Perry's career was skyrocketing in 1946 when this stunning performance of a Russ Columbo favourite was issued. It became an immediate hit, sold well over a million copies, and was a must at any Como appearance. So even Perry was amazed when he forgot the words while singing it at a concert in Cleveland in 1971. 'Can you imagine me forgetting the words to Prisoner of Love,' he said, grinning, after the show. 'I used to work with the idiot cards ( prompting cue cards ) on my TV show all the time, and I guess I just came to depend too much on them.' It's never happened again, and a good thing too — Prisoner of Love remains one of Perry's most requested songs to this day.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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|At the beginning of World War II, the War department, through the Army Services Forces — Special Services Division, distributed thousands of shellac phonograph records (V DISCS) to Army Forces throughout the world. Shortly after the Army's program started, the U.S. Navy became involved in the program, appointing E.P. DiGiannantonio to run the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard programs.|
|In December 1944, Perry Como began a long association with the Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Company and its "Chesterfield Supper Club" series on NBC Radio ( Monday to Friday, 7:00-7:15 P.M. ). During the V-Disc years, accompanying orchestras included those of Ted Steele, Lloyd Shaffer, Carl Kress and Mitchell Ayres. Ted Steele's Orchestra accompanied Perry on the Chesterfield broadcasts from December 11, 1944, through to July 27, 1945.|
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