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Perry Como

Perry Como, born Pierino Ronald Como on May 18, 1912, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was an American singer and television personality. He was the seventh of 13 children born to Italian immigrant parents, Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini Como. Growing up in a tight-knit Italian-American community, Como's love for music was evident from an early age.

Como's professional career in music began in the 1930s when he joined the Freddy Carlone Orchestra as a vocalist. He gained attention for his smooth baritone voice and soon caught the eye of bandleader Ted Weems, with whom he recorded his first major hit, "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes," in 1940.

In the following years, Como's popularity continued to rise, and he signed with RCA Victor Records. He became known for his signature relaxed, easygoing style and his ability to connect with audiences. Some of his most famous songs include "Till the End of Time," "Prisoner of Love," "Catch a Falling Star," and "Magic Moments."

Como's success wasn't limited to the music industry. He also ventured into television, hosting a string of successful variety shows, including "The Perry Como Show," which ran from 1955 to 1963. His laid-back demeanor and warm personality made him a favorite with audiences, and he became one of the most popular television personalities of his time.

Throughout his career, Como received numerous accolades, including Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and a Kennedy Center Honor. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990.

Offstage, Como was known for his humility and modesty. He was a devoted family man, married to his wife Roselle for over six decades until her passing in 1998. Together, they had three children.

Perry Como continued to perform and make occasional television appearances until his retirement in the 1990s. He passed away on May 12, 2001, at the age of 88, leaving behind a rich musical legacy and fond memories for millions of fans around the world.

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