For the secret of how to have fun while you work, watch Perry Como on his thrice-weekly musical fests. That affable gentleman of song disproves the old adage that business and pleasure don't mix. When he's doing a solo or teaming up with the Fontane Sisters, as he is in the above picture for a slick rendition of "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas," Perry always brings in an air of informal, infectious fun to his television productions. His friendly easy-going manner sets the keynote for serving up songs and melodies in one of the most pleasant quarter hours on TV.  Despite the fact that he is the most popular vocalist on the tele-waves today, less than ten years ago, Perry was almost ready to give up his singing career. He had been barnstorming around the country with the Ted Weems orchestra and when Weems broke it up top go into the Army, Perry was ready to return to his home town and settle down with his family. But he was offered a radio job in New York and accepted it when he was assured that he would not have to travel and could bring his family with him. He immediately began to attract attention, and he was signed for the well remembered Supper Club Show. Perry is still in New York, singing and settled in a lovely Long Island home with his wife and three children. Perhaps these things more than anything else account for his "casual and relaxed" style of singing that endears him to millions of fans.
 
It's Beginning
To Look Like Christmas
 
 
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Everywhere you go,
Take a look in the Five & Ten,
Glistening once again . . .
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow!
 
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in every store,
But the purdy-est sight to see,
Is the holly that will be on your own front door!
 
A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots,
Is the wish of Barney and Ben,
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk,
Is the hope of Janice and Jen . . .
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait
for school to start again!
 
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Everywhere you go . . .
Now thereís a tree in the Grand Hotel,
One in the park as well . . .
The sturdy kind that doesnít mind the snow!
 
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Soon the bells will start . . .
And the thing that will make them ring,
Is the carol that you sing,
Right within your heart!
 
A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots,
Is the wish of Barney and Ben . . .
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk,
Is the hope of Janice and Jen . . .
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait
for school to start again!
 
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring,
Is the carol that you sing,
Right within your heart!
 
Words and Music by Meredith Willson, 1951
Frank-Meredith Willson Music ~ ASCAP
Original RCA Recording

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