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


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

The popular singer and actor was known for hits including You're Breaking My Heart, On the Street Where You Live and An Affair to Remember from the 1957 movie of the same title, starring Cary Grant.

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. When his father was injured and could no longer work, he started working at the local Paramount Theater as an usher and elevator operator. Two other sisters died before Damone: Sandy Boucher and Pia Romeo.

Damone, whose smooth baritone led Frank Sinatra to famously declare he "had the best pipes in the business", died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., surrounded by several close relatives.

He also took on a number of acting gigs throughout his lifetime, including the films Rich, Young and Pretty (1951), Athena (1954), and Kismet (1955).

The musician recorded over 2,500 songs and rose post-World War II alongside Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como and Dean Martin.

Dame was married five times and is survived by his six grandchildren.

In 1997, Vic received the Sammy Cahn Life Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2014, was presented with the first Legend Award from the Society For the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.

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. "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.