1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Vic Damone (born June 12, 1928)
Famous POP hit during the 50s: On the Street Where You Live 1956
Other hits included: You’re Breaking My Heart in 1949, April in Portugal in 1953, and An Affair To Remember in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts:1947-1965 Record Labels: Mercury & Columbia
Born Vito Farinola in Brooklyn, but adopting his mother’s maiden name, popular crooner Vic Damone was a prototypical Italian-American ballad singer. Perry Como heard him sing and encouraged him. They became good friends—Vic’s son is named Perry and Perry Como is the boy’s godfather. After winning a place on ‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts’ in 1947, he started singing regularly on the radio and in nightclubs, and signed with Mercury Records. He had a million-seller with You’re Breaking My Heart, based on the turn-of-the-century ballad by Leoncavallo, composer of the opera ‘I Pagliacci.’ But it was his recording of On the Street Where You Live from Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway show ‘My Fair Lady’ that put Vic Damone into super-star status. He had another hit in 1957 with his recording of An Affair to Remember from the Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr film. He starred in MGM musicals ‘Rich, Young and Pretty,’ ‘Athena,’ ‘Kismet,’ and ‘Hit the Deck.’ Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had “the best set of pipes in the business.”