Perry Como was born in 1912 in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, the seventh of thirteen children.
He worked as a singing barber in his hometown until he began touring with a band at the age of 21. His big break came in 1945 with success in films and a string of number one hits over the next 14 years. He was a top star in the era between the big bands and the advent of rock and roll. He made the transition from radio shows to TV and won four Emmy awards. He continued to tour and perform and enjoyed a top ten hit in the 1970s.
He was known as the King of Mellow. Perry Como died in 2001 but remains as a sort of pop icon to his many fans.