Patti Page and her “Tennessee Waltz” had dominated the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts during the first two months of 1951. Her signature hit was finally replaced by one of the biggest hits of Perry Como’s career.
“If” was originally written during 1934 and just hung around for awhile until Como, 1912-2001, went into the studio November 28, 1950 and recorded his version. Released during early 1951 it went to number one on all three BILLBOARD charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – March 3, 1951 – 6 weeks.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys – March 3, 1951 – 8 weeks.
Most Played In Jukeboxes – March 31, 1951 – 5 weeks.
“If” would continue to cement his status as a superstar of the era. He had a popular weekly television show, 1949-1963. Como was also a rare artist that stayed with the same label his entire career. He signed with RCA during 1943 and over the course of his 50 plus year career, that is where he remained.