11 Facts About Vic Damone

1. In 2014, Vic Damone received the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook's first Legend Award in recognition of those who have made a significant contribution to the genre.

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2. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had "the best set of pipes in the business".

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3. In 1997, Vic Damone received his high school diploma from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn when officials with the school granted credits for life experience and asked him to give the commencement address—advising students to "Have spiritual guidance.

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4. In December 2, 2011, at the age of 83, Vic Damone launched an official Facebook profile dedicated to his fans.

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5. In 2010, Vic Damone called Canadian crooner Michael Buble talented but "cocky" and criticized him for smoking and drinking "straight alcohol" after a show, believing that it would damage his vocal cords.

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6. In 1971, Vic Damone started playing Las Vegas casinos as a performer, and although he had to declare bankruptcy in the early 1970s, he earned enough as a casino performer to clear up his financial difficulties.

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7. In 1967, Vic Damone hosted The Dean Martin Summer Show, which was rerun in 1971.

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8. In the summers of 1962 and 1963, Vic Damone hosted a television variety series on NBC called The Lively Ones, which showcased current jazz, pop, and folk performers, as well as comedians.

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9. In 1955, Vic Damone had one song on the charts, "Por Favor", which did not make it above number 73.

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10. In 1951, Vic Damone appeared in two movies, The Strip, where he played himself, and Rich, Young and Pretty.

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11. When his father was injured at work, Vic Damone had to drop out of high school.

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