Pierino Como, 18 May 1912, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 May 2001, Jupiter Inlet Beach Colony, Florida, USA. Como was an accomplished popular singer with a warm baritone voice, whose repertoire included ballads, novelty numbers and singalongs. Born into a large Italian-American family in Canonsburg, he left his home town barber shop in 1933 and toured with the local band of Freddie Carlone. His big break came in 1936 when he joined trombonist Ted Weems band and featured on their Beat The Band radio show. He left the band when it broke up in 1942, and the following year signed for RCA Records. After minor hits with Long Ago And Far Away, Im Gonna Love That Gal and If I Loved You, he topped the US charts in 1945 with Till The End Of Time, based on Chopins Polonaise In A-Flat Major.
A comparatively late starter in hit parade terms, he made up for lost time...
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