The Life of Perry Como

An excellent Italian American crooner and television personality, Perry Como was one of the most successful and popular entertainers of all time. Como was the seventh of 13 children born to his Italian immigrant parents, Pietro and Lucia Como, who came from the region of Abruzzo. 

Born Pierino Como in 1913 in Canonsburg, PA, he fell in love with music at an early age after hearing Italian tenor Enrico Caruso for the first time. Even though he loved music, his childhood dream was to become a barber. 

At age 11, young Perry helped his family out by working after school in Steve Fragapane's barbershop for 50


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