Picks and Pans Review: Perry Como
Long before the term "laid-back" was coined and then overused, Perry Como was living the concept. Now, after 47 years in show business, the 68-year-old onetime barber sounds remarkably unchanged. In Como's case, not being born with a great voice has turned out to be an advantage. His special qualities—ease of delivery, timing and a shrewd choice of material—are unaffected by time, though a few of his hits, like Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba), Papa Loves Mambo and Hot Diggity, are still embarrassing. This, Perry's 82nd LP, is typically reassuring and includes nicely measured renditions of two recent show tunes, Stephen Sondheim's Not White I'm Around from Sweeney Todd and the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart song from Barnum, The Colors of My Life. Bravo, Mr. C.