Crooners – Pass the Mike Please – It’s Crooner Time

American audiences welcomed the soft-spoken singers with open hearts and open ears. These touted “crooners” would change the face of music and set the stage for modern American music as we know it today.

Thanks to one monumental technological advance, the microphone, crooning is alive and well. Pass the mike to a new generation, its crooner time!

Each artist brings his own unique style to the table, the musical standard that most crooners follow is that of the Great American Songbook. The Great American Songbook incorporates the Broadway musical theater as well as the Hollywood musical style of the late 1920’s.

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Whether it’s called easy listening or adult contemporary, the style or technique is alive and well. It appeals to something innate in our deepest desire to express pain or jubilance as it refers to love.

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With the first crooners surfacing in the late 1920’s, this style of music spanned several decades with a few changes over time. By the late 1980’s to present day, we saw a resurgence of the original crooners being offered up to a new generation.

The list of early day crooners is long, some of the most heralded notables are: Perry Como, Rudy Vallée, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. By the time these balladeers made it on the scene the term “crooners” was declining as a descriptive term for the soft sentimental sound.

Rock and Roll officially entered the music scene in the late 1950’s with legends such as Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. A very different style, rock music derives much of its roots from the crooners of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

By the time these balladeers made it on the scene the term “crooners” was declining as a descriptive term for the soft sentimental sound. By the early 1960’s with the “crooner” singing style still going strong, some new voices were emerging. By the late 1960’s we were seeing the torch being passed to a new, more hip group of crooners with the emergence of Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck. With the first crooners surfacing in the late 1920’s, this style of music spanned several decades with a few changes over time. By the late 1980’s to present day, we saw a resurgence of the original crooners being offered up to a new generation.

The persona of male singers changed with the arrival of the “crooners”. Men could now sing about being love sick, a puppet, head over heels, and even emotional over a woman. The he-man tough-guy exterior was being shed and women were swooning over these seemingly more sensitive vocalist.

By the early 1960’s with the “crooner” singing style still going strong, some new voices were emerging. By the late 1960’s we were seeing the torch being passed to a new, more hip group of crooners with the emergence of Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck. Suits and ties were being replaced with leather and big sideburns, but the music still stayed fairly true to form.

As Jazz ushered in the decade of the 1920’s, another musical genre was vast on the horizon. The introduction of a breakthrough amplification device called the “microphone” allowed for a softer more melodic voice to grace the stages of theaters and concert halls. Deep from the diaphram belters, such as Al Jolson, now had competition from ballad whispering “crooners”, that, prior to the age of the mike, couldn’t be heard more than a few feet away.

The so-called pioneer of the crooners, Rudy Vallée, enjoyed a versatile career with radio, film, and television. One of his most famous hits, “As Time Goes By” was from the classic American film, “Casablanca”.

The Change of Life And Perry Como

I’m not sure that most women know that the change is coming. Most women aren’t even quite sure the change has arrived as they stand motionless in the eye of their own hurricane. Oddly enough, those dear men who accompany us through life and who we claim are oblivious to feminine needs are aware of the change the very minute our hormones start to do their wicked dance.

What gives it away? Is it the spinning head or the weepy welcomes or the air conditioning running in December?

Perry Como – the American crooner, the hearthrob of the 50s and beyond, the crooner, the recording artist,, the television star, that handsome hunk. I responded, “Yes”. And with that the deal was sealed.

Menopause is supposed to be loaded with countless nights of changing nightgowns. “Well that’s the time before menopause when a woman starts to feel mild hormonal changes resulting in cloudy thinking and feelings of warmth accompanied by stress and irritability.”

Dr. O’Brien peered at me down his nose and through horn-rimmed reading glasses. I asked. “Well that’s the time before menopause when a woman starts to feel mild hormonal changes resulting in cloudy thinking and feelings of warmth accompanied by stress and irritability.”

Still not convinced that I could have a pinky over the other side, I asked, “But how can you be sure that I’m peri-menopausal?” In professional knee-jerk authority he responded, “Do you know who Perry Como is?”

I had experienced a hot flash or two over the years but nothing significant. Menopause is supposed to be loaded with countless nights of changing nightgowns.

I’m not sure that most women know that the change is coming. Most women aren’t even quite sure the change has arrived as they stand motionless in the eye of their own hurricane. Oddly enough, those dear men who accompany us through life and who we claim are oblivious to feminine needs are aware of the change the very minute our hormones start to do their wicked dance.

I knew something was not quite. It’s as if people were talking to me and I was absorbing the information through cotton candy. “Surely I must be coming down with something,” I thought.

Perry Como

Perry Como, the American born singer songwriter, a favorite for many decades for people around the world. But how much does the public really know about Perry Como? Sure we can rattle off a few songs here and there, maybe we know he was married, but what about the real stuff? What exactly is the Perry Como Profile?

 

Here are some little known facts about the Late Great Perry Como;

The Top 10 REAL Facts about Perry Como.

 

  1. Perry Como was born Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como

  2. Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Coming from a family of 12, Perry was the 7th Both parents coming from Italy, he had a tremendous Italian following in America.

  3. He started his working career as a barber! He would sing songs to his customers while cutting their hair.

  4. Contrary to most showbiz relationships, Perry Como only married once, to Roselle Como. They were married in 1933 until Roselle’s passing in 1998. Bucking the marriage divorce marriage divorce trend of the average showbiz couple. Perry met Roselle when he was 17 years old. An old fashioned man, Perry Como had obviously met the girl of his dreams and hung onto her. The went on to have 3 children.

  5. Perry was notoriously private, and rarely subjected his family to public scrutiny. Always declining family interviews and or pictures of his family home.

  6. Perry Como and family were staunch practicing Roman Catholics, taking every opportunity to attend mass whether at home in America or abroad.

  7. Perry Como was at the same time, praised and mocked for his casual laid back style. It appeared that the press would love his casual attitude as long as it fitted into their articles of the day. At other times they press would condone his casual attitude as lackadaisical and uncaring. Many of his true friends would comment that Perry Como was a true gentleman, always casual and relaxed, he did have a temper on occasion, but nothing out of the ordinary. Al though Como’s circle of close friend’s was small, t was very loyal and very tight. There was never any back stabbing or muck raking to come out of his personal friendships.

  8. Perry Como has three stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, eclipsing so many other stars of the day. He also was the recipient of many prestigious awards, creating professional jealousy amongst his contemporaries. Awards ranging from Grammies, Emmys a Peabody Award, a Grammy Lifetime Award and more!

  9. Wikipedia cites information from over 270 books articles and Biographies. Truly one of the times great artists, it was as though there could not be enough written about the Perry Como Profile.

  10. One of Perry Como’s greatest loves was golf, he was renowned for playing a game at the drop of a hat. He also adored fishing, always bringing his catch home to his wife for their evening meal.

 

There you have it, the top 10 REAL facts about Perry Como, did you learn something new? Perry Como is certainly a class act from a bygone era, raising his family in an old fashioned honest way. Keeping his children on the straight and narrow, and not letting them his wife or himself be swallowed up in all of the glitz and glamour that was Hollywood and showbiz. It would be difficult for any reporter to find anything scandalous about Perry Como, it makes you ponder if that is because he was so very private, keeping his business where it belonged, in house. Or was it because he was so truly fulfilled by his own family, a darling life long wife and three beautiful children, and keeping them safe and protected, that he had neither time nor desire to partake in anything contrary or scandalous. Regardless of whatever the answer is, Perry Como, the singing gentleman, will always be time honored and remembered as one of the greats, the singing barber, what you saw was what you got, and baby that was a lot!