Renowned singer and songwriter Vic Damone died on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the age of 89, according to Fox News.
Damone, whose baritone voice was so silky that fellow crooner Frank Sinatra once said he “had the best pipes in the business,” passed away at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, with his loved ones at his side.
Damone was a Brooklyn native born to Italian immigrants. He was a huge fan of Sinatra, and his desire to follow in his idol’s footsteps encouraged him to take singing lessons. He also sang in the choir at St. Finbar’s Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn.
In April of 1947, Damone entered the talent search on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” and won. His victory earned him a regular spot on Godfrey’s show, and his star continued to rise.
Best known for hits “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street Where You Live,” the crooner would go on to become a crossover star with prominent roles in multiple TV shows, including “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC. He also appeared in movies movies like “Kismet” and “Rich, Young and Pretty.”
Damone was a close friend of President Donald Trump, who, in 2016, offered to be a character witness on Damone’s behalf in the event that a legal dispute occurred between Damone and his step-daughters over control of his then-ill wife’s estate.