Damone launched his career in 1947, when he was 18 years old, after winning first prize on the "Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts" radio show. His win ensured he became a regular on Godfrey's show, according to his biography from the Hollywood Walk of Fame
, and by mid-1947 he had signed a contract with Mercury Records.
He recorded more than 2,500 songs, according to Fox News
Damone still drew crowds in nightclubs and concerts into his 70s, before illness prompted his retirement to Palm Beach, Florida, with his fifth wife, fashion designer Rena Rowan.
Damone appeared in several MGM musicals and he was originally cast in "The Godfather," but the role of a budding singer seeking mob help in a Hollywood career eventually went to Al Martino.He wrote in his memoir, "Singing Was the Easy Part,"
that he never considered himself a showman like Milton Berle or Sammy Davis Jr.
"I ... did not feel comfortable with what show business expected of me," Damone wrote. "I was not given a special talent as a show person. I'm thinking of people like Milton Berle, or Sammy Davis or Jerry Lewis ... all consummate showmen. I never thought of myself that way. That wasn't my particular gift. My gift was singing."
Damone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was honored in 1997 with a Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.