Perry Como

American male singer Perry Como

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.
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Birthday
18 May 1912
Deceased
12 May 2001

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Stars on the Links - Palm Springs Life
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By the time Colgate teamed up with Dinah Shore to bring LPGA golf to the desert in 1972, there was a celebrity golf circuit emerging from Bob Hope Classic regulars: Dean Martin, Gordon McRae, Perry Como, Jack Lemmon, Andy Williams, Jackie Gleason,
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Gerard Kenny set for Lichfield Garrick performance - Lichfield Live
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Famed for hits such as New York, New York, I Could Be So Good For You and I Made It Through The Rain, Gerard has seen his music covered by the likes of Barry Manilow, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, Sacha Distel, James Last, Jack Jones and
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Alzheimer's disease diagnosis need not be hopeless - The Tennessean
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This week, Pat Summitt joined the ranks of Glen Campbell, Ronald Reagan, Perry Como, Rita Hayworth and other public figures, but a high quality of life is possible with an early diagnosis. Alzheimer's is a progressive, terminal illness, and it is not a
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Baltimore Left Mark on Legendary Songwriter Jerry Leiber - Patch.com
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The pop music charts were still dominated by bland Perry Como and Patti Page. But Leiber heard the sounds of early rhythm and blues—and it electrified him. “I was the only white boy that delivered to the black families in the neighborhood,” he
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Fifties Fair turns back time at Rose Seidler House - Cumberland Courier Newspapers
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“I've seen (photos of) Perry Como years ago wearing a very similar outfit,” he said. “It's a Buddy Holly kind of style as well.” A swing dancer who has performed at the fair in previous years, Mr Miles, 22, said he thought numbers were down this year
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Jeanne Arland Peterson: A jazz genie - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Google News - over 6 years
Performances with jazz stars George Benson, Sonny Stitt and Roy Eldridge, and entertainers Bob Hope, Perry Como and Red Skelton. Six albums in print (2009's "88 Grand" is her most recent, and it is grand). As she prepared for her 90th birthday concert
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Decrepit Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood overstays its welcome - Chicago Sun-Times
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The Purple Hotel started out life in the 1960s as a Hyatt, a classy place to stay and to hear performers such as Perry Como or Roberta Flack. It slid down the demographic scale until it went independent, being unable or unwilling to meet the standards
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Canonsburg Road Work Set for August - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Also on the list is Franklin from Perry Como to Fifth. The next project—likely to take place in October—will be work on Franklin Avenue from Perry Como to Fifth, Park Drive from West Pitt Street to North Avenue, Church Way extension from its terminus
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King of BBQ victim in fatal accident - Martinez News-Gazette
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“He went to concerts everywhere, he knew everyone from the newest, hippest bands to the Perry Como stuff,” Burgess said She explained she had met her dear friend at the first King of the County BBQ Challenge and had cheered him on when he won second
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City Slang: “Timeless Treasures” revisited - Detroit Metro Times (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
They pop up in chapter 3, when Carson is detailing the late '40s and early '50s, and the fact that Detroit's youth was tiring of 'safe' singers like Doris Day and Perry Como and were hungry for something edgier. Sexier, even
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HUCKABY: Singing for Kay Starr's birthday - Gwinnettdailypost.com
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Her contemporaries were Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Patty Page and, of course, “Der Bingle.” That would be Mr. Bing Crosby. All of the above graced album covers stored in a place of honor in the cabinet under my parents' hi-fi set
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Jimmy Roselli, Hoboken's Other Crooner, Dies at 85
NYTimes - over 6 years
He was a skinny Italian-American kid from Hoboken, N.J., who could croon like an angel. Before long, his singing made women swoon and grown men cry. For decades, he sang standards to adoring crowds worldwide, including, notably, ''My Way.'' He had brown eyes. Jimmy Roselli, a pop singer widely known as the other crooner from Hoboken, spent his life
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Perry Como
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  • 2001
    Age 88
    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."
  • 1999
    Age 86
    The planned statue had the blessing of Como's wife, Roselle, who died the year before it was unveiled on May 15, 1999.
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    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 74
    The 1987 Christmas special was cancelled at the behest of an angry Como; The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) was willing to offer him only a Saturday 10 PM time slot for it three weeks before the holiday.
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  • 1982
    Age 69
    In 1982, Como and Frank Sinatra were invited to entertain Italian President Sandro Pertini at a White House State dinner when he made an official visit.
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  • 1977
    Age 64
    A second ceremony marking Perry Como Day took place August 24, 1977, but the most ambitious project began in 1997 - a statue of the singer.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 57
    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.
  • 1967
    Age 54
    Beginning in 1967, Como began reducing his TV appearances, gradually becoming limited to seasonal and holiday specials with the emphasis being on Christmas.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 49
    Some highlights of the program, which was seen in the US on December 12, 1962, included Como's shaving a serviceman with a Castro-like beard and the enthusiastic participation when Perry asked for volunteers to come on stage to do the Twist with the lovely ladies who were part of the visiting dance troupe.
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    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 46
    Como received the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male; five Emmys from 1955 to 1959; a Christopher Award (1956) and shared a Peabody Award with good friend Jackie Gleason in 1956.
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    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 45
    A 1958 nationwide poll of U.S. teenagers found Perry Como to be the most popular male singer, beating Elvis Presley, who was the winner of the previous year's poll.
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    In 1958, the Comos celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with a family trip to Italy.
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  • 1956
    Age 43
    An example of Como's popularity came in 1956, when Life conducted a poll of young women, asking them which man in public life most fit the concept of their ideal husband: it was Perry Como.
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 42
    On December 17, 1955, viewers were able to see first-hand what Perry did for a living before he was a professional singer.
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    He moved back to NBC with a weekly hour-long variety show featuring additional musical and production numbers, comedy sketches and guest stars called The Perry Como Show, premiering Saturday, September 17, 1955.
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    On his last CBS show, June 24, 1955, Como was in high spirits, bringing all those who worked off camera on the air for introductions.
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    Como's CBS contract was to expire on July 1, 1955.
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  • 1953
    Age 40
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1950
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 36
    While still in its experimental phase, Como and the television show survived an on location broadcast in Durham, North Carolina, on April 15, 1949.
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  • 1948
    Age 35
    Perry Como made the move to television when NBC initially televised the Chesterfield Supper Club radio program on December 24, 1948.
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  • 1944
    Age 31
    Prior to this he had last appeared at New York's Copacabana in 1944.
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    On December 11, 1944, he moved from CBS to NBC for a new radio program, Chesterfield Supper Club.
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  • 1943
    Age 30
    The crooning craze was at its height during this time and the "bobby soxer" and "swooner" teenage girls who were wild about Sinatra added Como to their list, a "swooners" club voting him "Crooner of the Year" in 1943.
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    Rockwell's next move was to book Como into the renowned Copacabana Night Club for two weeks beginning on June 10, 1943.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 29
    In late 1942, Como made the decision to quit the Weems band, even if it meant giving up singing.
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  • 1940
    Age 27
    The Comos' first child, Ronnie, was born in 1940 while the Weems band was working in Chicago.
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    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.
  • 1937
    Age 24
    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."
  • 1936
    Age 23
    Como's first recording with the Weems band was a novelty tune called "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes", recorded for the Decca Records label in May, 1936.
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    Como and Weems met in 1936 while the Carlone orchestra was playing in Warren, Ohio.
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  • 1933
    Age 20
    Perry and Roselle were married in Meadville on July 31, 1933; four days later, Como joined Freddy Carlone's band and began working with them.
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    The teenage sweethearts were married July 31, 1933.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1932
    Age 19
    In 1932, Como left Canonsburg, moving about 100 miles away to Meadville, Pennsylvania, where his uncle had a barber shop in the Hotel Conneaut.
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  • 1929
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on May 18, 1912.
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