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Vic Damone dead: Legendary pop singer dies aged 89

Vic Damone dead: Legendary pop singer dies aged 89

Longtime singer Vic Damone died on Sunday at the age of 89, his family told Fox News Monday.

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 won first place in Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show in 1947 and scored his first recording contract that same year.

Damone came on the radio singing one of Sinatra's hits "Night and Day" live.

He segued into acting as well in the 1950s, appearing in films The Strip, playing himself, and Rich, Young and Pretty.

The crooner was known for his silky-toned voice which brought much joy to fans in the 40s and 50s, particularly with his hits 'You're Breaking My Heart' and 'On the Street Where You Live'.

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He was a close personal friend of Donald Trump and met his last wife at the Mar-a-Lago resort. Moving into television, he hosted for a short time his own show The Vic Damone Show in 1956, which aired as a summer replacement for December Bride.

U.S. entertainment trade website Deadline.com reports that Damone was offered the part of singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather but turned it down with the role subsequently going to Al Martino.

Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82, when he sang to a sold-out crowd in Palm Beach, Florida.

The legendary musician is survived by six grandchildren and two sisters, Elaine Seneca and Terry Sicuso.

In the early 1970s, Damone went through a rough stretch, having to declare bankruptcy, but started touring Las Vegas casinos as a performer and earned enough to clear up his financial difficulties.

In his retirement years, Damone wrote his autobiography, Singing Was the Easy Part (2009), kept in touch with his fans through his Facebook page and spent time with family.


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