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Como's Golden Records : Rarity Music Pop, Vol. 20

Perry Como

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Supplanted by more recent hits roundups on CD, this original RCA package still offers listeners a solid mix of Perry Como's big smashes from the '40s and '50s. The golf-swing crooner is surrounded by strings and big bands throughout, effortlessly reeling off classic pop like "Prisoner of Love," "Temptation," and the Bacharach/David slice of kitsch "Magic Moments" (nice bubbling bassoon on this one). And the gleeful fun rolls on, as the likes of "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" and "A Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)" help close out the album. Slip into that cardigan, mix a gin and tonic, and get ready to tee off.

Biography

Born: 18 May 1912 in Canonsburg, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most popular vocalists between the end of World War II and the rise of rock & roll in the mid-'50s, Perry Como perfected the post-big-band approach to pop music by lending his own irresistible, laid-back singing — influenced by Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo — to the popular hits of the day on radio, TV, and LP. Both his early traditional crooning style plus his later relaxed manner and focus on novelty material were heavily indebted to Bing Crosby, though Como's appeal during...
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