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Name: Perry Como                                                                     
Birth name: Pierino Ronald Como                                                     
Born: 18 May 1912 Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.                                     
Died: 12 May 2001 Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, U.S.                               
Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (May 18, 1912 - May 12, 2001) was an Italian-American   
singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a         
century he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with it       
in 1943. "Mr. C", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for RCA and also     
pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for     
the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. His     
combined success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any         
other artist of the time.                                                           
A popular television performer and recording artist, Perry Como produced             
numerous hit records with record sales so high the label literally stopped           
counting at Como's behest. His weekly television shows and seasonal specials         
were broadcast throughout the world and his popularity seemingly had no             
geographical or language boundaries. He was equally at ease in live performance     
and in the confines of a recording studio. His appeal spanned generations and he     
was widely respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his     
personal life. In the official RCA Records Billboard Magazine memorial, his life     
was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived. An       
example to all."                                                                     
Well known American composer Ervin Drake said of him, " . . . occasionally           
someone like Perry comes along and won't 'go with the flow' and still prevails       
in spite of all the bankrupt others who surround him and importune him to yield     
to their values. Only occasionally."                                                 
Perry Como received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989, and was inducted into the     
Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.