Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

Jazz singer and pianist Buddy Greco has passed away at the age of 90, Tuesday, at his home in Nevada.

Family friend Barb Donohue announced his passing on Facebook, with a post reading:

“It is with extreme sadness that I am writing this. Buddy Greco, a dear friend, an incredible entertainer and the fifth member of the ‘Rat Pack’ passed away this morning at 6:45am. Of course, his beautiful wife Lezlie is devastated…

As of this time, there will be no memorial service. On August 13th, 2016, we had a HUGE birthday party to celebrate Buddy’s 90th birthday and that is what Lezlie wants everyone to remember… The man with the magic fingers and the smooth, sexy voice.”

Greco’s career kicked off in the 1950’s, when he was in his 20s, with hits like “Around the World,” and “The Lady Is a Tramp”, which went on to sell over one million copies.

By the 60’s, he was on the big screen, with a role in The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

Further to his achievements, Greco conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, toured with big bang leader Benny Goodman, sat in with the Rat Pack and performed for Queen Elizabeth II and with the Beatles.

More recently, Greco was inducted into Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame, and in 2015, into the Las Vegas Entertainment Hall of Fame.

He celebrated his 90th birthday at the Italian American Club last August.

He is survived by his wife, Lezlie Anders and seven children.