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Legendary crooner Vic Damone, whose hits included “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street Where You Live” and who had roles in film and TV, died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness, his daughter Victoria told The Associated Press. He was 89.
Inspired by his favorite singer Frank Sinatra, Damone began his more than half-century career as winner of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Search in 1947, leading to his becoming a regular on the show. His first release, “I Have but One Heart”, reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart. “You Do” reached the same peak. 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.”
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He segued into acting as well in the 1950s, appearing in films The Strip, playing himself, and Rich, Young and Pretty. He also had major roles in the movie musicals Hit the Deck and Kismet (right). Moving into television, he hosted for a short time his own show The Vic Damone Show in 1956, which aired as a summer replacement for December Bride. The show featured Damone singing with many of his friends as guests.
His other TV work included the role of Stan Skylar in the 1960 “Piano Man” episode of CBS’ The DuPont Show with June Allyson and Jess Wilkerson in the 1961 episode “The Proxy” of ABC’s The Rebel, starring...
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