Remembering Perry Como

This post was originally an episode of The Old Time Review Daily Podcast. In each edition, Jamie Dyer spoke off the cuff about a famous person, film or song for up to three minutes. The following is a transcription, which has been cleaned up to remove any hesitation and some repetition. Where possible, the subject has been expanded on from the original broadcast.

This is the Old Time Review Daily Podcast for the 18th of May, 2021. On this day in 1912, Italian-American singer, actor, and television personality Perry Como was born. Now, as always, there’s a lot that we can say about Perry. Sadly, there’s not enough time to list all of his achievements in one podcast.

I think all you need to know at this point is that he was huge in music, radio, and television and made a very small dent in movies as well. He was primarily known for recording the vocal Pop and kind of Easy Listening genre pioneered by Bing Crosby. He had a very personal style to his recordings and a deep voice as seen in the likes of “Magic Moments” and Hot Diggity Dog. He had quite a vocal range and as I say he pioneered a lot of things in the world of Media. A little bit later on, he Specialized in those TV Specials that were broadcast around Christmas around the world; Como and Crosby seemed to be the kings of doing that stuff.

My question to you today is… What are your favourite songs by Perry Como? Mine is probably “Catch a Falling Star”; I love the way that he uses the higher part of his voice, and it’s just charming, and I love listening to it In the daytime, in the evening, it works at any time of the day. So that’s Perry Como, who was born on this day in 1912. And that is the Old Time Review Daily Podcast for the 18th of May, 2021.

Jamie Dyer

Jamie Dyer is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, collecting vinyl and supporting the New York Knicks.

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