Vic Damone was born Vito Rocco Farinola in Brooklyn, New York. He entered the
talent search on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and won in April 1947. This led to
his becoming a regular on Godfrey’s show. He met Milton Berle at the studio and
Berle got him work at two night clubs. By mid 1947, Damone had signed a contract
with Mercury Records. His first release, "I Have But One Heart", reached #7 on the Billboard chart.