On The Street Where You Live

Album: Little Girl The Very Best Of Vic Damone (1956)
Charted: 1 4

Songfacts®:

  • Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote this for the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. The song was almost cut after a preview in New Haven, Connecticut where it did nor register with the audiences as the singer was a minor character who had not been properly introduced. Lerner added some dialogue to introduce Freddie Eynsford-Hill as a possible threat to Professor Higgins, thus reminding who the character singing the song was and the song became a show-stopper.
  • Vic Damone recorded the most successful version of this around the time the show opened. In 1964, anticipating the film release of My Fair Lady, Andy Williams released his version, which reached #28 in the US. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.legacy.com/ {02-12-2018}...
    MIAMI (AP) — Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business," has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter said.
    Victoria Damone told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her father died Sunday, February 11th, 2018, at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness.
    Damone's easy-listening romantic ballads brought him million-selling records and sustained a half-century career in recordings, movies and nightclub, concert and television appearances.
    After winning a tie on the radio show "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Hunt," Damone's career began climbing. His hit singles included "Again," ''You're Breaking My Heart," ''My Heart Cries for You," ''On the Street Where You Live" and, in 1957, the title song of the Cary Grant film "An Affair to Remember."
    Damone's style as a lounge singer remained constant through the years: straightforward, concentrated on melody and lyrics without resorting to vocal gimmicks. Like many young singers of his era, his idol was Sinatra.
    "I tried to mimic him," Damone said in a 1992 interview with Newsday. "I decided that if I could sound like Frank maybe I did have a chance. I was singing his words, breathing his breaths, (doing) his interpretation, with the high notes, the synergy."
    Sinatra and Damone, along with Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dean Martin and others — comprised a group of Italian Americans who dominated the postwar pop music field. Far from resenting the mimicry, Sinatra praised Damone's singing ability.
    Damone still drew crowds in nightclubs and concerts into his 70s, before illness prompted his retirement to Palm Beach 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.
    "That wasn't my particular gift," he wrote. "My gift was singing."
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 6th 1964, "On the Street Where You Live" by Andy Williams entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #66; and on October 11th, 1966 it peaked at #28 {for 2 weeks} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    In 1956, besides Vic Damone, two other covered versions of the song made the Top 100 chart; Eddie Fisher {#18} and Lawrence Welk featuring Larry Deane on vocal {#96}...
    R.I.P. Mr. Williams {1927 - 2012}, Mr. Fisher {1928 - 2010}, Mr. Welk {1903 - 1992}, and Vic Damone, born Vito Rocco Farinola, celebrated his 86th birthday three months ago on June 12th {2014}.
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaVic Damone was popular back in the day. Now, he's best rembered for his failed marriages to Diahann Carroll and Pier Angeli (who was the great love of James Dean's life).
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyIn the 1964 film, Freddie Eynsford-Hill was played by a very young, as-yet unknown Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes).
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhI am surprised that this only made #4 in the charts. It was _everywhere_ in 1956, and long thereafter.

    Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the best pipes in the business.
  • Rich from Elkins, WvBrenden Fraser's character makes reference to this song in the movie "Blast From the Past".
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."

Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star RidersSongwriter Interviews

Writing with Phil Lynott, Scott saw their ill-fated frontman move to a darker place in his life and lyrics.

Victoria WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

Despite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.

KissFact or Fiction

Kiss is the subject of many outlandish rumors - some of which happen to be true. See if you can spot the fakes.