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Vic Damone, famed Brooklyn-born singer, dead at 89

Vic Damone, the smooth-singing vocalist behind a bevy of big-time hits in the 1940 and ’50s, died Sunday at the age of 89.

The Brooklyn-born artist was accompanied by his family at a Miami Beach, Fla., hospital at the time of his death.

Damone is remembered for acclaimed hits such as “You’re Breaking My Heart,” which rose to the top of the charts in 1949 shortly after its release, as well as “My Heart Cries For You” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

He broke into the music industry as a teen in the late 1940s, shortly after another meeting legendary singer, Perry Como, in an elevator at the Paramount Theater, where Damone was working as an usher.

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Damone, seen here in 2011, is survived by six grandchildren.

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Damone then sang for Como, who encouraged him to continue performing, and by 1947 Damone had landed his first recording contract.

He went on to release several well-received songs before the decade was over, including “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “I Do,” and continued to churn out hits for decades. His last album came out in 2002.

Overall, Damone recorded more than 2,500 songs over the course of his illustrious career. Frank Sinatra, who hit his peak during the same era of music, once described Damone as having “the best pipes in the business.”

In addition to his massive singing portfolio, Damone sustained a film and TV career, notably appearing in the 1955 movie “Kismet,” among others.

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Damone hosted a variety program, NBC’s “The Vic Damone Show,” beginning in 1962.

The singer is survived by his six grandkids.


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