Jazz singer-pianist Buddy Greco dead at 90
Buddy Greco, the popular singer and piano player, famous for his hit ‘The Lady Is a Tramp,’ died Tuesday (Jan.10) in Las Vegas at the age of 90.
It was his friend Barb Donohue to report his death on Facebook and Las Vegas journalist Norm Clark also tweeted about his death writing “Singer Buddy Greco, who toured with Benny Goodman’s orchestra for four years, starting at 16, has died in Las Vegas at age 90. #vegas #music”.
If it’s true that the artist, born Armando Greco, was hired at age 16 to sing on tour with Goodman’s orchestra it is also true he left the band at 20 and returned to singing in nightclubs.
Greco recorded more than 60 albums, but he was never a major headliner on the Strip, working more in the lounges (during their loss-leader heyday) and smaller clubs around the country. Among his popular pop, jazz and country songs were “Oh Look A-there,” “Ain’t She Pretty,” “Up, Up and Away” and “Around the World.”
He is survived by his wife, Lezlie Anders, who often performed with him, and several children from previous marriages.