Buddy Greco, jazz pianist, vocalist and Las Vegas regular who recorded more than 60 albums and had a hit with a version of The Lady Is a Tramp, has sadly passed away, aged 90.
True to his name, Buddy was a great friend to NYJO, performing with the band several times, most recently at Ronnie Scott’s in 2008.
Gaining his first music industry experience aged four by recording for local radio, Buddy became well know for touring and recording with famed bandleader Benny Goodman, performing on dozens of TV variety shows, and being a popular act at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas. He often sat in with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and collaborated with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, and Lena Horne.
At Columbia Records in 1962, he had a hit with his rendition of Rodgers & Hart’s The Lady is a Tramp, which became his signature tune. A year later, he appeared at The Royal Variety Performance on the same bill as The Beatles and Marlene Dietrich.
Since the release of his first recording in 1946, to his latest release in 2013, Buddy holds the distinction of having the longest recording history of any living recording artist.
Here he is performing with NYJO live at City Hall in Sheffield, 1984.