Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (; May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer, actor and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years, after signing with the label in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show. His weekly television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. 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."
Como received five Emmys from 1955 to 1959, a Christopher Award (1956) and shared a Peabody Award with good friend Jackie Gleason in 1956. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1987. Posthumously, Como received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He has the distinction of having three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio, television, and music.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 18, 1912 (Canonsburg), Died May 12, 2001 (Jupiter Inlet Colony)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D6VB-3074||10"||10/17/1946||That's the beginning of the end||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||D6VB-3075||10"||10/17/1946||Sonata||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||D6VB-3382||10-in.||12/12/1946||What am I gonna do about you||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||D6VB-3383||10-in.||12/12/1946||I gotta gal I love (in North and South Dakota)||Perry Como ; The Satisfiers||Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||D6VB-3489||10-in.||12/19/1946||That's where I came in||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||D6VB-3490||10-in.||12/19/1946||I want to thank your folks||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-0089||10-in.||1/23/1947||Easter parade||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-0090||10-in.||1/23/1947||Song of songs||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-0248||10-in.||4/10/1947||When you were sweet sixteen||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-0923||10-in.||5/29/1947||I wonder who's kissing her now||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer Orchestra ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-0924||10-in.||5/29/1947||When tonight is just a memory||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer Orchestra ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal group and instrumental ensemble||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-1274||10-in.||7/28/1947||So far||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||vocalist|
|Victor||D7VB-1275||10-in.||7/28/1947||A fellow needs a girl||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||vocalist|
|Decca||63319||10-in.||2/22/1938||Goodnight, sweet dreams, goodnight||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63320||10-in.||2/22/1938||A gypsy told me||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63322||10-in.||2/22/1938||What are you doing the rest of your life?||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63323||10-in.||2/22/1938||Sunday in the park||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63324||10-in.||2/22/1938||Three shif'less skunks||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63325||10-in.||2/23/1938||In my little red book||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63327||10-in.||2/23/1938||A shack in the back of the hills||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||65162||10-in.||3/10/1939||Ad-de-day||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||65168||10-in.||3/10/1939||Class will tell||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||66717||10-in.||10/4/1939||Goody goodbye||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||66718||10-in.||10/4/1939||Two blind loves||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||66722||10-in.||10/4/1939||That old gang of mine||Ted Weems Orchestra||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Como, Perry," accessed May 23, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105480.
Como, Perry. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105480.
"Como, Perry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 May 2022.
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