Bless This House

Words and Music by Helen Taylor and May H. Morgan ( a.k.a. Brahe ), 1927
With Mixed Chorus and Women's Choir
Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
with Organ Accompaniment by Charles Marie Courboin
Recorded at The Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City
Produced by Charles Grean
Recording Time 2:51
Recorded June 26th, 1950  ~  Matrix No. E0VB - 4938  Take 1
Recorded June 29th, 1950  ~  Matrix No. E0VB - 4938  Take 1A
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-3850-A
RCA-45RPM 47-3850 ( 1950 )
Single Flip Side: "The Rosary"
Discos RCA Victor Argentina: RCA 63-0229
Single Flip Side: "The Rosary"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0104
Single Flip Side: "The Rosary"
Album issue: RCA-45RPM-EP "Favorite Songs of Worship" EPA-293 MONO 1952
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "I Believe" LPM-1172 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP  "I Believe" EPB-1172 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP  "Perry Como Highlighter" SPD-28 MONO 1957
Album reissue: RCA-LP12 "I Believe" LPE-1172 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1961
Album: RCA-UK EP "I Believe" RCX-161 MONO U/K
Album issue: Box Set "The Best of Perry Como" RD UK STEREO GBPC-6A 1971
Album re-issue: Pure Gold-LP12 "I Believe" ANL1- 1137 (e) ELECTRONIC STEREO 1975
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever" AYL1-4526 MONO 1982
Perry Como Sings His Favorite Songs of WorshipI Believe ~ original 12" LP 1956I Believe - 45 Extended Play version 8 tracks
Perry Como - Bless this House - Australia EP issuePerry Como Highlighter ~ Kleenex TissuesPerry Como ~ I Believe  LPE-1172  circa 1965
I Believe ~ UK 45 Extended Play AlbumThe Best of Perry Como - Reader's Digest UK 1971I Believe ~ ANL1 1137 (e) circa 1975I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever ~ 1982
'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 from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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.

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