Friday, May 18, 2012

The 100th Anniversary of Perry Como's Birth

It was 100 years ago today that Perry Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He made his first recording in May 1936 with the Ted Weems Orchestra. The song was "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes."  The final, original album he recorded for RCA Victor, Today, was released in 1987. He hosted his first radio show, Columbia Presents Como, in 1943. His last radio show, Weekend with Perry, debuted in 1989 and he hosted it until his death in 2001. Perry Como had his own television show for fifteen years, after which he continued to do periodic television specials for another 31 years. All in all, he had a remarkably long and very successful career.

In honour of Perry Como, then, here is his version of "Some Enchanted Evening," which went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart for five weeks in 1949

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