Perry Como was cutting hair in his own barber shop in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania long before he decided to put his appealing baritone voice to work cutting records. He hung up the clippers for good in 1933 to join the Freddy Carlone Band and performed with Ted Weems from 1936-42.
A local CBS radio affiliate was impressed enough with Como's romantic style to give him a chance on the air in 1942, and the singer secured a record deal the following year, scoring his first chart single with "Good-bye Sue." From there it didn't take long for Como to develop a large fan base which earned him a total of 14 number-one singles through the 40s, 50s and 60s, including "Round And Round," which charted for 29 weeks beginning on 2-23-57 and peaked at number one for two weeks. He hosted his own successful TV series through the 50s and 60s and remains an active performer today.
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