Bahai News - E.T. Ray of Ogden, Utah, asks, 'Whatever happened
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999
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E.T. Ray of Ogden, Utah, asks, 'Whatever happened to...?
Singer Vic Damone
Joshua S. Burek
Vic Damone first wowed audiences in 1947. Damone was a high school
dropout supporting his family when he gave an impromptu performance for
Perry Como in an elevator.
"My mom thinks I can sing," he told Como. "Would you listen and tell
me if I have talent?"
Como's encouragement inspired Damone to enter a talent search where
he was discovered by Milton Berle. He produced a string of hit singles
including "I Have But One Heart" and "On the Street Where You Live," and
starred in the MGM musical "Rich, Young and Pretty," among others. But
Damone filed for bankruptcy in 1971.
After years of performing in Las Vegas, Damone is back in the national
spotlight. Roy Hemming and David Hajdu, authors of "Discovering Great
Singers of Classic Pop," claim that Damone's "best performances are
unquestionably his work today." Damone credits his enduring talent to a
spiritual renewal he found through the Bahai faith.
Today he has a busy tour schedule and several recent "Best of ..."
CDs. Damone returned to Lafayette High School in 1997 to collect his
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