Italian singer known for his many high-charting novelty releases on Reprise and RCA Records. His song "Dominick the Donkey" has become a mainstay in Latin-American Christmas music.
He had to halt his music career in order to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.
His song "Lazy Mary" has regularly been used during the seventh inning stretch at New York Mets baseball games.
His son Ray has been a drummer for bands like New York Showband.
He performed on some of the most culturally-relevant TV shows of his era, including The Ed Sullivan Show.