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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")
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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.
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.
January 28, 1994 |
Despite the impact of Elvis Presley and the rock revolution in the second half of the '50s, traditional pop singers--from Nat (King) Cole to Frank Sinatra--remained major sales forces in pop music during that period. Of them, Perry Como--the former barber from Pennsylvania who sang in a relaxed crooning style that was greatly influenced by Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo--was the hottest on the charts.
November 21, 1993
Jack Fulton, 90, big-band singer and writer of such songs as "Wanted," which earned a gold record for singer Perry Como. A native of Philipsburg, Pa., Fulton began his musical career at 17 playing trombone for small-town dances. He later sang with the Mason-Dixon Orchestra and the George Olsen Orchestra in New York and with a trio that recorded the hit "Who Stole My Heart Away." Fulton and the trio joined the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in 1926.