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20 Facts about Perry Como - from the First Job He Had at 11 to His Favorite Hobbies

Ra'eesah Manack
Sep 13, 2019
10:17 A.M.
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With a singing career that spanned over six decades, it's no wonder why Perry Como is something of a Hollywood legend. However, there might be some facts about the singer that fans might not know.

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Perry Como made a name for himself in Hollywood with his smooth voice and easy-to-listen-to music. He also dabbled in acting.

The music legend was even honored by President Reagan with a Kennedy Center award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts. Here are twenty facts about the Perry Como that fans might not know.

Perry Como (1912 - 2001) arrives at London Airport, 16th April 1960. | Getty Images

Perry Como (1912 - 2001) arrives at London Airport, 16th April 1960. | Getty Images

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1. Goodluck Sign

Como has 12 siblings. He was the seventh son of a seventh son which is a sign of good luck in Italian families.

2. Record

He once stayed the longest from any popular artist with RCA Victor Records. He was with the company from 1943 to 1988.

Singer Perry Como on stage | Getty Images

Singer Perry Como on stage | Getty Images

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3. Born in America

From his many siblings, Como was the first to be born in America.

4. Children

Como had three children, Ronnie, David, and Terri. David and Terri were adopted because his wife Roselle was unable to have more children after giving birth to Ronnie.

 Perry Como (1912 - 2001) as he sits in a pink and black shirt under a light tan jacket, mid 1950s. | Getty Images

Perry Como (1912 - 2001) as he sits in a pink and black shirt under a light tan jacket, mid 1950s. | Getty Images

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5. Ten-Cent-A-Dance

In the early, 1930s, he performed at a ten-cent-a-dance called "The Grove." At the time he did not have a car and traveled to work on a trolley every day.

6. Hollywood Walk of Fame

He has not one but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for Radio at 1708 Vine St., another for Recording at 6631 Hollywood Blvd. and the last for Television at 6376 Hollywood Blvd.

American singer Perry Como (1912 - 2001) in a van on the door of which is written "Presented by Perry Como" | Getty Images

American singer Perry Como (1912 - 2001) in a van on the door of which is written "Presented by Perry Como" | Getty Images

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7. Production Company

Besides being a star with multiple talents, he also owned the television and film production company called Roncom Films.

8. God Child

Perry Como is the godfather of Debby Boone.

Perry Como, American singer and television personality, Cafe Royal | Getty Images

Perry Como, American singer and television personality, Cafe Royal | Getty Images

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9. Christmas Tune Record

In 1946, he recorded "Jingle Bells." The song topped Billboard magazine's Hot Ringtones charts in December 2006, five years after he died.

10. "Cup of Sleep"

Dean Martin once joked that he "used to go over to Perry's to borrow a cup of sleep" referring to Perry's relaxing style of music.

Perry Com serenades a crowd of admirers who have gathered to greet him on his arrival at London Airport. | Getty Images

Perry Com serenades a crowd of admirers who have gathered to greet him on his arrival at London Airport. | Getty Images

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11. Golf

When he wasn't singing or acting, he was an avid golfer.

12. Started Working

Como started working at the tender age of 13. His first job was for a barber before and after school.

 Perry Como (1912 - 2001) rides in an old taxi after his arrival at London airport. | Getty Images

Perry Como (1912 - 2001) rides in an old taxi after his arrival at London airport. | Getty Images

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13. First Business

His opened his first business, a barbershop of his own, at 16.

14. Meeting his Wife

He met his wife Roselle at a "cook-out." He actually attended the party with another girl.

Perry Como appears on a TV show, London | Getty Images

Perry Como appears on a TV show, London | Getty Images

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15. Losing Roselle

The couple fell in love and were married for 65 years when Roselle died suddenly on August 12, 1998. She was 84-years-old.

16. Stage Injury

He once fell off the stage and had to have his knee was re-set and placed in a cast for eight months.

American Singer Perry Como on stage | Getty Images

American Singer Perry Como on stage | Getty Images

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17. Cancer

In 1993, Como was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It was successfully treated.

18. Fishing

Como spent his time off fishing on his boat especially after his family moved to Florida. His catch would often be used for dinner.

Perry Como appears on a TV show, London, May 1971 | Getty Images

Perry Como appears on a TV show, London, May 1971 | Getty Images

19. Resting Place

Como is buried at Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Palm Beach County, Florida.

20. Next to his wife

Since Como and his wife, Roselle were so in love, it seems only fitting that they were laid to rest in the same place.

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