On the Street Where You Live singer Vic Damone dies


After winning a tie on the "Alfred Godfrey Talent Hunt" radio show, Damone's singing career took off, and the crooner sold millions of records in a recording career spanning over 50 years.

Damone passed away surrounded by close relatives at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. These were followed by a number of other hits, including 1949's "You're Breaking My Heart", which went gold, and 1955's "On the Street Where You Live".

"I never thought of myself that way", Damone wrote in a memoir about whether he was a crossover star.

Best known for hits "You're Breaking My Heart" and "On the Street Where You Live", with over 2,500 recordings under his belt, Damone was part of the golden age of lounge singers who came to fame after World War II, including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Perry Como. He penned down, "That wasn't my particular gift".

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At 14 he landed his first big break while working at the Paramonut Theatre in New York City, singing for Como in an elevator. Damone stopped the elevator between floors and started singing. In the summers of 1962 and 1963, Damone hosted another a television variety series on NBC called The Lively Ones, which showcased current jazz, pop and folk performers, as well as comedians.

"Without Frank there would not have been a Vic Damone", Damone once said.

Damone gave one final performance on January 22, 2011 at the Kravis Performing Arts Center in West Palm Beach to a sold-out crowd.

He was married five times, including to actress Diahann Carroll. "Don't stop singing", Damone would recall Como telling him - and soon Como helped arrange the teenager's first performance, on a NY radio station. The singer is predeceased by a son and two sisters, and survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, six grandchildren and two sisters.