For more than fifty years, Perry Como ranked as one of America’s most successful and beloved entertainers. A big band singer in the late 1930s, a radio star in the 1940s and then a TV headliner for more than forty years (beginning with his hosting duties in the late 1940s on The Chesterfield Supper Club through the early 1990s in series and specials that set the standard for variety programming), Como was a warm and welcome presence in tens of millions of households for six decades, charting over 100 hit songs along the way.
Now, for the first time, a collection of Como’s biggest hits from long-lost and newly-restored episodes from his TV series and specials (1948-1988) — including rare color programs and more recently discovered footage — is being presented in Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time which offers a fond look at a talent beloved both on and off the stage and screen.
Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time premieres around the country the weekend of Saturday, June 2, with WLIW airing the weekend of June 9. Hosted by Peter Marshall and Nick Clooney, Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time airs as part of the long-running MY MUSIC series of PBS fund-raising specials.
Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time also features the singer singing duets with Dean Martin, The McGuire Sisters, Lena Horne, Carol Burnett, Bing Crosby and The Lennon Sisters, plus warm remembrances from celebrities like Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin, Jay Leno, Kathy Lennon (of The Lennon Sisters), Leonard Maltin, Richard Carpenter, Debby Boone and Steve Tyrell.