Twenty years ago, on May 12, 2001, American singer and TV presenter Perry Como died aged 88.

Mr C, as he was known, had a stellar recording career. He scored 14 US No.1 singles, from 150 US chart hits and over 25 UK chart hits, including the singles ‘Magic Moments’ and ‘Catch A Falling Star.’

A star he undoubtedly was, Como was once the highest-paid performer in the history of television and his weekly TV shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world.

In the official RCA Records Billboard magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words:

“50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all.”

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