On the Radio – The Perry Como Shows 1943

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On The Radio- The Perry Como Shows 1943
Como-On the Radio 1943 cover
Compilation album by Perry Como
Released November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
Recorded 1943
Genre Vocal
Label On the Air
Perry Como chronology
Perry Como's Christmas Concert
(1994)
On The Radio- The Perry Como Shows 1943
(2009)
At the Supper Club
(2010)

After Perry Como left the Ted Weems Orchestra in late 1942, he returned to his home in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania with the idea of going back to his barbering profession.[1][2] Como had many offers before and after he was back in his home town.[3][4] As he was preparing to sign a lease to re-open a barber shop, he received a telephone call from Tommy Rockwell, who was with General Artists Corporation. Rockwell, who also represented Ted Weems, offered Como a sustaining (non-sponsored) radio program on CBS and also to get him a recording contract.[5] The offers made by Rockwell meant remaining in New York to perform with no more road tours as had been the case for many years when Como was with both Freddie Carlone and Ted Weems.[6] On the advice of his wife, Roselle, Como agreed to go to New York as it meant he could continue working in the music business and not be separated from his family.[7][8]

Como began his Columbia Presents Como radio show on March 12, 1943.[9] The fifteen-minute program aired on CBS every weekday afternoon.[10] Shortly after he went on the air with this show, he was offered an engagement at New York's Copacabana night club; one week later, he signed a recording contract with RCA Victor.[11][12] Como continued with the CBS radio program until he was offered the opportunity to have his own sponsored evening radio program on NBC, The Chesterfield Supper Club, which he moved to on December 11, 1944.[13][14][15]

When Como went on the air for CBS, the 1942–44 musicians' strike was in full force. The strike by union musicians was meant to force the record companies into paying royalties to their members. Union musicians were able to play live engagements and for radio programs, but not for any recordings until the strike was settled. Record companies used background vocal groups during this time to replace the striking musicians on studio recordings. The only exception to the ban was made for V-Discs after October 27, 1943, which were distributed to the Armed Forces. During this time, vocalists could only be heard with full orchestral backing in a concert setting or on radio broadcasts.[16][17]

Como's first recording for RCA Victor, "Goodbye Sue", was recorded three months after he began his radio program. Because of the strike, it was recorded without the use of studio musicians.[11][12] A version of the song with full musical accompaniment was not recorded until 1944 for the V-Disc program.[18] Como performed the song on his Columbia Presents Como radio program with the backing of the Raymond Scott Orchestra and it is one of the selections in this box set. As is the case with compilation albums produced from broadcast transcripts, there is also the opportunity to hear the singer perform many songs which he or she never recorded otherwise.

The recordings on this 3 disk box set are taken from transcripts of Como's radio programs for CBS in 1943.[19] On the Air originally issued these disks individually in 1996 under the titles The Perry Como Shows-1943: Volume 1, The Perry Como Shows-1943: Volume 2, and The Perry Como Shows-1943: Volume 3.[20][21][22] Como is heard throughout with the Raymond Scott Orchestra; the orchestra also has some instrumental tracks in the collection.[10]

Track listing[edit]

^ Instrumental by the Raymond Scott Orchestra

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foster, Ernest (9 July 1944). "Close Shave For Crooner". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Bob (25 August 1985). "Cool, calm singer Perry Como just missed being a barber". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Daniel, Jesse (23 June 1946). "Perry Como Sings For His Supper". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Perry Como Abjured Imitation, Rose to Top on His Own Merits". Montreal Gazette. 7 January 1947. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Sher, Jack (23 March 1947). "He Got Rich Quick". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Perry Como Gets More 'Swoons' Than Anyone". St. Petersburg Times. 25 July 1943. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Special Perry Como RCA Victor 10th Anniversary section (pages 18-24). Billboard. 4 July 1953. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Eyeman, Scott (4 January 1991). "Perry Como Still Relaxed, Singing To Sold-out House". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Harold V. (5 March 1943). "The Drama Desk". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Hogeland, William. "Perry Como and the Raymond Scott Orchestra". On the Air. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "'Goodbye, Sue'". Kokomo. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Former Barber Perry Como Did Well In The Last 50 Years". Gainesville Sun. 23 June 1983. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Robert (23 November 1947). "Crosby Takes It Easy, But So Does Perry Como". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ Macfarlane, Malcolm, ed. (2009), Perry Como: A Biography and Complete Career Record, McFarland, p. 310, ISBN 0-7864-3701-4, retrieved 2010-04-28 
  15. ^ "Two Gypsy Folk Tales". Ottawa Citizen. 8 August 1949. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Recording Sessions-1943-1949". Kokomo. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  17. ^ One Year of the Record Ban. Billboard. 1943. p. 81. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Goodbye, Sue-1944 V-Disc Version". Internet Archive. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "On The Radio- The Perry Como Shows 1943". Amazon. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Perry Como Shows-1943:Volume 1". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  21. ^ "The Perry Como Shows-1943: Volume 2". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "The Perry Como Shows-1943: Volume 3". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2011.