Monday, February 12, 2018

Legendary singer Vic Damone dies at age 89

Legendary singer Vic Damone dies at age 89



As my Russian relatives will inevitably point out to me, the musical Kismet (above) is almost completely based on ("ripped off from") the Polovetsian Dances ("Половецкие пляски") of Borodin, as finished by Rimsky-Korsakov after Borodin's untimely demise at 54 of a snapped neck. Like most Russians, he just kept wearing larger and larger hats until his head could no longer bear the weight. (OK, you got me. I don't have any idea how he really died.)

And oh, those Polovetsians! Sure they were lawless and merciless nomadic warriors who terrorized the Eurasian plains in the 12th century, but with those delicate musical strains, they could just dance their way into your hearts! They'd chop off your head while their horses stomped your infant, but they loved those tender melodies!

Of course the Russians I know claim that their country invented pretty much everything from physics to frosted pop-tarts, but in this case they are right.

Anyway, RIP Vic Damone.

4 comments:

  1. That's a shame. He had one of the great voices.

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  2. Rimsky-Korsakov died of angina per wiki.

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    1. My bad. Borodin died suddenly after collapsing at a ball in St. Petersburg, after suffering from protracted bad health after having cholera and a series of small heart attacks.

      He was also a pioneering chemist, and given the state of Russia's OSHA compliance in the 1800s, I have to wonder if that might have been a factor.

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    2. Given the almost incredible circumstances of his childhood, the achievements of his life were astounding. He was a true polymath. If I remember right he was about 30 before he took any scholarly interest in music, but easily mastered the intricacies of composition.

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