With support from Roselle, Perry took the plunge. He avoided singing Bing's songs, received good reviews, Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac) gained a large audience. In June he debuted at the prestigious Copacabana nightclub. His easygoing stage presence made him unique and RCA Victor offered a contract within days of the first Copa show, mainly on the premise that Decca already had Crosby and Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac) had just signed Sinatra.
Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac) June 20, right in the middle of the historic strike by the American Federation of Musicians, which effectively banned all members from making recordings though singers were free make a cappella recordings"Goodbye, Sue," written by Jimmy Rule of Nashville with Louis Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac) and Jules Lomanwas recorded with an angelic-sounding female backing chorus; the sentimental ballad enjoyed modest sales.
All doors opened to Como thanks to Rockwell, who helped him negotiate a lucrative deal to star in more than a dozen movies for 20th Century-Fox for a total take of more than a million dollars. In the spring of '44 he headed to Hollywood to shoot his first film, Something For the Boysa musical with Carmen Miranda.
Right away he felt disoriented, preferring the instant reaction of nightclub audiences to the cold quiet of a movie soundstage, longing for the safety of his east coast confines. It wouldn't be the last time he would endure such torture. This uncomfortable situation was mixed with welcome news: the musicians' ban was lifted later in the year, Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac), enabling him to again make records with orchestras.
Suddenly the single was overshadowed by Como's first number one hit, "Till the End of Time," Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman 's lyrical adaptation of Frederick Chopin 's classic "Polonaise" its timing a little late for early '45's A Song to RememberColumbia Pictures' biopic on Chopin that marked Cornel Wilde 's career peak ; the single topped the Billboard best sellers from September through November His second film, released late in the year, brought him down from his high sonic perch; Doll Faceanother middling musical with Miranda and Vivian Blainemade Perry so miserable he began plotting ways to break his movie contract.
Even the early '46 smash from the film, Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh 's trendy "Dig You Later A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba ," was of concern to Perry, who disliked these types of novelty tunes but went ahead with them anyway; for years he would record songs he felt were best filed in the waste can only to see them rise to high chart positions.
Sponsors sometimes played a role in an artist's career; "Dig You Later" and the next hit, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," were among several singles with credited backing by vocal group The Satisfyerstheir name a plug for the radio show's sponsor, Chesterfield cigarettes after the brand's famous tag line, "They Satisfy".
He purchased a home on Sands Point, a scenic part of Long Island within an hour's commute to Manhattan; it provided a permanent home for his family for more than two decades. Offsetting this longed-for stability was the September release of his third film, If I'm Luckyanother cringeworthy musical at least as far as he was concerned again teaming him with Vivian Blaine and Carmen Miranda.
Reviews of his acting weren't bad, but he got the feeling he was better off being heard and not seen. Perry badly wanted out of his own movie contract and, not concerned about the money he'd be losing with so many hit records, what did he care?
If a low-profile career was his goal, he was by that time sorely disappointed. Television's first prime time season had begun in the fall of '48 and on Christmas Eve, just one week before his filmed swan song premiered, Perry's Supper Club was upgraded from radio to TV, retaining its minute format on NBC.
The awkwardness of his big screen persona was happily missing, however; singing was his main function on the show, initally broadcast with cameras in the same studio where he'd done the radio show. He remained in his comfort zone and viewers found him to be an appealing host, a good thing because he was going to be appearing for a very long time on the "idiot box" screens that would gradually be popping up in nearly every home in America.
Como began working with arranger Mitchell Ayresa partnership that lasted well into the '60s. Being a "nice guy" was not without its stressful moments. He admitted to having faulty judgment when it came to picking potential hits, but usually gave in to what the producers and RCA brass felt was timely and hit-worthy Doris DayKay Starr and Russ Morgan apparently had no such qualms and recorded hit versions of the song, though Perry and the Fontane Sisters made out best, scoring a top five seller and number one airplay single in the summer of He came to accept that his judgment was flawed, so he frequently trusted others to make the song choices.
They seldom let him down. Ayres devised a clever horn intro and guitar-based arrangement with backing vocals by pop group The Ramblers It was America's number one record in January and February Perry was smart enough to let 'em keep picking the hits for him.
Perry mainstreamed the song without losing all of its rhythmic qualities and took it top ten. RCA's hot new female star Jaye P. A weekly fixture on the tube, Como's appeal kept growing as the number of homes with televisions increased.
The network scheduled him on Saturdays, going head-to-head with Jackie Gleason 's comedy series The Honeymooners the first season and The Jackie Gleason Show the year after; Gleason, a close friend of Como's, gradually saw his ratings slip and later moved his show to another night.
Meanwhile, Perry kept cranking out hit records. C a song that landed him at number one yet again. Come Rain or Come Shine. Ruby Hill, Harold Nicholas. Coo coo roo coo coo paloma. Dance Only with Me. Days of Wine and Roses. Dear Hearts and Gentle People. Silvia TellesAstrud Gilberto.
Donkey Serenade. Perry Como with The Ramblers. Slim Willett with The Brush Cutters. Down by the Station. Slim Gaillard and His Trio. Harry Simeone Chorale. Roy Orbison with Bob Moore's Orch. Far Away Places. Vic Damone - Glenn Osser's Orchestra. Line RenaudMorris Albert.
Fly Me to the Moon. For All We Know. Forever and Ever. Forget Domani. For Me and My Gal. For the Good Times. For You. Joe Green's Marimba Band. Frosty the Snowman. Funny How Time Slips Away. Girl of My Dreams. Give Myself a Party. Jack Lewis with Zippy Simms Orchestra. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Meister Glee Singers. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen. Goodbye for Now. Goodbye to Rome. Haunted Heart. Tex Ritter and His Texans. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Hawaiian Wedding Song. Charles Kingunknown. Hearts Will Be Hearts. Hello Young Lovers. Gertrude Lawrence. Here Comes My Baby. Here, There and Everywhere. Home for the Holidays. Hot Diggity Dog Ziggity Boom. Charles Lamoureux Covered by 9 artists. How Insensitive Insensatez. How to Handle a Woman. I Believe. I Believe in Music. I Concentrate on You. I Confess.
I Cross My Fingers. Perry Como with Orchestra conducted by Mitchell Ayres. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Frederick Ferrari. If I Loved You. I Found a Million Dollar Baby. George Robey and Violet Loraine. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues.
I Had the Craziest Dream. I'll Be Home for Christmas. I'll Remember April. Woody Herman and His Orchestra. I Love You Truly. Elsie Baker with Orchestra. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows. I Never Loved Anyone. Tony Martin and Al. Sack's Orchestra. In the Garden. Asher - Homer Rodeheaver. In the Still of the Night. I Really Don't Want to Know. Jimmy Boyd accompanied by Norman Luboff. It Could Happen to You. It Had to Be You.
The Ambassadors [US2]. It Happened in Monterey. I Think I Love You. I Think of You. I Thought About You. Mel Tillis and The Statesiders. It's a Good Day. It's a Lovely Day Today. Russell Nype and Galina Talva.
It's Easy to Remember. It's Impossible. Armando Manzanero Covered by 66 artists. It's Only a Paper Moon. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling. I've Got the World on a String. I Wanna Be Around. I Want to Give. I Want to Thank Your Folks. Frank Sinatra - Orchestra under the direction of Axel Stordahl. Joseph E. Jingle Bells. Edison Male Quartette.
Joy to the World. Just out of Reach. Kentucky Babe. Killing Me Softly with Her Song. Gene and Eunice with Jonesy's Combo. Kol Nidrei. Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely with Orchestra. Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk. Like Young. Lili Marlene. Lollipops and Roses. Long Ago And Far Away. Love in a Home. Peter Palmer and Edith Adams. Love Letters. Love Looks So Good on You.
Love Makes the World Go 'Round. Love Me or Leave Me. Love Put a Song in My Heart. Agostinho dos Santos. Marrying for Love. Tallulah Bankhead. Me and My Shadow. Jack Smith The Whispering Baritone. Me Perry Como - Better Luck Next Time / Far Away Places (Shellac) You and a Dog Named Boo.
Isaura GarciaPat Boone. Mood Indigo. Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic". Moonlight Love from Clair de lune by Debussy. Moon River. Henry Mancini and His Orchestra and Chorus. More and More.
Perry Como with Orchestra. More Than You Know. My Coloring Book. My Cup Runneth Over. Mary Martin, Robert Preston.
My Favorite Things. Mary Martin, Patricia Neway. My Funny Valentine. My Heart Stood Still. My Kind of Girl. Matt Monro with Accompaniment directed by Johnnie Spence.
My Melancholy Baby. Nearer, My God, to Thee. No Other Love. O Come, All Ye Faithful. California Melodie Syncopators. O Holy Night. Emily Laureyunknown. O, Little Town of Bethlehem. Once I Loved. Agostinho dos SantosAstrud Gilberto. Once upon a Time. Lena Horne with Orchestra conducted by Horace Henderson. On the Outgoing Tide. Onward, Christian Soldiers.
Over the Rainbow. Papa Loves Mambo. Please Mr. Prisoner of Love. Put Your Hand in the Hand. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars Corcovado. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head. Red Sails in the Sunset. Lew Stone and His Band. Roses of Picardy. Route The King Cole Trio.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. Santa Lucia.
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