Buddy Greco, jazz pop singer and pianist, has died at the age of 90.
Buddy Greco was born Armando Greco in Philadelphia August 14, 1926. He started playing the piano at the age of 4 and he was performing on the radio and in clubs at an early age.
Jazz legend Benny Goodman hired Greco to sing in his band when he was 16 years old. He joined Benny Goodman in 1948 as pianist-vocalist and did some arranging for the band. After leaving Goodman, he headlined clubs and began his recording career.
Greco recorded hit songs in a variety of genres including jazz, pop and country music. His biggest song was his version of the standard “The Lady Is a Tramp,” which sold over one million copies. His other hit songs included “Up, Up and Away.” He recorded over 60 albums during his career. He played on a bill in the 1960s with the Beatles.
In the 1960s, he branched out and acted in television shows and movies. He appeared many times on the TV show “Away We Go” and was in the movie “The Girl Who Knew Too Much.”
He was a member of the Rat Pack and appeared with them on stage and television. His many celebrity friends included Peggy Lee and Marilyn Monroe. Buddy was a legend in Las Vegas who headlined shows at classic strip hotels including the Desert Inn.
Buddy spent much time in England and was a popular performer there. In 2013, he celebrated his 80thyear in show business with a concert in England that featured such artists as Paul Young and Michele Collins.
Greco was married five times and was married to Lezlie Anders at the time of his passing. They often performed on stage together.
Buddy with the Goodman band 1949