American male singerDied when: 88 years 359 days (1067 months)
Star Sign: Taurus
Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (;May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian-American singer, actor and television personality.During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years, after signing with the label in 1943.
He recorded primarily vocal pop and was renowned for recordings in the intimate, easy-listening genre pioneered by multi-media star Bing Crosby. "Mr.
C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show.His weekly television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world.
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." Como received five Emmys from 1955 to 1959, a Christopher Award (1956) and shared a Peabody Award with good friend Jackie Gleason in 1956.
He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1987.
Posthumously, Como received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
He has the distinction of having three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio, television, and music.