Music: Blue Chip

Perry Como is one of the blue-chip men of the crooning business; in ten years his records have sold close to 35 million copies. Most of his hits have been well-mannered, smoothly sung ballad numbers, such as Prisoner of Love, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, If. And until two years ago, he had his regular share of smash successes (1,000,000 records or more) with this formula. Then Perry hit a slump.

His best new numbers were selling only about 200,000 to 300,000 copies, and while such sales would be seventh heaven to many a singer, they made Como think. Last summer he was...

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