1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Perry Como (born May 18, 1912)
Famous hit during the 50s: Donít Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes 1952
Perry Como also had hits with If in 1952, No Other Love in 1953, Wanted in 1954, Tina Marie in 1955, Hot Diggity in 1956, Round and Round in 1957, and Catch a Falling Star and Magic Moments in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1943-1974 Record Label: RCA Victor
He was born Pierino Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to immigrants from Palena, Italy. Perry Como left the barbershop he opened while attending high school to sing with Freddie Carloneís band in 1933 and by 1937 he was a featured vocalist with Ted Weems orchestra. In 1943, he was signed by RCA Victor and became one of the most successful performers of the twentieth century. He left a legacy of lighthearted songs and romantic ballads. Often accompanied by the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers, Perry Como sold more than one hundred million records and had fourteen tunes that were number one hits. He also recorded two classic fifties Christmas Songs: Itís Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas with the Fontane Sisters and Home for the Holidays. Television was made for his laid-back style and personality. He hosted top rated NBC TV shows from 1948-1963. Wearing a cardigan sweater, he appeared extremely relaxed and his intimate and personal baritone voice complemented his affability and sincerity. Perry Como died in 2001.