Perry Como was one of the most popular crooners in American music, a laid back superstar before the word was coined with a relaxed style that made him a perfect TV personality during the uptight 50s. From 1950 until 1963 he hosted the hour long Perry Como Show, a variety program that featured him singing viewer’s requests as well as pop standards. After the show ended, he made monthly and seasonal specials for NBC until he retired to Florida in 1987. He died quietly in 2001, six days before his 89th birthday. Como received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987; he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.