Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

10.- A 'Japanese tip': the origami art left by diners



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful