Perry Como

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Perry Como

Born

5/18/1912, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Died

5/12/2001

Birth Name

Pierino Como

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Pierino Roland Como
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Biography

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Perry was born one of 13 children to the Como family. They lived in a small coal mining community in PA. Perry had always aspired to be a barber. He worked in a barbershop after school. He was determined not to be a part of the coal mining…more

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  • Trivia

    • Perry Como has a 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for his work in tv and the other for his work in radio, at 1708 Vine Street (radio)and 6376 Hollywood Blvd (TV).

    • Perry Como didn't have a car in his youth so he traveled to work by trolley car.

    • In the early 1930's Perry Como performed at a 10 cent dance club called The Grove.

    • Perry Como three children's names are Ronnie, David and Terri. David and Terri were both adopted. This was due to the fact Roselle could no longer have kids after the birth of her first son.

    • Rosella was Perry Como's high school sweetheart and the only girl Perry Como ever dated then married.

    • Perry Como was the first of his siblings who were born in America.

    • One of Perry Como other biggest hits was Hot Diggity which was adapted from the classical Espana.

    • Perry Como was not only US loved but was very popular in Canada as well. He had a huge hit titled Lili Marlene which topped the charts in both countries.

    • Perry Como was the longest popular artist who remained with his original label RCA Victor records which lasted from 1943 until 1948.

    • Perry Como was also known as the voice with the most relaxing quality. One time his good friend Dean Martin commented that he used to go over to Perry to borrow a cup of sleep.

    • Perry Como sold over 50 million records. He had over thirteen number one hits. His first hit song was Till The End of Time which debuted in 1945.

    • Perry Como was the seventh son out of the thirteen children which in Italian is a sign of good luck.

    • In every show that Perry Como appeared in he always opened his show with the song Dream Along With Me. and closed his show with the song You Are Never Far Away.

    • Perry Como was known for his mellow baritone singing voice. Wearing cardigan sweaters and his casual style of dress.

    • Perry Como married Roselle Beline on July 31, 1933 and remained married until her death on August 10, 1998. They had three children together.

    • Perry Como was born Pierino Roland Como of Italian decent but he shortened his fist name which translated to English as Perry.

    • Perry Como passed away on May 12, 2001 in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida from Alzheimer's decease.

    • Perry Como was born on May 18, 1912 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

    • Perry Como was a singer who recorded many songs in records that are still available, though now in CD's.

    • Perry Como worked at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas and Harrah's.

    • Perry Como recordings are genuine sentiment that people rush out and buy.

    • For Perry Como intrduction to the song And I Love You So, Perry Como has to thank singer Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins had phoned Perry and asked him to listen to this very fetching Don McLean number. Perry Como listened,liked,recorded and burst back into the charts once again, winning new fans and delighting old friends ith the poignance of his inimitably wistful delivery.

    • Perry Como singing style was velvet soft easy going and relaxed.

    • Perry Como's 1st recording for RCA was in 1943 though he had to wait until 1945 for his couple of hit records and then he really hit the gold. The 1945 recording he did of the song If I Loved You sold a million copies. Perry Como enjoyed the distinction of being the 1st singer to have more than one million selling records in the same year.The next year 1946,he achieved another 1st when four million of his records were turned out in a single week. So, despite a somewhat slow start,the young Perry was coming through fast and strong.

    • Perry Como said that Records have played an important part.They have had a lot to do with the success he had.It wasn't until he had a couple of hit records that the rest followed.

    • Long before millions of people watched Perry Como smiling in his TV shows he had become a familiar singer and Loved by many via those records.

    • Although he had recorded some numbers with the Ted Weems Band,this was really the start of Perry Como recording career.No longer just one of the boys in the band,he had the chance to establish himself as a singer in his own right.This he did very effectively on his very own radio show and in his nightly shows at the New York Versailles and Copacabana nightclubs though it was in the recrdng studio that he started to lay the foundations of his most enduring success.

    • How Perry Como spent those 10 years on the road was he spent 4 of those years with the Carlone band,and 6 years with Ted Weens, with the endless round of nights singing in night clubs where customers came to speak gamble or dance and the music became wallpaper. He was a family man.So when the Weems band stopped playing together, Perry Como tried for a more settled home life and went back to his original trade. Fortunately, it took a little time to find the barber shop he wanted, enough time for the G A Corporation to find him. Their deal was his Very Own radio show for CBS Radio at $100 dollars a week and an RCA Victor recording contract.

    • Despite this mild self criticism about his lack of judgement, Perry Como's ability to do the very best he could seemed to have showed consistently though the years. His easy going manner concealed a bedrock professionalism, an insistence on doing right that distinguished the star from others. Like most of our Great entertainers he went through a rigorous apprenticeship in his singing before any success came his way. 10 years on the road with bands taught him not only the basics of singing and musicianship,though he also learned the real value of success when it came along.

    • On the subject of what makes a hit record, Perry Como was wryly unassuming. He said it's funny though he didn't want to make most of the golden records he recorded. If he had recorded only the songs he wanted to record then he would have still been working in a barber shop. He didn't think you could ever really predict whether a record was going to be a major hit. For him, he just tried to do the very best he could when making a record. After that,according to him, you're just taking chances.

    • Perry Como had his own radio show.

    • Perry Como recorded his 1st record in 1944.

    • Perry Como began singing professionally in 1933.

    • Perry Como had many holiday specials.

    • Perry Como sang at the South Shore Music Circus in Massachusetts.

  • Quotes

    • Perry: We also own a little boat and I'm like a kid with it. I take off early in the morning, fishing rod in tow, and just drift about the ocean all day.

    • Perry: They still come to their old dad with their problems. I like that. I like listening and then with the wisdom of age giving them my heartfelt advice. I even like the fact that they then go out and do exactly what they wanted to do anyway - that's the way it should be with parents and kids.

    • Perry: The world that fussed over Perry Como never made it through our front door.

    • Perry: The business has changed greatly since my day.

    • Perry: That I can't relate to today's music or morals doesn't make either necessarily bad. Just different. I leave the judgements to others.

    • Perry: Sure, I still work - in respectable concert halls and theatres. But nobody is offering me a bundle of bucks to dance around bare-bottomed at my age.

    • Perry: Sometimes it's hard to realize they're not kids anymore but adults. Not even the grandchildren are kids anymore.

    • Perry: People have always thought that I wasn't ambitious. They judged by appearances and were fooled. I was competitive. I wanted success and was willing to work for it.

    • Perry: People forget that I wasn't always a success. In the early years, there were some rough times when I thought I'd quit this business. Roselle always stood by me, never pressuring me to be or do anything other than what I wanted.

    • Perry: My only regret in life is that I didn't spend as much time with my kids as I now wish I had.

    • Perry: My family has always been the main source of my nurturance and contentment. And we were a hechuva hamily! We still are. Sure we had our problems, but none that were all that serious.

    • Perry: Just the other day, it seems, the kids were running through the house, slamming doors, breaking glass, making noise. Time goes by so quickly. Sometimes everything seems so fleeting.

    • Perry: In many ways, that affection is the real reward for 56 years in the business. Although the money ain't exactly bad either.

    • Perry: I would never have risked doing anything that might have hurt Roselle. I would sooner have died. People will find this hard to believe but in all our years together, Roselle and I have never had a truly rocky period.

    • Perry: I worked with the world's greatest talents and then went home to the world's greatest woman. It was, and is, a great life.

    • Perry: I had 13 weeks off and I would pack up the family and drive to some mountain retreat where we could be together and fish all day. I loved it. I needed it.

    • Perry: I guess Roselle and I have always been stay-at-homes, happy with ourselves and one another.

    • Perry: I figure I've earned the right to do as little as possible at this stage of my life. Roselle seems to figure the same as she no longer boats or fishes with me, claiming the sun and the smell of the fish make her sick.

    • Perry: For the amount of talent I had - and I couldn't dance, act, or tell a joke - I enjoyed a tremendous career.

    • Perry: During the seventeen years that I had a weekly show, if I had ever expressed myself in such a way, forget about the censors, both my mamma and Roselle would have slapped me silly.

    • Perry: But when they needed love or help or had a problem of any kind, they could always go to Roselle because she was always there for them. That was not always the case with me.

    • Perry: But we do have a golf course near by and I play fairly regularly.

    • Perry: But today, I feel the genuine warmth, the affection, and although I may joke about it, I am touched.

    • Perry: Although we could easily have afforded a household staff, Roselle mostly did her own housecleaning and cooking, as she never wanted strangers in our home. And it was a home. Roselle made it that.

    • Perry: Although I managed my schedule to be home by late afternoon most days, basically, Roselle raised our children alone. And so I missed out on a lot of wonderful moments, missed watching my kids grow into the wonderful people they are today.

    • Perry: Actually, I would love to make a music video. Maybe it would finally put to rest those persistent rumours that have followed me throughout my career - particularly when I was on camera performing - that I had died.

    • Perry: Acting coaches in Hollywood were always telling me to use my hands and body more. But that was never me. I just breathe and sometimes it doesn't look as if I'm doing that.

    • Perry: For the amount of talent I had (and I couldn't dance, act, or tell a joke) I enjoyed a tremendous career.

    • Perry: The audience knows I'm not going to do anything after all these years to upset them.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • There is a man with a voice

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    Perry Como is a man with a voice who can not only entertain but sooth the mind and the soul. He can sing almost anything he sets his mind to. Having a relative who grew up with him in Cannonsburg and knew him personally adds even more pleasure to his talent for me. He is as kind in person as he is good in singing. He truly did haircuts for people for free who could not afford them. He did sing as he cut peoples hair. He is a man of reality. A true star.moreless
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