So, for years, I have argued that Sinatra fans shouldn't be upset by the mob stories surrounding Frank because those stories privilege him in a way since they are attached only to him and not to any of his contemporaries who were singing in the same clubs run by the same mobsters.
I would then add to drive the point home:
"As great a singer as he is, there are no great Vic Damone stories."
Well, I'm about to find out how true that is...having just checked out of the Newington Library, Mr. Damone's memoir, Singing Was The Easy Part (St. Martin's, 2009).
(One potentially bad omen: According to the acknowledgements page, Vic met his co-author, David Chanoff, when he was working on a book with Vic's wife, Rena. Who was the last star who wrote a book after the non-celebrity spouse...much less used the same co-writer?)