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August 15, 2005 |
Nick Perito, a composer and arranger who worked with Perry Como and was nominated for Emmys for telecasts of the Kennedy Center Honors, has died. He was 81. Perito died of pulmonary fibrosis Aug. 3 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Country House in Woodland Hills. He joined Como in 1963 as the singer's long-running "The Perry Como Show" was ending, and stayed on as his music director and conductor for frequent television specials, tours and recording sessions.
May 13, 2001 |
Perry Como, whose smooth baritone voice and likable manner made him an American pop music icon at the middle of the last century, died Saturday in Florida after a long illness. He was 87. Como's daughter, Terry Thibadeau, said her father died in his sleep at his home in the exclusive Jupiter Inlet Beach Colony in Palm Beach County.
December 24, 2011 |
Roll over Bing Crosby, and tell Perry Como the news: Christmas variety specials on TV are getting a lump of coal from viewers. Once a holiday staple — the same week in 1973, easy-listening stars Como and Andy Williams each drew more than 40% of the TV audience with their respective Christmas shows — the format has lately proved about as popular as sour eggnog. That's true even when a huge star is on the marquee. ABC's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving," a vehicle for pop diva Lady Gaga, last month produced very un-Gaga-like ratings.
December 22, 1992 |
At 80, Perry Como has distilled life to a leisurely essence: a little golf, a little TV, a nightly cocktail, lots of sleep and play with the grandchildren. If it weren't for the Perry Como Holiday Show--a five-week concert tour now under way--one could say he is downright idle these days. But after 59 years in the business, Como--also known as the "Bland Crooner," the "Barber of Civility," "Mr. Relaxation," "Mr. C"--is not about to retire.
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August 26, 2010 |
George David Weiss, a prolific songwriter who co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love," "What a Wonderful World," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and many other pop hits, has died. He was 89. Weiss, a former longtime president of the Songwriters Guild of America, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Oldwick, N.J., the Associated Press reported. During his heyday in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Weiss co-wrote songs that were recorded by singers such as Frank Sinatra ("Oh! What It Seemed to Be")
October 26, 1997
A federal appeals court upholds Patricia Hearst's 1976 conviction for armed bank robbery. * Sav-On offers a Soundesign portable 8-track tape player (including volume control and program indicator light) for $29.88. * A Burbank jury awards Perry Como $257,509 in damages for injuries sustained while taping a 1971 Christmas show for NBC. Como, claiming negligence, had asked for $1 million.