One of the most popular singers of the post-World War II years, Perry Como's vocal style and personal demeanor were always relaxed, unruffled and seemingly untroubled. Como studied the "crooner" style of Bing Crosby and fellow Italian-American Russ Columbo, mellowing it out even further and becoming a beloved presence on radio, record, and television well into the 1960s. Sadly, it's hard to think of another American singer who was as big as Como was, for as long as he was, yet whose recorded legacy has almost completely disappeared from the public consciousness. Though he deserves better, two things have probably kept Como's vast catalogue of songs from seeming relevant decades after they were recorded (the way that Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin's catalogues have). First, Como never fought against the tidal wave of goofy novelty numbers labels and publishers passed his way, so digging out the gems requires some patience. Second, his serene "sailing above the clouds" style lacks the attention to lyrics and the jazz foundation that even Bing Crosby, the king of the lackadaisical crooners, displayed. This is a shame because Como was a very good singer, and much of his m... See More
Perry Como Concert Films
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 42 minSelling over 100 million records worldwide over 6 decades, with hits such as "hey good looking" and "papa loves mambo" both performed here in front of the cameras and presented on this fabulous dvd compilation
Perry Como Top Tracks
Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThis biography of musical legend Benny Goodman contains testimonials from various contemporaries and scholars, and offers several clips of the man in performance. Nearly two-dozen songs can be heard including "California, Here I Come," "A Fine Romance," "Why Don't You Do Right," "I've Got a Heart Full of Music," and "Bugle Cal Rag."
The Judy Garland Show
Runtime: 48 minThis CBS special, filmed in 1962 and colorized in this version, brings together three legends in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin indulge in their usual Rat Pack high jinks, swilling drinks, trading barbs and crooning catchy tunes. But it's Judy Garland in the spotlight here, the crown jewel among gems, belting out classics such as "The Man That Got Away," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and more.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 59 minIn this memorable concert filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1985, pop music legend Engelbert Humperdinck joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform many of his hits. Songs include "Please Release Me," "After the Loving," "Lonely Is a Man Without Love" and "I Just Called To Say I Love You."
In Concert: On Broadway
Harry Connick, Jr.
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minThis musical release from New Orleans jazz musician Harry Connick, Jr. captures a live performance by the singer, recorded at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in July of 2010. Some of the songs that Connick plays with his Big Band in the concert include "We Are in Love," "Recipe for Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," and more. ~ Cammila Collar
Sing Your Song
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minTold with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth.
Legends in Concert: The Gentle Man
Runtime: 44 minJames Travis "Jim" Reeves was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music). Known as "Gentleman Jim", his songs continued to chart for years after his death. Reeves died at age 40 in the crash of a private airplane. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame. Jim Reeves performs at his best in this television special, entertaining a delighted audience with twenty one of his most classic, timeless hits. A must watch for lovers of country and western music and includes best selling hits 'Dear Hearts,' 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,' 'Bimbo,' 'Gentle People' and many more.
A Man and His Music: Part III
Runtime: 52 minFor his 1960s television special, Frank Sinatra organized the show around the loose theme of "rhythm," and chose for his exploration two artists of impeccable credentials: the scat stylings and jazz-influenced delivery of Ella Fitzgerald and the quiet Latin groove of Brazilian bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim. The program combines beautiful ballads ("Ol' Man River," "Put Your Dreams Away") with brassy up-tempo tunes ("Day In, Day Out," "Get Me to the Church on Time"), though one medley includes some forgivable but hardly memorable attempts at contemporary pop, mixing snatches of "How High the Moon" with "Up, Up and Away," "Don't Cry Joe" with "Ode to Billy Joe." The show slows for a relaxed medley with Jobim, who accompanies a lounging, cigarette-smoking Sinatra with guitar and whispering backing vocals while the Voice drops his volume to an intimate conversational tone for "Change Partners," "I Concentrate on You," and Jobim's own "The Girl from Ipanema." Ella duets with Sinatra on two medleys (contributing a fabulous scat rendition of "Stomping at the Savoy"), solos on "Body and Soul," "It's All Right with Me" and "Don't Be That Way," and finally the two burn up the program with one final duet, a high octane, show-stopping performance of "The Lady Is a Tramp," with Nelson Riddle's orchestra driving the brass to keep up.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 46 minIn the 1950s, the easy listening singer embarked on a solo career with a string of hits, propelling him into the limelight as a star. Andy Williams also hosted his own TV show which ran for nine years and this show features him singing with the elite of that era. Also featured on this show are fifteen of Wiliiam's all time classics, including "Just In Time," "You Do Something To Me," "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face" and many more.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 57 minBobby Darin, was an American singer who performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk, and country.
Through the 1960s he became more active politically and worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. He was present with his campaign at the hotel in Los Angeles on the evening of his assassination. Occurring during the same year as he learned of the true nature of his birth, these events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.
Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles.