Legendary crooner Vic Damone passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, his family tells Fox News.
Damone starred in several television series, including “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC, and hit movies including “Kismet” and “Rich, Young and Pretty,” but the singer did not consider himself a true crossover star.
Best known for hits “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street W You Live,” with over 2,500 recordings under his belt, Damone was part of the golden age of lounge singers who came to fame after World War II, including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Perry Como.
Fate intervened for Damone again in the summer of 1946, when Sinatra was playing poker at a friend’s Manhattan apartment, and one of Sinatra’s classics, “Night and Day,” came on the radio.
Sinatra was astounded when the singer turned out to be Damone, live in the studio.
Sinatra phoned the radio station and told Damone: “This is Frank Sinatra, and I want you to stop singing my songs.”