1956 Perry Como – Juke Box Baby
Many of the crooners from the forties were unable to keep their careers alive through the fifites, but one of the most successful was Perry Como. While everybody else seemed to focus on radio, Perry was savvy enough to see the future of entertainment early on. He was the host of the Chesterfield Supper Club on NBC radio beginning in 1948. The fifteen minute weekly show was also simulcast on television and expanded to three fifteen minute shows each week on CBS.
In 1955, Perry signed a contract to move from CBS back to NBC with a weekly one hour variety show that continued through 1967.
Perry’s first hit single in 1956 was Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom), which easily topped the Hot 100 that year. Meanwhile, the b-side of the single got a lot of promotion from Perry’s performances on his shows, and Juke Box Baby broke into the top ten on its own merits. The song even mentioned the lyric, “Ko-Ko-Mo,” which had been a hit for Perry in 1955.
Perry continued to record hits for several decades, and his last top forty hit came in 1973.
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