Vito Rocco Farinola, 12 June 1928, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. A romantic balladeer with a strong, smooth baritone voice, Damone took singing lessons while working as an usher and elevator operator at New Yorks Paramount Theater. After appearing with Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts, he sang at La Martinique Club, a venue known as a nursery for young vocalists. When he started recording for Mercury Records in 1947, his first chart successes included I Have But One Heart, You Do and Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart (with Patti Page). In 1949 he had two million-sellers: Again, from the Ida Lupino movie Roadhouse; and Youre Breaking My Heart. In the late 40s Damone also had his own CBS radio show, Saturday Night Serenade. Until he signed with Columbia Records he was a competent singer, but in reality he was merely a Frank Sinatra copyist. That Towering Feeling! in 1956 was a...
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