Perry Como

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  1. Perry Como
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    Perry Como

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    Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer, of numerous genres and television personalities, particularly of light entertainment. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor after signing with the label in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for RCA and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como produced numerous hit records; his combined success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any other artist of the time. Como's appeal spanned generations and he was widely respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. In the official RCA Records Billboard magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all." Composer Ervin Drake said of him, "... [o]ccasionally someone like Perry comes along and won't 'go with the flow' and still prevails in spite of all the bankrupt others who surround him and importune him to yield to their values. Only occasionally."


  2. And I Love You So
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    And I Love You So (1973)

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    "And I Love You So" is a popular song written by folk singer and guitarist Don McLean and released on his 1970 debut album, Tapestry. The song has been recorded by many artists in the years since McLean's original version, and it was a 1973 hit for singer Perry Como on his RCA Victor album of the same name, And I Love You So.


  3. For The Good Times
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    For The Good Times (1970)

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    "For the Good Times" is a song penned by Kris Kristofferson that appeared on his debut album Kristofferson. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico; an early recording of the song was by Bill Nash on Smash Records.


  4. Unchained Melody
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    Unchained Melody (1995)

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    "Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained, hence the name. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. It has since become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some estimates having spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.


  5. Catch A Falling Star
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    Catch A Falling Star (1958)

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    "Catch a Falling Star", written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, is a song made famous by Perry Como's hit version, released in 1957. It was Como's last #1 hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard "Most Played by Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top 100, where it reached #2. It was the first single to receive a gold record certification, on March 14, 1958. The single won Como the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Its melody is based on a theme from Brahms' Academic Festival Overture.


  6. A Bushel And A Peck
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    A Bushel And A Peck (1950)

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    "A Bushel and a Peck" is a popular song written by Frank Loesser and published in 1950. The song was introduced in the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, which opened at the 46th Street Theater on November 24, 1950. It was performed on stage by Vivian Blaine, who later reprised her role as Miss Adelaide in the 1955 film version of the play. "A Bushel and a Peck," however, was not included in the film, and instead replaced by a new song, titled "Pet Me, Poppa."


  7. Delaware
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    Delaware (1959)

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    "Delaware" is a popular song, written by Irving Gordon. The song was published in 1959 and has references to 15 states of the United States. The states were portrayed, in the form of puns, as: Della wear, new jersey, Calla ‘phone ya, how ar’ ya, Mrs sip, mini-soda, Ore gone, I’ll ask ‘er, taxes, Wiscon sin, new brass key, Arkan saw, Tenne see, Flora die and misery.


  8. The Lord's Prayer
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    The Lord's Prayer (1949)

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    "The Lord's Prayer" is a musical setting of the Lord's Prayer written by Albert Hay Malotte in 1935 and recorded by numerous singers and groups including John Charles Thomas, Perry Como, Doris Day, Gracie Fields, Andrea Bocelli, Mahalia Jackson, Mario Lanza, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap, The Staple Singers, Jackie Evancho, Il Divo and Susan Boyle. The song's melody is very similar to that of Schubert's "Ave Maria" (a recording of which was issued as the B-side of Como's version).


  9. Wanted
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    Wanted (1954)

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    "Wanted" is a popular song written by Jack Fulton and Lois Steele.


  10. Magic Moments
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    Magic Moments (1958)

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    "Magic Moments" is a popular song with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David, one of the first compositions by that duo. The song was published in 1957.


  11. Till The End Of Time
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    Till The End Of Time (1945)

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    "Till the End of Time" is a popular song written by lyricist Buddy Kaye and composer Ted Mossman and published in 1945. The melody is based on Frédéric Chopin's Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53, the "Polonaise héroique".


  12. As Time Goes By
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    As Time Goes By (1978)

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    "As Time Goes By" is a song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. It became most famous in 1942 when part of it was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie Casablanca. The song was voted No. 2 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs special, commemorating the best songs in film. It has been used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. since 1999 and was the title and theme song of the 1990s British comedy series As Time Goes By.


  13. A - You're Adorable
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    A - You're Adorable (1964)

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    "'A' You're Adorable" is a popular song with music by Sid Lippman and lyrics by Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise, published in 1948.


  14. Round And Round
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    Round And Round (1957)

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    "Round and Round" is a popular song by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman published in 1956. A version of the song recorded by Perry Como was a big hit in 1957. The song would prove to be Perry Como's last over-all number one on the Billboard charts. This song was recorded by Anne Murray in 1993 for her Croonin' album but it was only released as a bonus track for a special version of her Croonin' LP that was released by Heartland Records (1994). Anne Murray said she was always a huge fan of Perry Como and was featured in at least one of his television specials in the mid-1970s, the mass market release of Croonin' has Anne singing Perry's hit "Wanted"


  15. And I Love You So
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    And I Love You So (1975)

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    And I Love You So was Perry Como's 21st RCA Victor 12-inch long-play album, the 19th recorded in full "living" stereophonic sound.


  16. Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall
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    Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948)

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    The Chesterfield Supper Club, an NBC Radio musical variety program (1944–1950), which was also telecast by NBC Television (1948–1950).


  17. Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
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    Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (1952)

    314 views

    "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" is an off meter ballad concerning a man away from home worried that his paramour may unwittingly stray from their relationship. The song was recorded in many different styles by many artists. It was written by Winston L. Moore (whose stage name was Slim Willet) and was published in 1952.


  18. Papa Loves Mambo
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    Papa Loves Mambo (1954)

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    "Papa Loves Mambo" is a popular song written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, and Bix Reichner and published in 1954.


  19. A House Is Not A Home
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    A House Is Not A Home (1970)

    339 views

    "A House Is Not a Home" is a 1964 song recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick, and written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Richard Todd. The song was a modest hit in the United States for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". Another version of the song, by Brook Benton, which was the version that appeared in the film, was released at nearly the same time. It debuted two weeks earlier on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at #75.


  20. Forever and Ever
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    Forever and Ever (1964)

    318 views

    "Forever and Ever" is a popular song.


  21. Prisoner Of Love
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    Prisoner Of Love (1963)

    350 views

    "Prisoner Of Love" is a 1931 popular song with music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill and lyrics by Leo Robin. The song was popularized by Columbo and later became a major hit for Billy Eckstine, Perry Como and The Ink Spots.


  22. Hot Diggity
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    Hot Diggity (1958)

    247 views

    "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" is an American popular song written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning. Published in 1956, it was recorded by Perry Como and went to #1 on the Billboard pop music chart later that year. The song's melody is based on Emmanuel Chabrier's 1883 composition, España.


  23. Moon River
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    Moon River (1963)

    237 views

    "Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its performance by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). It also won Mancini the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and won Mancini and Mercer the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. The song has been covered by many other artists.


  24. Can't Help Falling In Love
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    Can't Help Falling In Love (1961)

    207 views

    "Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop ballad originally recorded by American singer-songwriter Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss. The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour" (1784), a popular romance by Jean Paul Egide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.


  25. If
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    If (1950)

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    "If (They Made Me a King)" is a popular song with music written by Tolchard Evans and the lyrics written by Robert Hargreaves and Stanley J. Damerell. The song was written in 1934, but the most popular versions were recorded in 1950-1951. Perry Como's version, recorded November 28, 1950, was a #1 charted hit on the Billboard charts for 8 weeks. The Como version was released under the following labels and catalog numbers:


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