Milano died Sunday, three weeks after his lung cancer was diagnosed, said Warren Gradus, who joined the Belmonts in 1963. Milano lived in Massapequa, on Long Island, and died in a hospital, Gradus said.
Dion DiMucci, the lead singer who left the Belmonts in 1960, said on his Facebook page Tuesday, "May he rest in peace and rock on in heaven."
"We'd know it was him coming through the door because we'd hear him singing and skipping up the stairs," Powell said.
Milano is survived by his wife, Lynn, two children and 10 grandchildren.