is career spanned over five decades. Fans wish he would have gone on forever. But last week crooner Vic Damone - the guy Sinatra said had the best pipes in the business - performed his final engagement at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He retired with class and style performing before his wife, four children, daughter and son-in-laws, grandkids and a packed house of friends and fans.
Along the way Damone - born Vito Farinola - acquired a string of hit records, and spent decades as a Vegas mainstay.
Millions of fans worshipped him and Damone enjoyed the perks of celebrity.
He once paid a Las Vegas showgirl to run naked through the men's steamroom. Damone and his buddies were in the steambath when the well endowed lady arrived on schedule and began her trot. While the guys grabbed for towels Dean Martin calmly eyed the situation - watching the lady's every move. Martin simply nodded his head approvingly saying Lovely ... lovely.
Vic, the guy critics dubbed a 1940s Sinatra with a touch of Torme', suffered a mild stroke last June, which interrupted a scheduled final concert tour. Deciding to focus his attention on his wife, designer Rena Rowan-Damone, whom Vic credits with saving his life during the stroke, his four children and grandchildren, the handsome singer fought back tears as he took his final onstage bow to an audience that jumped to their feet applauding his performance and career.