Pop Chronicles Interviews #135 - Perry Como

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  1. Microphone check 0:00:20
  2. Performers he liked at beginning of career; Russ Colombo, influence of Bing Crosby; Donald Novis; Nick Lucas 0:04:22
  3. His casual manner; "Night and Day" anecdote and cue cards 0:02:40
  4. Ad libbing, cue cards, and prompters; transition from radio to television; Chesterfield Supper Club Radio Days with Jo Stafford; Johnny Johnston 0:04:31
  5. Johnny Johnston continued; Chesterfield shows continued; Kraft Music Hall; Jo Stafford; Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers; Ted Steele; Martin Block; selection of songs to record; Dave and Jack Kapp at Decca; "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes"; Eddie Fisher story; studio anecdote; "Hot Diggity"; "When You Were Sweet Sixteen" 0:06:49
  6. Other songs; reissue of "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" and "Heartaches"; playing the guiro; Ted Weems' band; "Rainbow on the River"; song pluggers; getting out of doing a song; Elmo Tanner; career longevity; rapport with audience 0:07:28
  7. Rapport with audience continued; respect for audience; Friars luncheon for Don Rickles; Jackie Leonard, Flip Wilson; Johnny Carson; other people come in, Gilliland asks for autograph; "Watermelon Weather" song; "Rainbow on the River," with singing 0:06:38
  8. Different recording with music in the background (identified as Como around 2:30): various anecdotes about audience interaction; Las Vegas incident 0:03:05
  9. Don Knotts; "Temptation"; Bing Crosby; Jo Stafford 0:03:32
  10. Jo Stafford continued; "'Til the End of Time"' Eli Overstein; initial pressings; "Prisoner of Love"; "Hubba Hubba"; "Faraway Places"; "Rumors Are Flying"; "Rambling Rose"; Nate "King" Cole; "when television was fun"; trees on set; the taping process; question about applause for a song "that really isn't yours"; Como responds; audience behavior; contemporary music compared to when he started; Burt Bacharach; Jimmy Webb; young artists paying their dues 0:11:02
  11. Anecdote about "Frankie" (possibly Lyman); interview concludes 0:02:33


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Perry Como for the Pop Chronicles radio program series. This recording includes discussion of sexual harassment.

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Gilliland, John August 26, 1971.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Perry Como for the Pop Chronicles radio program series. This recording includes discussion of sexual harassment.

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1 recording (53 min., 0 sec.)


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  • Accession or Local Control No: John_Gilliland_Collection_135_-_Perry_Como
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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • August 26, 1971

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  • June 24, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

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  • June 25, 2020, 3 p.m.

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #135 - Perry Como, audio recording, August 26, 1971; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1703852/: accessed September 25, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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