Perry Como

Male Singer
Born May 18, 1912

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C. ", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on May 18, 1912.


1929 17 Years Old In 1929, the 17-year-old Como met Roselle Belline at a picnic on Chartiers Creek that attracted many young people from the Canonsburg area. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old In 1932, Como left Canonsburg, moving about 100 miles away to Meadville, Pennsylvania, where his uncle had a barber shop in the Hotel Conneaut. … Read More
1933 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The teenage sweethearts were married July 31, 1933. … Read More
1936 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Como and Weems met in 1936 while the Carlone orchestra was playing in Warren, Ohio. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old By the time Como had been with Ted Weems about a year, he was mentioned in a 1937 Life magazine NBC Radio ad for Fibber McGee and Molly as "causing cardiac flutters with his crooning."
1940 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The weekly radio show, Beat the Band, which ran on NBC from 1940 - 1944, was a "stump the band" type musical quiz show where Weems and his orchestra were the featured band from 1940 - 1941.


1942 30 Years Old In late 1942, Como made the decision to quit the Weems band, even if it meant giving up singing. … Read More
1943 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Rockwell's next move was to book Como into the renowned Copacabana Night Club for two weeks beginning on June 10, 1943. … Read More
1944 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 11, 1944, he moved from CBS to NBC for a new radio program, Chesterfield Supper Club. … Read More
1948 - 1949 2 More Events
1950 38 Years Old In 1950, Perry moved to CBS and the show's title was changed to The Perry Como Chesterfield Show, again sponsored by Liggett & Myers' Chesterfield cigarettes. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old Como's 15-minute television show was also simulcast on radio via the Mutual Broadcasting System beginning on August 24, 1953; while the Chesterfield Supper Club broadcasts were simulcast on radio and television, this was the first instance of a simulcast between two networks.
Como's CBS contract was to expire on July 1, 1955. … Read More
1956 44 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 15, 1956, the season premiere of The Perry Como Show was broadcast from NBC's new color television studios at the New York Ziegfeld Theatre, making it one of the first weekly color TV shows. … Read More
1958 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, the Comos celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with a family trip to Italy. … Read More
1959 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Como moved to Wednesday nights, hosting Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall weekly for the next eight years; the last four seasons from 1963 to 1967 were done as monthly specials alternating with Kraft Suspense Theatre, The Andy Williams Show, and finally The Road West. … Read More


1962 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1962, after the Cuban Missile Crisis had settled well enough to permit the evacuated servicemen's families to return to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was eager to do more for morale there. … Read More
1967 55 Years Old Beginning in 1967, Como began reducing his TV appearances, gradually becoming limited to seasonal and holiday specials with the emphasis being on Christmas. … Read More
1970 58 Years Old Como had not made a night club appearance in 26 years when he accepted an engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in June 1970, which also resulted in his first "live" album, Perry Como in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.


1977 - 1987 3 More Events
1994 82 Years Old Como's final Christmas special was filmed in January 1994 in Dublin's Point Theatre before an audience of 4,500 people, including Irish President Mary Robinson and Como's friend, the actress Maureen O'Hara. … Read More
1999 87 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Como's older son, Ronnie, and his daughter, Terri, could not agree on their interpretations of Como's 1999 living will and it became a matter for the courts in the year before his death. … Read More
2001 89 Years Old 1 More Event
Gary Giddins, the biographer of Bing Crosby, said in 2001, "He (Como) came from this whole generation of crooners--Crosby and Sinatra, but he was the only one of them who figured out TV."
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