Perry Como (May 18, 1912 - May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. Selling around sixty million records in his long career, he signed an exclusive recording contract with RCA Victor in 1943 and stayed with the company for nearly fifty years.
Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. Although he always liked to sing, his first great ambition was to be the best barber in Canonsburg. After graduation from high school, he opened his own barber shop. In 1933, he married his teenage sweetheart, Roselle Belline. They remained married until her death; Como was devastated by her passing.