Perry Como Net Worth

About Perry Como

The almost ridiculously relaxed, genial, neighborly, regular-guy demeanor of Perry Como, a personality that came across as well through a camera lens as it did through a mic, came to him naturally: as the child of Italian immigrants, “Pierino” began contributing to the family paycheck at age 11 by working after school at a barber shop, and for many years his ambitions went not further than someday having a barbershop of his own. However, Perry was also blessed with a wonderful, untaught baritone, and since he often sang as he cut hair, his real talent soon came to the fore. By the time he”d graduated high school, he’d followed the advice of just about everyone close to him and begun singing, at first with Freddie Carlone and later with fellow Pennsylvanian Ted Weems of “heartaches” fame (later revisited by the Marcels).

Italian-American singer, actor and television personality Perry Como had a net worth of $45 million dollars at the time of his death, in 2001.

Success

Unfortunately, the WWII draft soon broke up Weems’ band, and Como, who was now trying to raise a family with his childhood sweetheart, left the road for the more stable home life of his original profession. When CBS offered him his own steady radio show, however, one which would allow him to commute home from New York every evening, he took the gamble. Soon Como found himself in the top line of crooners like Frank Sinatra and his idol, Bing Crosby, and when television began to gain exponential popularity in the late ’40s, Perry, who’d already appeared in several movie musicals, was a perfect fit. His Chesterfield Supper Club, Perry Como Show, and Kraft Music Hall became a Eisenhower-era standard, and Middle America welcomed him onto their stereos as often as they did their living rooms: for approximately two decades, Como enjoyed a constant presence on the Billboard charts, his 42 Top 40 hits rivaled only by Bing himself.  

Later years

Rock and roll was as much a threat to Como as it had been to everyone else established in pop; though Greatest Generation adults were more than happy to grow old with him, his teen idol status was lost forever. In fact, Perry’s style, with its ultra-smooth vocal delivery, aura of smiling goodwill, and trademark bright sweaters, became something of a cultural in-joke for baby boomers. Nevertheless, the hits kept on coming for a while — novelties at first, and then later several fine Adult Contemporary smashes, including his last big smash “It’s Impossible,” which would become his signature song. If anything, Como became more famous in later years as a television personality; his seemingly endless series of Christmas specials made him synonymous with the holiday. Perry ended his 60-year career in 1994, partly due to the onset of Alzheimer’s, and died peacefully in his sleep in 2001.  

Perry Como facts and trivia

  • Born the seventh son of a seventh son, which is considered especially lucky in Italian families
  • An avid golfer and fisherman in his private life
  • Is the godfather of singer Debby Boone
  • Stayed with one label, RCA, for the entire half-century length of his solo career
  • Kept a barber chair in his house as a hobby
  • His hometown of Canonsburg, PA has a statue dedicated to the singer that occasionally plays his hits

Information

Born:

Pierino Ronald Como, May 18, 1912, Canonsburg, PA; died May 12, 2001, Jupiter, FL

Styles: 

50s Pop, Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Big Band, Great American Songbook, Novelty Music

Instruments: 

Vocals, guitar, organ, piano, trombone

Claims to fame:

  • The face and voice of ’50s pre-rock America
  • One of pop’s greatest postwar crooners whose relaxed style led Bing Crosby to dub him “The Man Who Invented Casual”
  • A pioneer in television entertainment who was a constant presence in American homes for four decades
  • Known for his dozens of annual Christmas TV specials

Perry Como awards and honors:

GRAMMY Award (1959), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), Kennedy Center Honors (1987), Emmy Awards (1955, 1956, 1957, 1959), Peabody Award (1956), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Award (1990), Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006), Hollywood Walk of Fame (1708 Vine St., 6376 Hollywood Blvd., 6600 Hollywood Blvd.)

Perry Como hit singles and albums:

#1 hits

Pop:

  • “Till the End of Time” (1944)
  • “Prisoner of Love” (1946)
  • “Chi-Baba Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep)” (1946)
  • “Surrender” (1946)
  • “A-You’re Adorable” (1949)
  • “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
  • “Hoop-Dee-Doo” (1950)
  • “If” (1950)
  • “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” (1952)
  • “No Other Love” (1953)
  • “Wanted” (1954)
  • “Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)” (1956) 
  • “Round and Round” (1957)
  • “Catch a Falling Star” (1958)

Adult contemporary:

  • “Stop! And Think It Over” (1967) 
  • “It’s Impossible” (1970)
  • “And I Love You So” (1973)

Top 10 hits

Pop:

  • “Long Ago (And Far Away) (1944)
  • “I Dream of You (More Than You Dream I Do)” (1945)
  • “I’m Gonna Love That Gal (Like She’s Never Been Loved Before)” (1945)
  • “If I Loved You” (1945)          
  • “(Did You Ever Get) That Feeling in the Moonlight” (1945)  
  • “Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)” (1945)    
  • “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (1946)          
  • “You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)” (1946)
  • “All Through the Day” (1946)     
  • “They Say It’s Wonderful” (1946)
  • “Sonata” (1946)
  • “Winter Wonderland” (1946)
  • “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” (1947)
  • “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (1947)
  • “Because” (1948)
  • “Far Away Places” (1949)
  • “Forever and Ever” (1949)
  • “Bali Ha’i” (1949)     
  • “A Dreamer’s Holiday” (1949)
  • “Patricia” (1950)
  • “You’re Just in Love” (1950)
  • “Wild Horses” (1952)
  • “Say You’re Mine Again” (1953)  
  • “You Alone (Solo Tu)” (1953)
  • “Papa Loves Mambo” (1954)
  • “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” (1954)
  • “Tina Marie” (1955)
  • “Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)” (1955)
  • “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” (1955)
  • “More” (1956)
  • “Juke Box Baby” (1956)
  • “Glendora” (1956)
  • “Magic Moments” (1958)
  • “Kewpie Doll” (1958)
  • “It’s Impossible”  (1971) 

Adult Contemporary:     

  • “Caterina” (1962)
  • “Dream on Little Dreamer” (1965) 
  • “You Made It That Way (Watermelon Summer)” (1967)  
  • “Seattle” (1969)
  • “I Think of You” (1971)
  • “Weave Me The Sunshine” (1974) 

Top 10 albums:

  • So Smooth (1955)
  • We Get Letters (1957)
  • Merry Christmas Music (1957)
  • The Perry Como Christmas Album (1970)

Other notable recordings: “Goodbye, Sue,” “Have I Stayed Away Too Long?,” “I Love You,” “Lili Marlene,” “I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You),” “More and More,” “Temptation,” “Here Comes Heaven Again,” “You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart),” “Prisoner of Love,” “All Through the Day,” “If You Were the Only Girl,” “More Than You Know,” “If I’m Lucky,” “That’s the Beginning of the End,” “So Far,” “Haunted Heart,” “Rambling Rose,” “N’yot N’yow (The Pussycat Song),” “Blue Room.” “Bali Ha’i,” “I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore,” “(Just One Way to Say) I Love You,” “Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk,” “Give Me Your Hand,” “I Wanna Go Home (With You),” “The Lord’s Prayer,” “Ave Maria,” “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song),” “On the Outgoing Tide,” “Cross My Fingers,” “Zing Zing-Zoom Zoom,” “There’s No Boat Like a Rowboat,” “There’s a Big Blue Cloud (Next to Heaven),” “Rollin’ Stone,” “With All My Heart and Soul,” “Tulips and Heather,” “Please Mr. Sun,” “Noodlin’ Rag,” “One Little Candle,” “My Love and Devotion,” “To Know You (Is to Love You),” “I Confess,” “Say You’re Mine Again,” “My One and Only Heart,” “Pa-Paya Mama,” “Hit and Run Affair,” “The Things I Didn’t Do,” “Fooled,” “All at Once You Love Her,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” “Moonlight Love,” “Chincherinchee,” “Mi Casa, Su Casa,” “The Girl with the Golden Braids,” “My Little Baby,” “Just Born (To Be Your Baby),” “Ivy Rose,” “Dance Only with Me,” “I May Never Pass This Way Again,” “Moon Talk,” “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round,” “Mandolins in the Moonlight,” “Tomboy,” “I Know,” “Delaware,” “I Know What God Is,” “Make Someone Happy,” “You’re Following Me,” “(I Love You) Don’t You Forget It,” “Oowee, Oowee,” “Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma,” “I Looked Back,” “Here Comes My Baby,” “Stop and Think It Over,” “The Father of Girls,” “Happy Man,” “Sunshine Wine,” “That’s All This Old World Needs,” “My Days of Loving You,” “For the Good Times,” “Love Don’t Care (Where It Grows),” “Walk Right Back,” “I Don’t Know What He Told You,” “Temptation,” “I Want to Give,” “Christmas Dream,” “World of Dreams,” “Just Out of Reach,” “The Grass Keeps Right on Growin'”

Movie and TV appearances (movies in italics): Something for the Boys (1944), Doll Face (1945), If I’m Lucky (1946), Words and Music (1948), “The Perry Como Chesterfield Supper Club” (1948-1950), “Texaco Star Theatre” (1949, 1951), “Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall” (1950-1967), “The Ed Sullivan Show” (1950, 1956), “The Dinah Shore Show” (1957), “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1968, 1969, 1970), “The Carol Burnett Show” (1969), “The Hollywood Palace” (1969), “The Flip Wilson Show” (1970), “This Is Tom Jones” (1970), “Top of the Pops” (1971), “This Is Your Life” (1971), “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” (1989), “Night of 100 Stars” (1990)

Covered by: Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Jerry Vale, The Temptations, Nat King Cole, Andrea Bocelli with Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Clay Aiken, Erasure, Jay and the Americans, Anne Murray, Art Garfunkel, Jo Stafford, The Three Degrees, Dennis Brown, Jane Olivor, Connie Talbot, José Carreras, Vikki Carr, Amanda Lear, Frances Yip, Sergio Franchi, Harry Connick, Jr., Alvin and the Chipmunks 

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