Sunday, December 23, 2007


Sixty-one years after it originally became a hit, classic crooner Perry Como's version of “Jingle Bells" has scored the No. 1 spot on Billboard's ringtones chart (with his rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas" coming in at No. 3), bumping Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's “Crank That (Soulja Boy)" down a notch.

Did you know...

“Perry" wasn't his real name?

It was actually Pierino Ronald Como. “Mr. C," as the singer and television personality was occasionally known, was born in 1912 and died in 2001, three years before anyone bothered to keep track of a ringtone's popularity.

Como's songs have been No. 1 before?

“Till the End of Time" was his first No. 1 single, holding the spot for 10 weeks in 1945. Since then, he's had so many hit records that he allegedly asked his label (RCA Victor) to stop having them certified. “Jingle Bells" appeared on his 1946 album, “Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music," giving him his first No. 1-charting LP.


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