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American singer, one of the most popular vocalists between the end of World War II and the rise of rock & roll in the mid-'50s
His big break came with the 1945 film A Song to Remember. His rendition of Till the End of Time spent ten weeks at the top of the charts and became the biggest hit of the year. His dreamy, relaxed baritone (heavily influenced by Bing Crosby) worked especially well on ballads, such as the additional 1945-47 number one hits Prisoner of Love, Surrender and Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep).
Como’s laidback style worked especially well on the emerging medium of television and his work from 1948 with the Chesterfield Supper Club eventually earned him four Emmy Awards. In the mid-'50s, Como began to indulge in light novelty fare, the titles often comprising nonsense words, typified by Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom. Though he often disliked the songs, they frequently became huge hits and made his reputation as one of the singers who defined the style of music later known as middle-of-the-road pop.
Como’s appeal began to wane towards the end of the 1950s, with the emergence of rock & roll and the wave of teen idols. His last number one hit, Catch a Falling Star, came in 1958. He was much less visible during the 1960s, but returned in 1970 with his first live show in over two decades, and a world tour followed; a single (It's Impossible) even made the Top Ten in late 1970.
This is a very fine vintage black and white photograph (8" x 10"), neatly signed and imscribed ("To Ken, Best, Perry Como") in blue ink across the image. In very good condition.