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Singing Was the Easy Part

Vic Damone with David Chanoff; Foreword by Larry King

St. Martin's Press

Born Vito Farinola in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1928, Vic worked as an usher at the fabled Paramount Theatre before realizing a dream by shooting to the top of the Billboard Chart in 1947 with his first hit “I Have But One Heart.” He was mentored by everyone from Perry Como to Tommy Dorsey. Frank Sinatra praised his voice and became a friend for life, giving him advice on singing and women. Damone had one of the most successful careers ever had by an American pop singer and one of the most glamorous and exciting lives of any guy who lived while the Ratpack reigned.

• He was almost thrown out of the window of a New York City hotel by a mobster.
• He dated Ava Gardner, who got him drunk for the first time.
• He married glamorous Italian actress Ana Maria Pierangeli and later, Diahann Carroll.
• He appeared at the Sands Hotel during the glory days of Vegas and once took a nude chorus girl into the steam room where the Ratpack was relaxing.

In Singing Was the Easy Part, he talks frankly about his bankruptcy, his many marriages and his belief in God. It’s a warm, funny, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s greatest pop singers.


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Chapter One

Stardust on His Shoulders

I’ve had a couple of angels in my life. One was Frank Sinatra, who was my idol when I was a teenager just learning how to sing and was my friend from the moment he forgave me in Madison Square Garden for the disrespect I showed him not once but twice in an embarrassing case of mistaken identity. Frank saved my life once, but I’ll tell you about that later. First I want to tell you how we met. That’s probably as good a place as any to begin my story, since it happened in Brooklyn, where I’m from. Brooklyn, as in Bensonhurst,
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“A crooner’s breezy memoir…Damone looks back at his life and career, recalling his Depression-era Brooklyn boyhood and his vertiginous trajectory up the pop charts and into the inner circle of the Rat Pack...he offers tales of vengeful mobsters, celebrity heartbreak and carousing in Las Vegas at the height of its glamour…A forthright, compelling look at a vanished, glittering era of show business.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A crooner’s breezy memoir…Damone looks back at his life and career, recalling his Depression-era Brooklyn boyhood and his vertiginous trajectory up the pop charts and into the inner circle of the Rat Pack...he offers tales of vengeful mobsters, celebrity heartbreak and carousing in Las Vegas at the height of its glamour…A forthright, compelling look at a vanished, glittering era of show business.” – Kirkus Reviews

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  • Vic Damone with David Chanoff; Foreword by Larry King

  • VIC DAMONE was one of the greatest crooners in the American songbook for over sixty years.

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Singing Was the Easy Part

Vic Damone with David Chanoff; Foreword by Larry King

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