Armando “Buddy” Greco
August 14, 1926 – January 10, 2017
Buddy Greco was a popular jazz and traditional pop singer and pianist who first found fame during the 1960s. Born in Philadelphia, Greco began learning to play the piano at the age of four. Within just a few years, he was singing on local radio, and began performing on stage during his teen years. At just 16, Greco was hired by Benny Goodman who took him on the road. He spent the next four years singing, playing the piano, and arranging music in Goodman’s Orchestra. Greco signed to Columbia Records during the early ‘6os and went on to release numerous hit singles including “The Lady Is A Tramp,” which alone, sold over 1 million copies. Throughout his career – which spanned more than 80 years, and up until his death – he recorded over 60 albums, appeared on television countless times, and toured the world over. Closer to home, Greco was one of Las Vegas’ most popular draws for many years and eventually opened his own club in Palm Springs where you could likely see a celebrity or two before he closed it in 2009 to move to England. Buddy Greco was 90 years old when he passed away on January 10, 2017.
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