The showbiz nickname of singer Perry Como, the easygoing barber turned crooner who hosted the musical variety program THE PERRY COMO SHOW (PERRY COMO’S KRAFT MUSIC HALL)/NBC/CBS/1949-67. The show’s off-camera announcer Frank Gallop (1955-1963) commonly referred to Perry Como as Mr. C.
In 1956 and 1957, Perry Como won Emmy Awards for most outstanding television personality. After he retired in 1963, he returned to TV in a series of popular annual Easter and Christmas specials that aired in the 1970s and 1980s.
Perry Como sold over 50 million records during his career. He had 13 #1 hit songs–the first was “Till The End of Time” in 1945.
His many hits include “Temptation,” “Prisoner of Love,” “Because,” “When You Were Sweet Sixteen,” “Wanted,” “No Other Love,” “Hot Diggety,” “(There’s No Place Like) Home For the Holidays,” “Round and Round,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Delaware,” “Seattle,” and “And I Love You So.” In the 1970s, Perry Como sold a million copies of his hit song “It’s Impossible.”
In the 1980s, President Reagan presented Perry Como with a Kennedy Center award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts.
Perry Como’s easy listening, relaxing musical style inspired singer Dean Martin to joke he “used to go over to Perry’s to borrow a cup of sleep.”
“For the amount of talent I had – and I couldn’t dance, act or tell a joke – I enjoyed a tremendous career” – Mr. C
Born Pierino Ronald Como on May 18, 1912 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Perry Como died on May 12, 2001 in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida. He was 88.
He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1708 Vine Street and for Television at 6376 Hollywood Boulevard.
Note: Mr. C. was the also the nickname for Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) used by a variety of neighborhood friends, including the cool Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84.
Years later, Marion Ross (who played Marion Cunningham, the wife of Mr. C.) was called Mrs. C when she appeared as Beulah Carey, the mother of Drew Carey on the THE DREW CAREY SHOW/ABC/1995-2004.