It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Vic Damone

One of the prototypical Italian-American crooners, Vic Damone parlayed a smooth, mellow baritone into big-time pop stardom during the '40s and '50s. Early in his career, his inflection and phrasing were clearly indebted to Frank Sinatra, who once famously called him "the best set of pipes in the business." Overall, though, Damone's style was softer than Sinatra's and owed less to the elasticity of jazz, especially since he was a solo performer who never served an apprenticeship with a swing orchestra. Very much the heartthrob in his heyday, his repertoire relied heavily on romantic ballads, though he did sprinkle in the occasional pop novelty or Italian folk song. He managed a parallel career as a film actor and, later, a TV variety host, and remained an active nightclub performer for decades after he disappeared from the charts.

Damone was born Vito Rocca Farinola in Brooklyn, NY, on June 12, 1928. His mother was a piano teacher and his father an electrician who also sang and played guitar, but it was Sinatra who provided his first musical awakening, and inspired him to start voice lessons. His first performances came in a youth choir and at school events. When his father was seriously injured in a work accident, young Vic was forced to drop out of school to help support the family, and got a job at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan as an usher and elevator operator. One night, while taking Perry Como up to his dressing room, Vic gave an impromptu performance and asked the singer if he had any talent; Como encouraged him, referred him to a local bandleader, and became something of a mentor to him.

Adopting his mother's maiden name, Damone won first place on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show in 1947, which led to regular professional gigs on local radio. While on the set of the show, he also met Milton Berle, who helped him get gigs at the prominent nightclubs La Martinique and the Aquarium. All the attention landed the 19-year-old Damone a record deal with Mercury in fairly short order. His debut single, "I Have But One Heart," sold well, and the follow-ups, "You Do" and the Patti Page duet "Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart," were also successful. He began hosting his own radio show, Saturday Night Serenade, and played big New York venues like the Copa and the Paramount (where he'd once worked).

Damone scored his first runaway smash in 1949 with "Again," and followed it with the similarly successful "You're Breaking My Heart"; both singles sold over a million copies. A steady stream of new releases followed through 1950, with the biggest including "Vagabond Shoes," the Top Ten "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" (a cover of the Weavers' adaptation of an Israeli folk song), "Cincinnati Dancing Pig," and the Top Five "My Heart Cries for You." The following year, he signed a film contract with MGM and appeared in two movies, The Strip and the musical Rich, Young and Pretty. He also returned to the Top Five with a version of Guy Mitchell's "My Truly, Truly Fair." However, he was drafted into the military late that year, and served through 1953. Mercury continued to issue previously recorded material during Damone's tour of duty, and in that time, he hit the Top Ten with "Here in My Heart" (a cover of Al Martino's debut smash), Les Baxter's "April in Portugal," and "Ebb Tide"; he also found some success with the Charlie Chaplin-penned "Eternally."

When Damone returned from the military, he resumed his film career and married actress Pier Angeli; over the next two years, he appeared in the likes of Athena, Deep in My Heart, Kismet, and Hit the Deck, as well as guesting on Berle's TV show. However, his run of hit singles was coasting to a stop, and when Mercury dropped him, he followed his former A&R man Mitch Miller to Columbia. In 1956, Damone overcame the advent of rock & roll to score a number four pop hit with the My Fair Lady tune "On the Street Where You Live." That year, he also issued his first proper 12" LP, That Towering Feeling!, which reached the Top 20 (all his previous LPs had been 10"s or movie soundtracks). Outside of the musical arena, Damone appeared in another film, Meet Me in Las Vegas, and landed the first of what would prove to be several variety-show hosting gigs; this initial TV series, The Vic Damone Show, lasted from 1956-1957. Unfortunately, his marriage to Angeli broke up in 1958.

Damone was initially able to dodge the rock & roll bullet, but his career momentum soon ground to a near-halt. He had only one more Top 20 single, 1957's "An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair)," and he was slowly forced to try reinventing himself as an album artist and an interpretive singer for adult audiences. The consistency of his albums did improve, with the most notable result being 1961's On the Swingin' Side, but Columbia let Damone move over to Capitol afterward. Hoping that Damone could ease some of the sting of losing Sinatra, Capitol coaxed some of the singer's strongest LPs out of him, including 1962's romantic Linger Awhile With Vic Damone and The Lively Ones. Both charted in the Top 100, but failed to win the audience of, for example, latter-day Sinatra. Damone moved on to Warner Brothers for a one-off album, You Were Only Fooling, in 1965; its title cut gave Damone a last hurrah on the singles charts.

Damone next moved on to RCA and made a few recordings in the late '60s, but by this time he was primarily a TV personality and frequent variety-show guest. He staged a major concert in Las Vegas in 1971, where he became a regular on the casino circuit; this helped him iron out some financial problems that resulted in a brief period of bankruptcy in the early '70s. Damone subsequently enjoyed a steady career touring nightclubs and casinos around the country, and experienced something of a renaissance in the U.K. during the early '80s. He capitalized with extensive touring there, and also cut a few new albums for RCA during the first half of the decade. In 1987, he married actress Diahann Carroll (his fourth wife), which lasted until 1996. In addition to his live performances, he continued to record occasionally as well. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: On The Street Where You Live / The Liveliest

1. On The Street Where You Live

2. I Am In Love

3. Younger Than Springtime

4. Tonight

5. I Could Write A Book

6. Till There Was You

7. Maria

8. The Sound Of Music

9. Something's Coming

10. Lost In The Stars

11. She Loves Me

12. You And The Night And The Music

14. What Kind Of Fool Am I

18. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

23. On The Street Where You Live

x

Track List: The Complete Columbia Singles Collection

Disc 1

1. Sure

2. Help Me

3. On The Street Where You Live

4. We All Need Love

5. To Love Again

6. I Cried For You

7. War And Peace

8. Speak, My Love

9. One Little Boy

10. When My Love Smiles

11. Long Before I Knew You

12. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

13. Do I Love You

14. The Legend Of The Bells

15. An Affair To Remember

16. In The Eyes Of The World

19. Junior Miss

20. I Can't Close The Book

21. The Gift Of Love

22. Unafraid

23. Gigi

24. Life Does Man A Favor

Disc 2

1. The Only Man On The Island

2. A Toujours

4. Ooooh, My Love

5. Seperate Tables

6. We Kiss In A Shadow

7. Penny Serenade

8. Save A Kiss

9. A New Romance In Old Roma

10. My Heart Has Many Dreams

11. On A Sunday Afternoon

12. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

13. Very Warm

14. Your Smile

15. Christine

16. Never Will I Marry

17. Never Like This

18. What Fools We Mortals Be

21. Adrift On A Star

x

Track List: That Towering Feeling! / On The Swingin' Side

1. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

2. Wait Till You See Her

3. Out Of Nowhere

4. The Song Is You

5. Spring Is Here

6. Lets Fall In Love

7. (When Your Heart's On Fire) Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

8. Time On My Hands

9. I'm Glad There Is You

10. The Touch Of Your Lips

11. All The Things You Are

12. Cheek To Cheek

13. Falling In Love With Love

14. It's All Right With Me

15. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

16. Cry Me A River

17. Home

18. Swingin' Down The Lane

19. I Cried For You

20. Speak Low

21. It's A Wonderful World

22. Girl Of My Dreams

23. Deep Purple

24. Toot, Toot, Tootsie!

25. On The Street Where You Live

26. War And Peace

28. An Affair To Remember

29. Gigi

x

Track List: Closer Than A Kiss / This Game Of Love

1. Closer Than A Kiss

2. Out Of Nowhere

3. I Kiss Your Hand, Madame

4. We Kiss In A Shadow

5. Cuddle Up A Little Closer

6. A Toujours

7. You And The Night And The Music

8. Prelude To A Kiss

9. How Deep Is The Ocean

10. Day By Day

11. As Time Goes By

12. Close As The Pages In A Book

13. Alone Together

14. My Romance

16. But Beautiful

17. The End Of A Love Affair

18. The Things We Did Last Summer

19. Am I Blue?

20. I'll Be Around

21. It's A Lonesome Old Town

22. Me And My Shadow

23. I Like The Likes Of You

24. A Fellow Needs A Girl

x

Track List: Vic Damone: 16 Most Requested Songs

1. On The Street Where You Live

2. War And Peace

3. Almost Like Being In Love

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (When Your Heart's On Fire)

5. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful

6. An Affair To Remember

7. You're Breaking My Heart

8. Angela Mia (My Angel)

9. Maria

10. Gigi

11. Seperate Tables

12. But Beautiful

13. My Romance

14. The Pleasure Of Her Company

15. Serenade In Blue

16. In The Blue Of The Evening

x

Track List: That Towering Feeling (Expanded Edition)

1. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

2. Wait Till You See Her

3. Out Of Nowhere

4. The Song Is You

5. Spring Is Here

6. Let's Fall In Love

10. The Touch Of Your Lips

11. All The Things You Are

12. Cheek To Cheek

Comments

Report as inappropriate
I've always have been a huge Vic Damone fan. I started getting into Damone around age 21, which was only in 2000. But as an Italian-Amer i c a n , from both parents, my mom listened to the old Italian-Amer i c a n crooners and I listened to only rap and rock, until getting into the crooners after hearing Tony Bennett, then Perry Como and Vic Damone. I was hooked ever since.
Report as inappropriate
lmcwher0
I loved Vic Damone's voice as a teenager. I never was a fan of rock and roll. For a while the music coexisted together, but now, except for Harry Connick, Jr. and Michel Buble, not too many beautiful voices like Vic's who sing the standard wonderful ballads.
Report as inappropriate
Since I last wrote, and my gosh, it's been a year ago, but I am more convinced than ever, he had a beautiful voice, and sang songs that were written and performed the way music was meant to be done. Not much of that any more - to bad. As to Sinatra, Martin, Como, Damone , Vale and others, I've learned a new saying, The world is made up of two kinds of people, Ones who are Italian, or partly Italian, and others who wish they were As a singer, it seems to have helped.
Merry Christmas '14.
Report as inappropriate
Always brilliant
Report as inappropriate
truetofred
A lovely film it is the best film that Cary Grant appeared in Sound track good also
Report as inappropriate
Vic Damone was my favorite of all the crooners in the 40's-50's. My friend and I wrote several postcards every week to disc jockeys requesting his music. We saw him first at the Capitol Theater in Washington, DC and later at the Clique Club in Philadelphia . I am so pleased to be able to hear him again--thank you Pandora, Would love to hear Ebbtide. It is a favorite of mine and I did not know Vic Damone recorded it.Can you accommodate me?
Report as inappropriate
Has to be one of the most gorgeous voices ever given to a human being.
Report as inappropriate
The wrong lyrics are posted for Gloy of Love - completely wrong song
Report as inappropriate
Sadly, he was not the only one done in by rock and roll, but he was a wonder example of a beautiful voice at t time when songs had words and sounded nice. You can sing along, hum or whistle and you can sit and tap your feet. Just need a lovely person (female please) to sit with you and hold hands. Good bless. . . .
Report as inappropriate
Damone did have the best pipes in the business & sang so effortlessly . He may have lacked Sinatra's charisma, but not his talent. Great Stuff!
Report as inappropriate
We both went to Lafayette High School in Brooklyn,New York.I still remember him singing in the Auditorium.W h a t cherished memories !!!
Report as inappropriate
If I could just get his daughter to respond to my advances!!
Report as inappropriate
danmatti
On the street where you lives, a classic and enduring song by Damone
Report as inappropriate
mariongttmnn
Great Station with class. Wish you well and if you have time take a peek at our little group of poems: WWW.POETRYPO E M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8

Marion Marshall Guttmann
Report as inappropriate
rlonerga
In 1953, I met him in Stuttgart Germany were he served with my father. He was a very warm person and very accommodatin g . I will always remember all the times I met him at the CrossRoads. Bob Lonergan
Report as inappropriate
RONNIE KLINGSBERG SAYS
HE ATTENDED LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN, JUST AS I DID. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF HIM. LOVE THE VOICE. HE HAS BEEN TO CENTUURY VILLAGE IN PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA, WHERE I LIVE, A FEW TIMES. WE ALL WANT HIM TO RETURN.
Report as inappropriate
VIC IS A DEAR FRIEND AND A MODEST ONE,AS WELL,BUT ONE STORY THAT HE TOLD MODESTLY TO CLOSE FRIENDS IS: HE STOOD OUTSIDE KROCH'S AND BRENTANO'S BOOK STORE IN NEW YORK WITH LINES AROUND THE BLOCK WAITING FOR LUCIANO'S BOOK TO BE PERSONALLY SIGNED BY PAVAROTTI. FOUR HOURS LATER,VIC WAS WITHIN 100 FEET OF LUCIANO.LUCI A N O SAW HIM AND WAIVED VIC FORWARD AHEAD of OTHERS.VIC DECLINED AND WHEN HE EVENTUALLY CAME UP TO HIM,LUCIANO SAID YOU SIGN FOR ME SINCE YOU ARE THE GREATEST AMERICAN VOCALIST EVER!!
Report as inappropriate
When music was really music, Vic Damone had a hand in it. He appeared at the right time to make an inimitable contribution to the best of the best performances ever rendered in good music history. He rode the ups and downs of the business with true ability and always on top. Talent beyond any one else's capability. Jack Verga of Garden City.
Report as inappropriate
I REMEMBER VIC FROM BROOKLYN WHERE MORE GREAT SINGERS COME FROM THEN ANYWHERE ELSE
Report as inappropriate
This guy is incredible, this is a style of music that is alive today in me in spite of the automatism that exists in the success driven world of today.
Report as inappropriate
Totally under-rated. Still the greatest voice and ballad singer of our time.
Report as inappropriate
Really enjoy his voice and song selections. Wish I could hear more of him on Pandora. Even though he began his singing career in the mid 40's after his stint in the U.S.Army, I grew up listening to him because he was one of my Dad's favorite's as well. His smooth, clean voice is one of a kind.
Report as inappropriate
tonianddick
There never will be another voice as rich and smooth as this artists'. I would
love to hear Kismet.
Report as inappropriate
I saw Vic years ago at Resorts Hotel/Casino , in Atlantic City, NJ. I was right up front, too. I couldn't believe this man's voice. I kept yelling out..."Yes, piasano...si n g it!" He never flinched or acknowledged me once during his perfromance. But, when he walked off stage, he looked at me and winked. What a "class act." Wish he was still performing. Take care goombah! And God Bless.
Report as inappropriate
Still #1 on my list!
Report as inappropriate
Ole Blue Eyes had it right: The best "Pipes" in the business. Wonderful phrasing, marvelous tone quality and oh, so listenable. What a treat to still be able to hear him here on Pandora!
Report as inappropriate
jerryruzzo
AGAIN, MY FAVORITE SINGER. SAW VIC IN PERSON AT THE FAYS THEATER IN PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO WHEN HE WAS JUST STARTING OUT. THE GUY IS FANTASTIC. MAKES FRANK SINATRA PALE IN COMPARISON. JERRY RUZZO
Report as inappropriate
gobbetti5
i know vic damone made a recording of ....my balero ....i cannot seem to bring it up in pandora ...could you help ...thanks ...j gobbetti ...my e mail is gobbetti@cox . n e t
Report as inappropriate
I met Damone in an elevator at the TV station WTAR Norfolk, Va. where I was sportscaster . Vic was one heck of a nice, congenial guy and I liked his singing.

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[76, 127, 98, 99, 121, 81, 93, 100, 80, 114, 123, 77, 120, 119, 77, 91, 66, 117, 119, 65, 87, 108, 86, 111, 87, 73, 113, 98, 69, 116, 126, 79, 124, 117, 97, 71, 101, 109, 123, 96, 67, 99, 78, 122, 111, 81, 99, 74, 100, 66, 85, 74, 97, 89, 84, 98, 122, 71, 89, 109, 67, 104, 71, 123, 94, 85, 105, 94, 86, 79, 79, 121, 105, 76, 91, 115, 112, 110, 76, 119, 84, 110, 108, 108, 119, 110, 102, 125, 97, 108, 90, 83, 85, 74, 76, 100, 70, 73, 75, 101, 109, 92, 95, 118, 71, 99, 69, 112, 67, 109, 114, 66, 67, 69, 75, 121, 89, 64, 113, 113, 97, 113, 109, 69, 118, 65, 83, 104, 113, 84, 72, 103, 83, 98, 72, 95, 73, 98, 118, 74, 104, 121, 88, 107, 109, 87, 107, 125, 91, 98, 73, 122, 70, 65, 127, 73, 86, 120, 87, 72, 122, 106, 92, 109, 83, 99, 66, 90, 84, 64, 90, 102, 127, 95, 89, 112, 113, 77, 76, 117, 81, 106, 64, 94, 76, 94, 92, 70, 84, 114, 125, 119, 79, 101, 116, 97, 90, 65, 75, 109, 96, 103, 74, 65, 76, 121, 94, 101, 103, 90, 72, 66, 97, 110, 118, 87, 96, 77, 87, 106, 97, 109, 77, 119, 124, 95, 96, 64, 117, 115, 88, 124, 114, 124, 124, 108, 79, 122, 94, 69, 106, 103, 113, 67, 112, 79, 121, 85, 82, 98, 84, 108, 68, 66, 69, 120, 122, 86, 113, 124, 99, 76, 114, 117, 84, 89, 100, 98, 114, 74, 80, 77, 109, 98, 112, 103, 113, 115, 97, 114, 104, 85, 72, 95, 76, 98, 111, 85, 72, 76, 85, 108, 117, 83, 88, 116, 121, 99, 99, 88, 74, 72, 107, 120, 112, 71, 108, 97, 78, 85, 67, 118, 78, 123, 91, 92, 91, 69, 91, 71, 81, 95, 88, 105, 64, 112, 77, 83, 86, 80, 97, 92, 121, 85, 95, 85, 73, 64, 111, 91, 115, 67, 94, 86, 109, 66, 126, 77, 108, 123, 81, 116, 91, 98, 115, 66, 81, 99, 102, 122, 107, 66, 108, 117, 87, 71, 81, 122, 84, 80, 89, 74, 115, 110, 93, 125, 99, 90, 102, 64, 104, 108, 110, 124, 127, 119, 109, 82, 66, 88, 79, 78, 66, 95, 79, 85, 64, 105, 82, 78, 111, 78, 77, 125, 83, 107, 84, 81, 88, 87, 127, 98, 116, 122, 117, 92, 109, 92, 82, 117, 73, 124, 72, 110, 90, 113, 111, 64, 107, 101, 99, 119, 89, 100, 103, 80, 101, 70, 87, 66, 68, 67, 122, 126, 87, 88, 75, 87, 121, 66, 68, 98, 105, 118, 84, 70, 80, 71, 81, 82, 102, 110, 102, 85, 104, 108, 119, 91, 87, 72, 66, 88, 67, 113, 93, 106, 85, 124, 107, 107, 119, 80, 83, 83, 92, 93, 110, 113, 104, 104, 117, 116, 85, 96, 100, 106, 91, 70, 67, 65, 68, 71, 97, 70, 92, 117, 102, 117, 93, 74, 69, 80]