October 10, 2013
Perry Como was a recording star in the 1940s and 1950s and in addition had a hit television series. His career would not be as successful as the rock and roll era progressed but in 1958, her had his last number one (barely).
“Catch A Falling Star” remains one of his better known songs and on March 24, 1958, it topped the Most Played By DJ’s chart for one week. It didn’t even come close on the Top 100, stalling at number nine.
Como’s career would last 50 years and he spent it all recording for the RCA Label. “Catch A Falling Star” was the last of his 14 number one songs.
April 25, 2013
Perry Como had a career that spanned over six decades. He was one of the few Big Band era artists that continued to have success during the rock and roll era. Nearly 50 0f his 82 chart singles came after the beginning of the rock era. Much of his success at the time was due to his successful television show, which ran 1948-1963.
“Round And Round” was a typical Perry como song. It entered te BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 on February 23, 1957. It peaked at number one on the Best Sellers In Store Chart (1 week) and Most Played By Disc Jockey’s Chart (2 weeks). It remained on the charts for 29 weeks.
It may have been the Elvis Presley era but Como’s career showed no sign of slowing down.
August 13, 2012
As the 1950s pre-rock ‘n’ roll era progressed, Perry Como kept on clicking. His weekly TV show, 1949-1963, was a constant hit and provided exposure for his music and his records sold in the hundreds-of-millions of copies.
One of the biggst hits of his career, (which is saying alo), came during the first half of 1954 when “Wanted” topped all three BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Charts.
Beat Sellers In Stores Chart – 4/10/54 – 8 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 4/28/54 – 7 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 5/1/54 – 8 weeks at number one.
“Wanted” was typical of the era. Como’s smooth vocal just made the listener relax. Songs such as this may not have changed American msic but they made it alot more pleasant.
July 8, 2012
The musical, ME AND JULIET, may have faded into Broadway history but it did produce a number one song for Perry Como.
By 1953 Como was one of the biggest music stars in the world. He hit the top of the charts again with the Rodgers and Hammerstein composition, “No Other Love.”
It was a somewhat odd number one as it only topped one of the three BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Charts. It did not top the Best Sellers In Stores Chart of The Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart. Radio Disc Jockeys, however, gave it alot of radio play as it topped the Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart for four weeks beginning August 15, 1953.
It was a typical Como ballad that he was so good at producing. It helped solidify his position of the king of the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era in the United States.
June 22, 2012
Perry Como was the vocal superstar of the late 1940s and early 1950s and would remain popular for nearly a half century.
He returned to the top of the BILLBOARD Pop Charts with the first big hit of 1953. “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes” topped all three of the charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 1/10/53 – 5 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 1/24/53 – 3 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 1/17/53 – 4 weeks at number one.
It was an up-tempo and peppy song that ran counterpoint to many of his ballads. It remains one of his well-know songs.
April 15, 2012
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.
March 28, 2012
While Guy Lombardo and Anton Karas were dominating the BILLBOARD Best Sellers In Stores Chart and Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart with their versions of “The Third Man Theme,” good old Perry Como reached the top of The Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart on June 3, 1950 with his “Hoop-Dee-Doo.” It remained at number one for two weeks.
It was an up-tempo oom-pah song complete with accordians and trumpets. The Fontaine Sisters provide the vocal support. It helped solidify his position as one of the superstars of the 1940s and 50s.