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Hometown Honors Perry Como

December 10, 1997

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Ah, the Fourth of July. Parades, fireworks, red, white and blue decorations _ and Perry Como.

A statue depicting the singer is scheduled to be unveiled July 4 here in his hometown, 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Canonsburg already has a street named in honor of Como, the singer of ``If,″ ``Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes,″ ``Wanted,″ and ``Hot Diggity.″

Mayor Dan Caruso, who keeps a large collection of Como memorabilia in his office, wants to capitalize on Como’s fame to attract tourists.

``The number one industry in Pennsylvania is tourism, and we get people coming in here every summer and they stop in my office and they ask for Perry Como Street,″ Caruso said.

Como, 85, who lives in Jupiter, Fla., has been asked to attend the dedication of the statue.

``Perry will do everything he can to be at the dedication,″ Caruso said. ``If he can’t make it, members of his family will be here.″

Singer Bobby Vinton is also a native of Canonsburg. Caruso said Vinton may get a statue later.

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