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Perry Como: Succeeding In Spite of the Difficulties

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Perry Como is the best-known vocalist during the 50’s that was a period of social crisis because of the World War II and the rise of rock & roll. The improvement that he made to the post-big band approach to pop music permitted him to lend his unique singing and the popular hits on TV, radio, and LP. To Bing Crosby’s opinion, Como’s traditional crooning style as well as his relaxed behavior and emphasis on novelty material were really incomplete; even though he was really impressing.

Born in Pennsylvania, he got a job as a singing barber in his hometown when beginning his tours with local bandleader Freddie Carlone. To get peace of mind, he took his big break with Ted Weems, who had a popular radio show known as Beat the Band. One of the main accomplishments of this artist is to host a regional CBS radio show, which later called Supper Club.

Thanks to the wonderful success, he could obtain a contract with RCA Victor Records. The biggest hit of the year having ten weeks at the top of the charts is “Till the End of Time”. Other number one hits are “Prisoner of Love,” “Chi-Baba” and “Surrender”. He also won four Emmy Awards for working with a radio show; but he soon changed to a television program due to the radio program failed.

As he developed his artistic skills, he discovered that his style of music was known as middle-of-the-road pop. In contrast to the prosperous results of his songs at the beginning of the 50’s, the decrease of hits by the end of this decade reflects the great wave of teen idols and the rise of rock & roll. Before this scenery, he returned with his first live show and a world tour after two decades. Thus, “It’s Impossible,” for example earned the Top Ten in late 1970. By this time, he made television specials and LP’s recordings. Unfortunately, he died sleeping at his home in Florida in 2001.

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