Perry Como – 40 Greatest – Music Monday #21!

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This post is the latest edition of Music Monday, a series in which I give you an exclusive look into my ever growing record collection!

Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In this post the album I’m going to be talking about is Perry Como – 40 Greatest!

40 Greatest was released in 1975 by K-Tel, it peaked at Number One in the UK album charts and was Christmas Number Two for 1975!

I’m going to be honest and say that this isn’t an album I listen to very often but I’ve been listening to it whilst preparing for this blog post as I do with all of my albums for Music Monday and I’ve really enjoyed it so I’ll definitely be playing it more! I picked this album up from one of my local charity shops about a year or so ago now, I don’t remember what I paid but I’d say probably no more than £2!

This album like most if not all K-Tel albums isn’t available on Spotify but Perry Como is so I’ll put a Spotify Player here with The Essential Perry Como in it so that you can listen to some Perry Como whilst you read the rest of this post if you’d like to!

I should explain for those that don’t know, K-Tel is a sort of ‘As Seen On TV’ company that specialises in making compilation albums, it was founded in 1962 and actually I have quite a lot of their compilations in my collection, so far in my Music Monday series we’ve seen one other k-tel album which was Emmylou Harris – Her Best Songs which if you’d like to you can read by clicking here.

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Let me tell you a little bit about Perry Como for those of you who don’t know!

Perry Como was an American singer and actor, his genre of music is very easy listening, jazz, swing, big band pop music.

He was active in the music industry for around 44 years and throughout that entire time he was signed exclusively to RCA, I personally think that is fascinating because these days most musicians are signed to multiple labels and if they’re not then hop around from one label to the next!

Perry Como starred in a number of films with 20th Century Fox including Something For The Boys (1944), March Of Time (1945), Doll Face (1945) and If I’m Lucky (1946).

He was also known for pioneering a weekly musical variety show which as far as I understand it went through a number of name and channel changes over the years but the format remained the same.

Throughout the period of 1959 – 1967 when he was hosting his TV show Kraft Music Hall Perry Como was the highest paid TV star ever (up until that point) beating stars like Andy Williams and Dean Martin to name just two.

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I feel like I could talk about Perry Como for a while longer because he managed to pack so much into his career it’s really quite fascinating, I admire stars of that era more than I admire stars of today because back then people actually worked for their fame they didn’t just have Ray J Hit It First and release a video or spend One Night In Paris and magically become a TV star or have a ‘singing career’.

I’m fully aware that I’ve just made a massively sweeping statement that doesn’t apply to everyone, but looking around right now I feel like it can be applied to quite a lot of headline grabbers.

Anyway, enough about that let’s take a look at the fantastic track list for Perry Como’s 40 Greatest!

Side One:

  • Magic Moments
  • Caterina
  • Catch A Falling Star
  • I Know
  • When You Were Sweet 16
  • I Believe
  • Try To Remember
  • Love Makes The World Go Round
  • Prisoner Of Love
  • Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes

Side Two:

  • Hot Diggity
  • Round and Round
  • If I Loved You
  • Hello Young Lovers
  • Delaware
  • Moonglow
  • Killing Me Softly
  • More
  • Dear Hearts & Gentle People
  • I Love You & Don’t You Forget It

Side Three:

  • And I Love You So
  • For The Good Times
  • Close To You
  • Seattle
  • Tie A Yellow Ribbon
  • Walk Right Back
  • What Kind Of Fool Am I
  • Days Of Wine & Roses
  • Where Do I Begin
  • Without A Song

Side Four:

  • It’s Impossible
  • I Think Of You
  • If
  • We’ve Only Just Begun
  • I Want To Give
  • Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • Temptation
  • The Way We Were
  • Sing

My favourite tracks from this album are:

Side One: Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes

Side Two: Killing Me Softly

Side Three: For The Good Times

Side Four: The Way We Were

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I think this album would be fantastic for anybody looking to explore the music of Perry Como further and anybody who just wants to explore the music from his era.

Make sure you check out my 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die series which I’ll be starting tomorrow to see whether or not this album or any other from Perry Como makes that list!

That’s it for this edition of Music Monday if you’d like to read other editions from this series then please click here to be redirected to the Music Monday section of my blog where you’ll find all of the Music Monday posts I’ve ever written!

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Take care,

Charlotte xo

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