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Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1912, Pierino Ronald Como was the seventh of the 13 children of Pietro Como (1877–1945), a mill hand and an amateur baritone, and Lucia Travaglini (1883–1961). Pietro and Lucia emigrated from the town of Palena, in the province of ChietiAbruzzo, in 1910 and Perry was the first of their children born in the United States. The Comos spoke Italian at home so Perry did not begin speaking English until he entered school. They had a second-hand organ  (more)

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