A Hollywood composer and arranger and, for 40 years, the closest collaborator of singer Perry Como.
Perito's start in music was at an early age, when he received an accordion as a gift from his parents.
Being drafted in 1943 took him to New York, where he served as an Army medic in World War II; he also played piano and did musical arrangements for the Army band.
Perito went home to Denver to marry his high school sweetheart, Judy Stone, and worked at Denver's KOA with his own weekday radio program in 1946.
His first association with Perry Como came through Como's arranger, Ray Charles, in the early 1950s. Como had recorded a novelty song, "Hoop-De-Doo", and Perito was hired to accompany him on accordion for television performances of the song. He became the musical director of United Artists Records in 1961.
Perito became the singer's music director and conductor. Como credited Perito with the idea of making his 1987 album, Today. Perito worked with Como through his last performance:
He was also the musical director for the American Film Institute awards, as well as The Don Knotts Variety Show, Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television specials.
He became the musical director for Bob Hope in 1993.
He died August 4, 2005 (aged 81)
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