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Perry Como

Perry Como (singer, born May 18, 1912, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; died May 12, 2001) When he was an 11-year-old apprentice sweeping floors and stropping razors in Steve Fragapane's three-chair barber shop in the small mining town of Canonsburg, PA, he dreamed of cutting hair. Several years later, as owner of his own shop, he began to think he would like to sing like a young newcomer to the musical scene called Bing Crosby. He contented himself with serenading his customers with this new style of delivery as he cut their hair and shaved their whiskers until, at the urging of a friend, he traveled to Lorain, Ohio, to audition as a vocalist with Freddy Carlone's dance band. That trip launched him on his way to a star. Born Pierino Ronald Como, Perry was the seventh son of a seventh son in a family of 13 children, and he started helping out in the local barber shop to earn extra money for the family at the age of 10.