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years ago when Perry Como was about to inaugurate his
full-hour network TV program, a meeting on how to announce
and promote the new show was held high in one of Manhattan's
Rockefeller Center towers. A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
young press agent came up with a suggestion that a "National
Perry Como Day" be declared. When word of this reached
Perry, he said, "Wait a minute. This is not George
Washington; this is just Perry Como. Don't go putting up
statues of Como in the parks."
"Just Perry Como" is the
modest self-appraisal of the man. But in another sense this
quiet human being has erected statues of himself in every
household in America and in countries around the world. For
more years than he himself cares to remember, he has been
rated as one of the great singing personalities of all time.
There is simply no reason
in these notes to go on erecting "statues of Como in the
parks." Better, let the reader listen to the cavalcade of
great American songs in this album and the wondrous way that
old Per' has with them. Omit plaudits, please; just enjoy
yourself. Perry did.