Midcentury pop crooner Vic Damone has died at the age of 89. He’s pictured here looking every bit the country gentleman in herringbone jacket, tattersall buttondown, vest and pocket square.
And here he is doing the title track from the 1957 Cary Grant film “An Affair To Remember.” — CC
OK, found it: when I was about 11 I discovered my dad’s reel-to-reel tapes. He’d recorded all his 45s he had as a teenager in the late ’50s.
There was one Vic Damone song, this delightfully un-PC tune:
Between this and Bruce’s Marol shirts I’ve been forced to reconsider my position on tattersall.
Unlike Dean Martin and Perry Como, his pronunciation of the letter “r” in “Arrivederci Roma” didn’t make my Italian grandfather grimace.
Some say Vic Damone was the real life crooner depicted in The Godfather, causing the horse’s head to end up in bed with the fellow who angered the wronged connected mobster. Others say another but I cannot remover his name.
My delayed memory kicked in; maybe it was Johnny Rosselli.
‘ An Affair To Remember’ was a remake of ‘Love Affair’ which starred Charles Boyer.
The NY Post today reports his real name was Vito Farinola. Born to Italian immigrants, in Brooklyn, he was 13 years younger than his idol, Sinatra.
His version of Begin the Beguine is a favorite.
As I recall, a close friend of the President of the United States.
Great singer from a great era. RIP.
Married to the very pretty actress, Pier Angeli, twin sister of another very pretty actress, Marisa Pavan. Pier was the first love of James Dean. Dean never recovered from her rejection and stalked their wedding on his motorcycle. Marisa Pavan gained fame for being the wartime lover of Gregory Peck’s character in The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit.