Singer and pianist who was the consummate club and saloon performer
Richard Rodgers’ and Lorenz Hart’s 1937 composition The Lady Is a Tramp has been performed by many singers, but the most widely known version is the 1960 recording by Buddy Greco, who has died aged 90. It encapsulated Greco’s jazz-inflected, finger-snapping, wisecracking, dynamic vocal style and went on to sell more than a million copies.
He was born Armando Greco in Philadelphia into a musical Italian-American family. His father was variously a record store owner, a radio show host and an opera critic, and his mother a musician. Armando took up the piano at the age of four in 1930, when he also made his radio debut as a singer. The family could pay for tuition but did not own a piano. He told an interviewer that after each lesson he would “run home and practise on a cut-out of a piano keyboard my father found on the cover of a magazine. I would play this keyboard and actually hear the notes in my head.” Read more at The Guardian…
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