Vic Damone- The Liveliest

This was $4 and contained a lot of songs that I really like.  The last part of last year, I lamented at the fact that I had done most of this blog’s posts ahead of time and was therefore unable to keep content timely (or perhaps more accurately, unable to incorporate more current events into blog posts).  Part of my was looking forward to breaking this trend in 2018.  However, as of today, I have written all of January’s posts during the New Years Eve weekend.  Also, this year’s posts have been rather short and too the point .  I mean how much more simple can I put it  than an album being good? Well, I am mixed on both these fronts , but then I remember the point of this blog was to let the music do the talking.  Maybe as the year progresses, I can find a happy medium.

So here is this, a live album from crooner Vic Damone.  Damone, born in Brooklyn in 1928, was a multi-faceted entertainer in the same vein of Frank Sinatra.  He transitioned from bug band crooning to pop singing to TV to Vegas.  A stroke in 2002 led to his retirement from the stage, but he reappeared in 2011, mainly because his grandkids had never see their grandpa perform.  Damone is still alive today.

This record, recorded live at Basin Street East, was released by Capitol Records i 1963.  Basin Street East was a popular venue in New York that produced live recordings from Peggy Lee, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, and Trini Lopez among others.  Pretty decent little album which combines popular numbers with on stage banter.  Highlights include ” What Kind Of Fool Am I”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and everybody’s crooner classic, ” I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

But I bought this record for one of my favorite numbers, which was a #4 hit for Damone; from My Fair Lady , ” The Street Where You Live”.  For the record, Damone does an excellent version.


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