Longtime Singer Vic Damone, 'Best Pipes in the Business,' Dies at 89

Vic Damone and his wife Rena Rowan

Fox News reports that Vic Damone died on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla.

ICONIC musician Vic Damone, who was given his big break by by Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 89. Damone was forced to drop out of high school and take a job as an usher at the Paramount Theater in New York City, where he bumped into Como in an elevator.

He will be best remembered for the huge hit singles "You're Breaking My Heart", "On the Street Where You Live" and "An Affair to Remember" from the Gary Grant movie.

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 also had major roles in the movie musicals Hit the Deck and Kismet (right). And, as if all that weren't enough, he also hosted his very own variety show called The Vic Damone Show.

United States 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.

Overall, Damone recorded more than 2,500 songs. In his memoir, "Singing Was the Easy Part", he said that a mob boss once almost pushed him out the window of a Manhattan hotel after he broke off an engagement with his daughter.

Damone also was a personal friend of Donald Trump. "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 was married five times and is survived by his two sisters, Elaine Seneca and Terry Sicuso, three daughters - Victoria Damone, Andrea Damone-Brown and Daniella Damone-Woodard - and six grandchildren.

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