Perry Como, The Best Of The War Years

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Como is classically remembered as the host of a laid-back '50s television variety show that seemed to appeal to the comfy slippers set, hardly the stuff of romantic innuendo; but in the '40s, as the once-barber from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, sowed the seeds of his reputation, he embodied cosmopolitan appeal. He took his cue from Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo (whose "Prisoner of Love" was one of Perry's biggest '40s hits) and his agreeable voice shines on other songs like "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."