Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Buddy Greco Dies at 90

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Buddy Greco Dies at 90

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Buddy Greco, a best-selling jazz and pop singer and pianist, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, he was 90.

Greco was born Armando Greco Aug. 14, 1926, in Philadelphia. He started playing the piano at age 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 just 16. He toured the world for four years with Goodman's band, singing, arranging, and playing the piano. After leaving Goodman's band, 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 1 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. …

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