Birth Name

  Pierino "Perry" Como

  Also Known As

  Perry Como, "Mr. C"


  May 18, 1912     Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A

  Died   May 12, 2001 (aged 88) Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, U.S.A


  Easy Listening, Adult Contemporary, Popular Vocal, Pop, 

  Big   Band, Jazz, Latin, Swing, Country, Rock And Roll, Faith

  And Inspirational


  Singer-songwriter, record producer



  Years Active



  Decca, RCA Victor






And I Love You So Lyrics


Catch a Falling Star Lyrics
  Close To You Lyrics
  Dance Only With Me Lyrics
  Dear Hearts And Gentle People Lyrics
  Delaware Lyrics
  Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Lyrics
  Dream Along With Me Lyrics
  For The Good Times Lyrics
   Hello, Young Lovers Lyrics
  Hot Diggety Lyrics
  I Believe Lyrics
  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Lyrics
  I Think Of You Lyrics
  I'll Be Home For Christmas Lyrics
  If You Were The Only Girl In The World Lyrics
  It's Impossible Lyrics
  Juke Box Baby Lyrics
  Kewpie Doll Lyrics
  Lollipops And Roses Lyrics
  Magic Moments Lyrics
  Mandolins In The Moonlight Lyrics
  Moon River Lyrics
  No Other Love Lyrics
  Papa Loves Mambo Lyrics
  Round and Round Lyrics
  The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Lyrics
  Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree Lyrics
  Till The End Of Time Lyrics
  Try To Remember Lyrics
  When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver Lyrics
  Zing Zing Zoom Zoom Lyrics
  A Bushel And A Peck with Betty Hutton Lyrics
  Watermelon Weather with Eddie Fisher Lyrics
  A You're Adorable with The Fontane Sisters Lyrics
  You're Just in Love with The Fontane Sisters Lyrics


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Perry Como was born Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1912, the son of Pietro Como, a mill hand, and Lucia Travaglini Como, immigrants from Palena, Italy. The seventh of thirteen children, Perry Como earned a few cents a day working after school in a local barbershop in Canonsburg. Later, while attending high school, he operated his own barbershop. Como, performing at wedding receptions and other functions, gained local recognition for his singing ability. One of the few vocalists of his generation to read music, he played both organ and baritone horn.

Vacationing in Cleveland in 1933, Como auditioned for Freddie Carlone's band and was hired at twenty-five dollars a week. That same year Como married his high school sweetheart, Roselle Belline, the daughter of French immigrants; they had three children, whom they sheltered from the celebrity world of show business.  She died in August 1998, two weeks after celebrating their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.

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 it in 1943. "Mr. C", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for 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. His combined success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any other artist of the time.

Hollywood filmmakers lured Como to the silver screen, but his career in the motion picture industry was brief and unrewarding.

A popular television performer and recording artist, Perry Como produced numerous hit records with record sales so high the label literally stopped counting at Como's behest. His weekly television hobo and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world and his popularity seemingly had no geographical or language boundaries. He was equally at ease in live performance and in the confines of a recording studio. His appeal spanned generations and he was widely respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. In the official RCA Records Billboard Magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all."

Perry Como received the Kennedy Centre Honours in 1987, and was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

*Reference  Wikipedia & adapted from the American National Biography Online


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