Singing Was the Easy Part

Singing Was the Easy Part

by Vic Damone, David Chanoff
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Singing Was the Easy Part by Vic Damone, David Chanoff

Vic Damone is one of the enduring legends of American pop music. His early days were spent as an usher who longed to take the stage at New York City's legendary Paramount Theater. On August 30, 1947, he got his wish when his first hit "I Have But One Heart" reached #7 on the Billboard Chart. Befriended by Frank Sinatra and encouraged by legends like Perry Como and Tommy Dorsey, Damone had one of the greatest voices ever recorded covering such Lerner and Loewe classics as "On the Street Where You Live" and "Gigi" while making other numbers, like "You Do", his own.

In "Singing Was the Easy Part", Damone tells the whole story of his life – and what a life it's been! A mob boss tried to throw him out the window of the Edison Hotel in New York City when he broke off an engagement to the boss's daughter. He was married to a string of glamorous women including the beautiful Anna Pierangeli and the tempestuous Diahann Carroll. When he got to Hollywood, Judy Garland gave him his first screen test, he got drunk for the first time with Ava Gardner at Chasens and he went golfing regularly with George Burns and Jack Benny. Oh yeah, there's also the story about how he took a nude chorus girl into the steam room of the Sands Hotel where Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin were relaxing between shows. All that - and much more - makes "Singing Was the Easy Part" a rollicking star-studded memoir from the great Vic Damone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312570262
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 857,607
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

With seven gold records and innumerable hits, Vic Damone was one of the greatest expositors of the American Songbook. Frank Sinatra said he had "the best pipes in the business." Luciano Pavarotti called him simply "The Voice."

David Chanoff has written on foreign policy, education, literary history, and other subjects for such publications as the New York Times, The American Scholar, and The Washington Post. His sixteen books include collaborations with former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, former surgeon general Joycelyn Elders, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff William Crowe.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Singing Was the Easy Part is an EXCELLENT autobiography by one of our best singers ever!!! This was one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. Especially for those who followed Vic's long career. Reading it made me see that Vic is a genuine and good person. He was in the business where there are many vultures but he came through it alive and well.
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I enjoyed the collection of his stories, I just couldn't put the book down. I'm glad in the end he found his love. I'm looking forward to her book too.