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By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Frank Sinatra once praised Vic Damone (June 12, 1928-February 11, 2018) as having "the best pipes in the business." With his mellow baritone, the crooner's easy-listening romantic ballads brought him million-selling records and sustained a half-century career in recordings, movies and nightclub, concert and television appearances.
After winning a tie on the radio show "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Hunt," Damone's career began climbing. His hit singles included "Again," ''You're Breaking My Heart," ''My Heart Cries for You," ''On the Street Where You Live" and, in 1957, the title song of the Cary Grant film "An Affair to Remember."
Excerpt: "You're Breaking My Heart"
In addition to recording the theme songs of films, Damone also appeared in movies such as "Rich, Young and Pretty," "Kismet," "Hit the Deck," "Deep in My Heart," "Athena," and "Hell to Eternity."
Damone's style as a lounge singer remained constant through the years: straightforward, concentrated on melody and lyrics without resorting to vocal gimmicks. He wrote in his memoir, "Singing Was the Easy Part," that he never considered himself a showman like Milton Berle or Sammy Davis Jr.
"That wasn't my particular gift," he wrote. "My gift was singing."