Who was/is Perry Como ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more

Perry Como

Pietro and Lucia Como arrived in the United States from Italy around 1903. They settled in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, just southwest of Pittsburgh, across the river from Steubenville, Ohio where Dean Martin, another son of first generation Italian immigrants, grew up. For the Comos, the New World was an almost exact replica of the Old. Pietro worked at Standard Tin Plate, but he and Lucia continued to speak Italian, never learning more than a few words of English until they died. They ate the food and drank the wine of the old country, attended church, and sang the songs they'd always sung. Women with less than five children were thought barren; the Comos had thirteen. Some were born in the old world, some in the new. Pierino, or Perry as he became known, arrived on May 18, 1912, the seventh son of a seventh son.

Third Avenue in Canonsburg is now Perry Como Avenue. Just the idea of it elicited a wince from Perry. He didn't like that sort of thing. For the first five years that Perry ran up and down what would become Perry Como Avenue, he didn't speak English. He only began picking it up when he went to school. The mines and the mills where many of the immigrants worked were not for him: he would be a 'barbiere.' Nick Tosches reckoned that between one-half and two-thirds of Italian immigrants declared that they were 'barbieri.' Even the great Caruso had been a barbiere. Perry started apprenticing when he was twelve, and took over an established business when he was fourteen with two grown men working for him. "A haircut was fifty cents; now I pay twenty bucks. Maybe I got out too soon,"  he said. Another shrug. Maybe he'd told that joke too often. Perry had a guitar, and led his own barbershop quartet in his own barbershop, and played valve trombone in a brass marching band. On July 4 and Italian saints' days, they would parade around Canonsburg. "My father walked right alongside me in the crowd," said Perry. "That's-a-my boy, you know. He loved music."

When it came to singing, Perry freely admitted to two influences, Russ Columbo and Bing Crosby. Perry always went out of his way to acknowledge Crosby's influence. Crosby has been portrayed as unlovable, sour-tempered, and miserly, but that's not the way Perry remembered him. "He was supposed to be surly, tough, but he was never that way with me," he said. "He was gentle. We got along. Played golf, did each other's shows, but he couldn't take a compliment. One time we did a duet on television, and I said, 'If it hadn't been for him, folks, I'd still be cutting hair.' He was embarrassed, almost insulted. Afterward, he said, 'Perry, don't say that.'"

Around the time that Crosby became really popular in 1931 and 1932, Perry was getting up on stage around Canonsburg to sing the hits of the hour. Then, during a spring vacation in Cleveland in 1933, he went to see a local bandleader, Freddie Carlone, and auditioned. Carlone offered him a job, but Perry's barber shop was a thriving business netting him around $40 a week, and he needed some prodding from his father to go with Carlone who was only offering $28. He met the band at a park in Meadville, Pennsylvania. His girlfriend, Roselle Belline, came up there with him. Neither could face their parents if they weren't married so they went to see a justice of the peace in Meadville on July 31, 1933, just a few days after Perry officially changed profession. For years, he kept up his membership in the Barbers Guild. Just in case.

Carlone led what was known as a territory band. It had thirteen pieces and they toured up and down the Ohio valley, and did a little radio but never recorded. When they weren't working, Carlone's brother would take Perry to a club in Cleveland where he would sing for tips. "Some guy would ask to hear 'Melancholy Baby,' I'd sing it, he'd put a buck into a jar," said Perry. "I did better with that than I did with the band." It was around this time that amplification became commonplace. Prior to that, singers would use megaphones. Perry had a megaphone with stardust painted on it. Now he was confronted with the new technology, but was slow to embrace it. "Freddie would say, 'Sing in the goddamn thing!'" he remembered, "and I'd say, 'No, I want to sing with the megaphone,' so in the end I sang through the megaphone into the microphone and it sounded awful. I don't think I ever knew how bad."

Carlone's band was run by three brothers, and Perry was treated as the fourth Carlone. After a show, they'd pay off the band, then do a four-way split. Perry felt so much a part of the outfit that he didn't even respond to a wire from the self-styled 'King of Jazz,' Paul Whiteman, offering him a job. Carlone tried to persuade him to leave, but Perry was adamant that he wanted to stay, and, when an offer came from Ted Weems in 1935, Carlone had to push him out the door. Weems had heard Perry at a casino in Warren, Ohio, and wired him. "Ted was the same kind of man as Freddie," said Perry. "Gentle. A gentleman. I was doing well, sending money home to my dad, ten dollars, twelve dollars. Roselle came with me on the road. We had an old Packard, we'd load it up, put a mattress in there for my son Ronnie who was just a few months old, and we'd hit the road. California. Wherever." 

Perry Como Juke Box Baby
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/como-perry-juke-box-baby.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

 

More information about Perry Como on Wikipedia.org

No results were found for the filter!
Hot Diggity - Ko Ko Mo (7inch, 45rpm) Perry Como: Hot Diggity - Ko Ko Mo (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45URC1157

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(RCA Special Products) 2-Track Single - 1972 - 1950s recordings - 45 rpm, large inner hole perfect for the juke box!
$5.56
20 Greatest Hits Vol.2 (LP) COMO, Perry: 20 Greatest Hits Vol.2 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPNL89020

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(RCA) 20 tracks ​
$11.18 $14.55
Perry Como (3-CD) Perry Como: Perry Como (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD607827

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(Camden) 28 tracks, on 3 albums. The Lord's Prayer, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Dream On Little Dreamer
$39.26
Legends (3-CD) Perry Como: Legends (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG37072

Item must be ordered

(BMG) 50 tracks
$17.92
The Great Vocalists (CD) Perry Como: The Great Vocalists (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSR55067

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(Ronco Records) 18 tracks
$14.55
The Perry Como Collection (2-LP) Perry Como: The Perry Como Collection (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPCCS202

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(Castle) 24 tracks - Original 'RCA' recordings from 1954 to 1975
$20.16
Como's Golden Records (CD, Cut-Out) Perry Como: Como's Golden Records (CD, Cut-Out) Art-Nr.: CDRCA53802X

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(BMG) 14 tracks
$39.26
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) - Catch A Falling Star (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS) Perry Como: Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) - Catch A... Art-Nr.: 45DPE11027

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

A - Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) B - Catch A Falling Star
$11.18
Round And Round - Magic Moments (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS) Perry Como: Round And Round - Magic Moments (7inch, 45rpm,... Art-Nr.: 45DPE11028

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

A - Round And Round B - Magic Moments
$11.18
16 Millionhits (LP) Perry Como: 16 Millionhits (LP) Art-Nr.: LPNL89239

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(RCA International) 16 tracks - Original 'RCA' recordings from 1945 to 1973
$16.79
Christmas With Perry Como (CD) Perry Como: Christmas With Perry Como (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG44553

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1997/BMG) 10 tracks
$14.55
Perry Como - Volume 1. (7inch EP, SC, PS) Perry Como: Perry Como - Volume 1. (7inch EP, SC, PS) Art-Nr.: 45RCA20671

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1987/RCA Australia) 4 tracks Perry Como - Volume 1. • Side 1 A. Just Born B. Love Makes The World Go Round • Side 2 A. Caterina B. I Love You Don't You Forget It Perry Como commenced singing in 1936 with Ted Weems Band. In 1955 his...
$11.18
16 Top Tracks (CD) Perry Como: 16 Top Tracks (CD) Art-Nr.: CD90126

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1988/BMG) 16 tracks
$11.18
The Very Best Of Perry Como (CD) Perry Como: The Very Best Of Perry Como (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG165722

Item must be ordered

(2004/BMG) 24 tracks - I Think Of You, Catch A Falling Star, Magic Moments, Delaware and more
$22.41
Greatest Hits 1943-1953 (CD) Perry Como: Greatest Hits 1943-1953 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFAD2001

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(2004/Acrobat) 50 tracks
$11.18 $16.79
Jukebox Baby (LP) Perry Como: Jukebox Baby (LP) Art-Nr.: BFX15306

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

​(1988/Bear Family Records) 16 tracks 1945-1961 - original RCA recordings - mastered by Jörg Siemer and Bob Jones - new stock copy. (Bear Family Records)
$16.79
Perry Como Sings Just For You (CD) Perry Como: Perry Como Sings Just For You (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCAD440

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(RCA) 12 tracks - Re-issue on CD of the original 1958 'RCA' LP album
$19.04
Take It Easy (CD) COMO, Perry: Take It Easy (CD) Art-Nr.: CD90490

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(BMG) 18 tracks
$14.55
Love Songs (CD) Perry Como: Love Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMC125

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

​(1993/Music Club) 18 Tracks
$8.93 $16.79
The Long Lost Hits Of Perry Como - 25 Classic Performances (CD) Perry Como: The Long Lost Hits Of Perry Como - 25 Classic... Art-Nr.: CDCCM0054

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1998/BMG) 25 tracks 
$11.18 $16.79
World Of Dreams (CD) Perry Como: World Of Dreams (CD) Art-Nr.: CD2127849

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1995/BMG) 24 tracks - A collection of rarities & collectors items.
$8.93 $16.79
20 Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD) Perry Como: 20 Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD89019

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(1980/BMG) 20 tracks
$11.18 $14.49
With The Fontane Sisters (CD) COMO, Perry: With The Fontane Sisters (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG69388

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

​(2001/BMG) 14 tracks
$22.41
Scene Changes & The Lightly Latin Perry Como: Scene Changes & The Lightly Latin Art-Nr.: CDCOL7880

Item must be ordered

(2008/Collectables) 24 tracks. These 1965 and 1966 LPs gave Como two more pop-chart triumphs-and a bit hit with his memorable version of Dream on Little Dreamer.
$19.04
I Grandi Successi Originali (2-CD) Perry Como: I Grandi Successi Originali (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG99332

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(2000/BMG ITALY) 24 tracks, original recordings
$20.16
Softly (CD) Perry Como: Softly (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBIT61055

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

​(1995/Back Biter) 18 tracks
$7.81 $16.79
The Definitive Perry Como Collection (2-CD) Perry Como: The Definitive Perry Como Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD72711

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(2000/BMG) 49 original BMG masters
$16.79
Essential 60s Single Collection (CD) Perry Como: Essential 60s Single Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTAR1058

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

​(1999/Taragon) 20 tracks
$28.03
Legends (3-CD) Perry Como: Legends (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD911002

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(2002/BMG) 50 tracks
$16.79
Greatest Gospel Songs (CD) Perry Como: Greatest Gospel Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA67978

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(2000/RCA) 21 tracks, US
$22.41
The Best Of Perry Como (CD) Perry Como: The Best Of Perry Como (CD) Art-Nr.: CD50774

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(2003/BMG) 20 tracks
$22.41
Greatest Hits (2-CD) Perry Como: Greatest Hits (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA67436

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(1999/RCA) 51 tracks, Originally sealed US-pressing!
$19.04
Look To Your Heart (CD) Perry Como: Look To Your Heart (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGM0358

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(2015 / Real Gone) 22 tracks, original RCA Victor recordings, 1967-70, 16-page booklet. The CD includes the original 1968 album 'Look To Your Heart' plus singles plus unreleased material from above period. A must not only for Perry Como...
$19.04
The Living Legend (2-CD) Perry Como: The Living Legend (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDARC94632

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

(1992/ARCADE) 40 tracks RCA Stereo. Pierino Como, born in Canonsburg, Pensilvania an May l8th 1912, initially making his living as a barber, was to become a living Legend simply by being himself. Perry started his singing career in 1933....
$11.18 $22.41
The Real...(3-CD) Ultimate Collection Perry Como: The Real...(3-CD) Ultimate Collection Art-Nr.: CD900782

Item must be ordered

(2011/SONY) 60 RCA masters - digipac.
$14.55
Einfach das Beste (4-CD) Perry Como: Einfach das Beste (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY66701

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$14.55
One More Time  2-CD Perry Como & Fontane Sisters: One More Time 2-CD Art-Nr.: CDJAS445

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Perry Como & Fontane Sisters - One More Time 2-CD
$19.04
Juke Box Baby Perry Como: Juke Box Baby Art-Nr.: BCD16783

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

1-CD-Album with 44-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 77:17 minutes. Perry Como rocks! Perry Como would have been aghast at the notion, but in the mid-to-late 1950s (when his TV show was the highest-rated show in the USA) he recorded...
$15.67 $17.92
Dreamer's Holiday - Dream Along With Me Perry Como: Dreamer's Holiday - Dream Along With Me Art-Nr.: CDCOL7316

Item must be ordered

(2004/COLLECTABLE) 22 tracks, 64:26min.;
$18.98
Doll Face (0) - Music - Comedy Perry Como & Carmen Miranda: Doll Face (0) - Music - Comedy Art-Nr.: DVDALP4556

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(2004/ALPHA) NTSC, English, 1946, B&W, 80 minutes; starring Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como & Carmen Miranda
$5.56 $11.18
Vol.1, Australian 7inch EP Series (small center) Perry Como: Vol.1, Australian 7inch EP Series (small center) Art-Nr.: DREP20671

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$11.23
Seattle - The Songs I Love (CD) Perry Como: Seattle - The Songs I Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL2863

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

(2004/COL) 23 tracks, originals 1969 & 1963
$15.67
Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music (CD) Perry Como: Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCAD1660

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

​(1995/RCA-BMG) 15 Tracks
$24.66
A Sentimental Date (1945-50) Perry Como: A Sentimental Date (1945-50) Art-Nr.: CDUS3021

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

CD on VOCALION RECORDS by Perry Como - A Sentimental Date (1945-50)
$11.18 $16.29
And I Love You So - It's Impossible (CD) Perry Como: And I Love You So - It's Impossible (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL2767

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

CD on COLLECTABLES RECORDS by Perry Como - And I Love You So - It's Impossible (CD)
$15.67
Como Swings - For The Young At Heart (CD) Perry Como: Como Swings - For The Young At Heart (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL2765

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

CD on COLLECTABLES RECORDS by Perry Como - Como Swings - For The Young At Heart (CD)
$15.67
By Request - Sing To Me Mr. C.  2 CD Perry Como: By Request - Sing To Me Mr. C. 2 CD Art-Nr.: CDCOL2762

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Perry Como - By Request - Sing To Me Mr. C. 2 CD
$21.23
You Are Never Far Away (CD) Perry Como: You Are Never Far Away (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCAD2201

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

CD on ESX/CAMDEN RECORDS by Perry Como - You Are Never Far Away (CD)
$33.64
Wereldsterren - Het Beste Van Perry Como (CD) Perry Como: Wereldsterren - Het Beste Van Perry Como (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPD74589

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

​(1990/BMG Ariola Benelux) 18 Tracks - Rare Dutch CD!
$39.26
Viewed