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Perry Como

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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

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  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105480

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