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Vic Damone, renowned American crooner, dies aged 89

Vic Damone, the postwar crooner whose intimate, rhapsodic voice captivated bobby soxers, middle-age dreamers and silver-haired romantics in a five-decade medley of America's love songs and popular standards, died on Sunday, 11 February 2018 in Miami Beach. He was 89. Vic Damone (June 12, 1928 – February 11, 2018) was an American traditional pop and big band singer, actor, radio and television presenter, and entertainer who is best known for his performances of songs such as "You're Breaking My Heart" (a number one hit), the number four hit "On the Street Where You Live" (from My Fair Lady), and "My Heart Cries for You". WIKIPEDIA

Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89

Dorothy Jacqueline Keely (March 9, 1928 – December 16, 2017), known as Keely Smith, was a Grammy Award-winning American jazz and popular music singer, who performed and recorded extensively in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima, and throughout the 1960s as a solo artist.


R.I.P. Della Reese, singer and star of Touched By An Angel ...was 86

Della Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early; July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017) was an American nightclub, jazz, gospel, and pop singer; film and television actress; one-time talk-show hostess; and ordained minister, whose career spanned six decades. She also appeared as a guest on several talk shows and as a panelist on numerous game shows. Reese's long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s, she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. She also starred in films beginning in 1975, including playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). She achieved continuing success in the television religious supernatural drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which Reese played the leading role of Tess. Reese was discovered by the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and her big break came when she won a contest, which gave her a week to sing at Detroit's well-known Flame Show Bar. Reese remained there for eight weeks. Although her roots were in gospel music, she now was being exposed to and influenced by such famous jazz artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. In 1953, she signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which she recorded six albums. Later that year, she also joined the Hawkins Orchestra. Her first recordings for Jubilee were songs such as "In the Still of the Night" (originally published in 1937), "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and "Time After Time" (1947). The songs were later included on the album And That Reminds Me (1959).

Songwriter Joe Sherman died March 17, 2017

Composer, pianist, arranger, music publisher, music director died at Peconic Bay Hospital on March 17, 2017. He was a graduate of Julliard - Among the standards that Sherman composed, often with his brother, lyricist Noel Sherman, are "To the Ends of the Earth and "Eso Beso" for Paul Anka. His brother predeceased him in 1972. Joe had already built an outstanding reputation as a songwriter, having written such hits as “Rambling Rose” and “Sunday, That Summer” for Nat “King” Cole, and “Graduation Day . Co wrote with his Noel Sherman, lyricist and nightclub producer (1930 – New York City, June 4, 1972).

Elena Angela Verdugo (April 20, 1925 – May 30, 2017) was an American singer and actress

Elena Angela Verdugo (April 20, 1925 – May 30, 2017) began in films at the age of five in Cavalier of the West (1931). Her career in radio, television, and film spanned six decades. Marcus Welby, MD's Elena Verdugo aka Consuelo Lopez Gone At 92.


  The famous Latin number "Tico Tico" was recorded by Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. The vocal was handled by the actress Elena Verdugo - who appeared in many "B" films, but is probably best remembered for her TV role with Robert Young in "Marcus Welby M.D." Elena had a brief singing career with Cugat in the early 1940s - but stuck with acting as opposed to singing. Conducted by Xavier Cugat.

Al Jarreau, Singer, Dies at 76

Alwin Lopez Jarreau was born in Milwaukee on March 12, 1940, into a musical family. His father, a minister, was a fine singer; his mother played the piano in church. Young Al began singing at 4, harmonizing with his siblings. As a youth he sang in church, as well as with street-corner harmony groups and local jazz bands. NY TIMES OBIT

Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017), better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World". WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Watch the official video for "We're In This Love Together" from seven-time Grammy Award winning American vocalist, Al Jarreau.

Armando "Buddy" Greco (August 14, 1926 – January 10, 2017) was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist.

Buddy Greco was born Armando Greco in Philadelphia. His mother introduced him to piano at the age of four. At an early age he was singing and performing on radio and, during his teens, in Philadelphia clubs. When he was 16, he was hired by Benny Goodman and toured worldwide. He spent four years with Goodman's orchestra, singing, playing piano, and arranging. WIKIPEDIA Greco died on January 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 90 VIDEO: Few can match the lifelong extraordinary talent of Buddy Greco. His peers have called him a singer's singer and a musician's musician. He has been internationally recognized year after year as one of the top Jazz pianists and vocalists of our time. He has appeared on every major television show and venue in the United States and throughout the world.

He began playing the piano at the age of four. As a child radio personality and gifted pianist he was a performing veteran by the age of 18 when he recorded his first hit 'Oh Look At Her Ain't She Pretty'. It was enough to interest Benny Goodman. Buddy accepted Benny Goodman's offer of a job as pianist, singer/arranger, and traveled the world with the Benny Goodman Band for two years. 
Since then, Buddy has sold millions of records and received gold records for hits such as 'The Lady Is A Tramp', and 'Around The World'. He enjoys rare distinction of having made 65 albums and 100 singles ranging in style from Jazz to Country/Western and Pop music. 

To date, Buddy's particular favourite album is the one he made with the London Symphony Orchestra, which he arranged, conducted and played piano. 'Mac Arthur Park' dedicated to Buddy by it's composer, Jimmy Webb is Buddy's favourite composition and it is his symphonic instrumental which closes each of his shows. 

Buddy has been honoured by his hometown and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's 'Walk Of Fame'. He has also gained acclaim for his musicianship and talent in the 'Encyclopedia of Great Jazz Singers and Musicians'. 
Sixty years after he worked for Benny Goodman at the London Palladium and forty years after a Royal Command Performance with The Beatles for the Queen of England, he is still in great demand. He recently concluded a tour that took him to 72 cities performing 72 unforgettable shows, which drew standing ovations to capacity crowds. 

He has produced, with his wife of 15 years, vocalist, Lezlie Anders, a stage show entitled 'FEVER! The Music of Miss Peggy Lee', which has met with critical acclaim, and opens in London's West End in the spring of 2010.