American broadcasting, be it radio or TV always
had shows hosted by top singers. It was quite natural that they
would, the advertisers figured that the singers, who could sell
records, could also sell their product. So we had the Bing Crosby
Show, followed by the Perry Como Show, followed by the Andy Williams
Show. All were good singers; capable of delivering a song usually
backed by orchestras packed with lush strings.
These recordings come from the period 1944 to
1953 and Perry Como is featured with various orchestras, all of
which sound remarkably similar. It is certainly music that won’t
offend anybody, but equally it is unlikely to get him or her very
On Watermelon Weather Eddie Fisher turns up.
Remember him? He was the one who was married to Debbie Reynolds.
Various vocal groups are featured on some of the tracks.
There are some nice songs here and they are all
better than average, but they were intended for a very conservative
middle USA market. To me they all seem rather bland and in no
way were Perry Como a Nat Cole or a Frank Sinatra. He was however
a singer with excellent intonation and diction, something many
I know that Perry still has many fans that will
love this album and if you like this vocal style, it is all typical