'My oldest is 36', Perry noted recently, 'but
when either of us enters or leaves a house, we hug and kiss. We all do. I
think husbands and wives, parents and children, should always show their
love for each other.' And more than any other song in this album, 'Bless
This House' displays clearly the sincerity and depth of Perry's feelings
about home and family life. It dates back to 1927, when two Englishwomen,
poetess Helen Taylor and composer May H. Brae, published a hymn called
'Bless the House'. Irish tenor John McCormack heard their song , liked
it, added it to his repertoire and started it on the road to popularity. But
first he suggested that the title and words be changed to the way this
favourite is sung today.
Notes: ~ This
spiritual song from England has had popular recordings by
Risė Stevens on Columbia, Eileen Farrell on Decca and Mahalia Jackson on Apollo. This song has been a perennial
favourite of Mr. Como, which was recorded for his 1952
45RPM Extended Play album "Perry Como Sings His
Favorite Songs of Worship" and later included within
the 1956 expanded version of "I Believe"
re-released in the 12" long play format. The same
recording was re-released thirty years later within his
1982 Christmas compilation "I Wish It Could Be
Christmas Forever" first on vinyl and then on
compact disc. He performed "Bless this House"
several times on his television specials but most
memorably on his 1980 Christmas Special filmed in
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee ( Christmas In the Holy
Land ) with special guest Richard Chamberlain.