Last week, in discussing Bobby Vinton, I mentioned that he’s from the same home town (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) as Perry Como. So, you knew who would be today’s Two for Tuesday. The more I read about him, the more I saw that he was a fascinating and admirable guy. He was a dedicated family man who did his best to keep his home and work lives separate and to raise his children in a non-show business environment; a hardworking kid who became a barber at 13 and bought his own shop at 14; a crooner who accumulated a Grammy, five Emmys, a Christopher award (for performances that “affirm the values of the highest spirit”) and a Peabody award; and a man who had not one, but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, television, and music. Bing Crosby called him “the man who invented casual,” although he was often honored as one of the Best Dressed Men. He insisted that his radio and TV shows be in good taste: if it was in any way inappropriate, it wouldn’t make the show.
Most importantly, Perry Como was a great singer, and here are a couple of tracks to show you what I mean.
Our first song is “And I Love You So.” Released in 1971, it reached #29 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 on the UK chart.
Our second song is “Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)” from 1956, which reached #2 in the US and #4 in the UK.
There’s plenty more on YouTube.
Perry Como, your Two for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.