Holiday Joy from Friendships

It is Christmas Eve and time to be grateful for all of the good things we have. One of those things is friendship. Singer and actor Vic Damone, whose career started in 1947 and was very active in the 1960s, was friends with a songwriter and musician named Tony Romano. Romano might be best remembered as a musician who performed with Bob Hope in USO shows during World War II. Romano composed many songs but one is a holiday tribute to San Francisco.

Damone performed in the Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco for three weeks in 1963. One celebrity friend who attended a performance was actress and singer Judy Garland. In 1989, Damone was back at the Venetian Room and his live performance was recorded. That show became the album, “The Best of Vic Damone Live.” Romano’s San Francisco song is on that album. Enjoy:

Damone is retired and he is now 86 years old. To keep up with his news, you can check two pages devoted to his talent on Facebook.

Another favorite example of friendship was presented to us this year. It has been viewed more than 6 million times, but it’s worth another view:

While Vic Damone was recording his album in San Francisco in 1989, Animal Place was being created in Grass Valley, California. I met the founder, Kim Sturla, when she was director of the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo County. With the help of friends, Kim made her dream of creating a sanctuary for farm animals come true. And Jellybean and Mr. G are just two animal friends that have their forever home there. If you want to celebrate friendship, consider making a donation to Animal Place. Here is more info:

Wishing you a joyful holiday,