This past week Bruce read two biographies, one by Vic Damone and the other by Andy Williams. Andy has the Moon River Theater near us in Branson, MO and will be performing this fall and Christmas season. He still has a strong voice, always sings his old popular hits, tells funny stories, and packs the house every show. Across the street from the Moon River Theater is Andy's Grill, naturally called Moon River Grill. The deco is quite upscale..I love it.
Vic Damone retired several years ago. His book was really a page turner, Bruce and I both read it in one sitting in a few hours. He started singing as a young boy because his mother made him practice. His talent was remarkable, even as a youngster he was singing for a few dollars here and there. He credits Frank Sinatra for getting him a start in as a professional. They remained best friends. When Bruce was just a teenager his family drove through New York City doing a bit of sightseeing on their way to West Point. Vic Damone name was on a marquee, all lit up in neon. Bruce has never forgotten how magical that was to a country boy from Missouri.
Moon River and Me: A Memoir
Singing Was the Easy Part