Inspired by his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, Damone began taking
voice lessons. He sang in the choir at St. Finbar’s Church in Bath
Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday Mass. In 1947 he entered the talent
search on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and won, which led to his
becoming a regular on Godfrey’s show. Damone soon met Milton
Berle who got him work at two night clubs and by mid 1947, he had
signed a contract with Mercury Records. His first release, "I Have
But One Heart", reached #7 on the Billboard chart.