A Perry Como Christmas ~ 2001
 
A PERRY COMO
CHRISTMAS
 
Carol Medley
Caroling, Caroling — The First NoŽl — Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — Silent Night
(a) Caroling, Caroling ~ Words and Music by Wihla Hutson and Alfred Burt
(b) The First NoŽl ~ Traditional Christmas Music
(c) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ~ Music by Felix Mendelssohn and lyrics by Charles Wesley
(d) Silent Night ~ Words and Music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with The Ray Charles Singers,
Recorded in  Webster Hall, New York City
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City ( remakes only )
Recorded July 9th ~ August 6th, 1968
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley and Ray Hall and Bob Simpson
 
Love in a Home ( from "Li'l Abner" )
Music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with the Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City June 5, 7, 12 & 19, 1968
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
The Christmas SymphonyOriginal recording monaural only.MONO
Words and Music by Phil Perry, Joe Candullo and Charles Faso Reade
Walt Disney Music Company
With Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York City
Recorded August 15, 1950
 
There is No Christmas Like a Home ChristmasOriginal recording monaural only.MONO
Words and Music by Carl Sigman and Mickey J. Addy
With Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York City
Recorded August 15, 1950
 
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town Original recording monaural only.MONO
Words and Music by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots , 1934
With Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recorded August 1, 1946
 
Christmas Dream ( with The London Boy Singers )
~ from the original 1974 Columbia Pictures film soundtrack "The Odessa File"
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by and Tim Rice
with German lyrics by Andrť Heller
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Pete Spargo
London recordings conducted by Anthony Bowles and Alan Doggett
Recorded in London and New York ( RCA's Studio C )
Recorded August 7, 1974
 
Christmas Eve
Music by Gerard Andre Biesel and lyrics by Ray Charles
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with The Ray Charles Singers,
Recorded in  Webster Hall, New York City
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City ( remakes only )
Recorded July 9th ~ August 6th, 1968
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley and Ray Hall and Bob Simpson
 
What Love Is Made Of
Words and Music by Paul Vance, Jack Segal and Eddie Snyder
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City, February 15, 1967
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
My Favorite Things
~ from "The Sound of Music" 1959, 1965
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
( The ) Bells of St. Mary's
Music by A. Emmett Adams 
with lyrics by Douglas Furber, 1917
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recorded June 14, 1962 ( Unreleased Session Track )
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
( There's No Place Like ) Home for the Holidays
Music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Al Stillman 1954
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Recorded July 14, 1959
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
( The ) Christmas Song ( Merry Christmas to You )
Music by Mel Tormť and lyrics by Robert Wells, 1946
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Recorded July 15, 1959
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
The Father of Girls
Words and Music by Ervin M. Drake
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with the Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City December 29, 1967
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
Turnaround
Words and Music by Alan Green, Harry Belafonte and Malvina Reynolds
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with the Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City June 7, 1968
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
Here We Come A-Caroling — We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional arranged by Ray Charles
With  The Ray Charles Singers
Words and Music by Adolphe Charles Adam
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Recorded July 13, 14 and 15, 1959
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
All Through The Night
Traditional Old Welsh Air Arranged by Ray Charles
Produced by Joe Reisman
With The Ray Charles Singers & Organ accompaniment
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York, June 18, 1958
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever
~ recorded for Perry Como's French-Canadian Christmas Television Special, 1981
Music by Nick Perito and lyrics by Richard B. Matheson
 
Love is Spreading Over the World  
Music by Neil Sedaka and lyrics by Howard Greenfield
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Manning
Unidentified Vocal Accompaniment
Recorded May 5, 1970
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
 
I Know What God Is
Words and Music by Don Raye, Ned Freeman and John G. Bowen
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
O Holy Night
With Gloria D'Agostini on Harp and The Ray Charles Singers
Words and Music by Adolphe Charles Adam
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Recorded July 13, 14 and 15, 1959
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
The Story of the First Christmas: ( Medley )
Adapted by John A. Richards with musical arrangements by Mitchell Ayres
Narration with Christmas carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem; Come, Come, Come to the Manger;
The First NoŽl; O Come All Ye Faithful; We Three Kings of Orient Are; Silent Night
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Recorded July 13, 14 and 15, 1959
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
 
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Words and Music by Phillips Brooks
and Lewis H. Redner
 
Come, Come, Come to the Manger
Traditional Christmas Music
Adapted by Mitchell Ayres
 
The First NoŽl
Traditional Christmas Music
 
O Come All Ye Faithful
Latin Hymn translated by Frederick Oakeley
 
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Adapted by Mitchell Ayres and Jack Andrews
 
Silent Night
Words and Music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
 
Ave Maria ( Schubert )Originally recorded in Stereo
~ recorded at the Manhattan Center in October, 1959
With Male Voices of the Robert Shaw Chorale 
& Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Original Music by Franz Schubert 
Produced by Charles Grean
 
A Perry Como Christmas ~ 2001A Perry Como Christmas ~ 2001
 
CD RCA 07863 68041 - 2
1 DISC  ~ 22 TRACKS 75:08
ALL TRACKS STEREO EXCEPT AS NOTED IN MONAURALOriginal recording monaural only.
 
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Paul Williams for House of Hits Productions, Ltd.
Audio Restoration: Bill Lacey
Digital Transfers: Mike Hartrey
Project Director: Victoria Sarro
Compiled and Sequenced by: George Townsend
Essay: George Townsend
 

Credits compilation:

Conductors: Russ Case, Mitchell Ayres, Ray Charles, Nick Perito, Marty Manning

Contractors: Henry "Hank Ross" Ross, Robert Rosengarden, Sandy Block

Accordion ~ Nicholas Perito, Charles Magnante

Cello ~ Abram Borodkin, Alan Shulman, Anthony Sophos, Bernard Greenhouse, Charles McCracken, F. Miller, George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro, Kermit Moore, Lucien Schmit, Maurice Brown, Ralph Oxman, Seymour Barab

Bass & String Bass ~ Robert Haggart, Jack Lesberg 

Bass ~ Arnold Fishkin, George Duvivier, Robert Haggart

Drums ~ Terry Snyder, Norris Shawker, Ted Sommer, Ronald Zito, Grady Tate, Donald Lamond, Robert Rosengarden, Arthur Maretti, Donald McDonald, Robert Gregg

Conga ~ Ray Barretto

Clarinet/Flute/Oboe ~ George Marge, Philip Bodner

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Flute ~ Abraham Richman

Flute/Alto Flute/Clarinet ~ Peter Fanelli, Joseph Soldo, Sidney Jekowsky, R. Beckebstein, Stanley Webb

Flute/Oboe ~ Sidney Weinberg

Flute/Clarinet/Piccolo ~ Harvey Estrin, Sid Cooper, Walter Levinsky, A.S. Richman, I. Horowitz

Reeds ~ Joseph Soldo, Philip Bodner, Romeo Penque, Sidney Jerkowsky, Peter Fanelli,

Guitar ~ Danny Perri, Anthony Mottola, Dick Dia, Al Casamenti, Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale, Don Arnone, Everett Barksdale, Allen Hanlon, Vinnie Bell, Ron Carter, Gerry Jemmott, David Spinoza

Harp ~ Reinhardt Elister, Elaine Vito Ricci, Myor Rosen, Gloria Agostini, Lucille Lawrence, Margaret Ross, Robert Maxwell, Laura Newell

Percussion ~ Douglass Allan, Harry Breuer, Philip Kraus, George Devons

Vibes/Cymbals ~ David Carey

Vibes/Tambourine/Bells ~ Jack Jennings

Piano ~ Henry Rowland, Cy Mann, Derek Smith, Andrew Ackers, Joseph Harnell

Organ/Piano ~ Dick Hyman

Ukulele ~ Jack Lathrope

Sax ~ Abraham Richman, Bernard Kaufman, Harold Feldman, Harry Terrill, Henry Ross, Jack Fulton, Philip Zolkind, Stanley Webb,

Trumpet ~ Bernard Privin, Carl Severinson, Gordon Griffin, James Maxwell, James Milazzo, Joseph Ferrante, Melven Davis, Melven Solomon,

Trombone ~ Alan Raph, Bart Varsalona Buddy Morrow, Felix Giardina, John D'Agostino, Lou McGarity, Raymond De Sio, Robert Alexander, Robert Byrne, Tony Studd, Warren Covington,

Will Bradley, William Pritchard,

Violin ~ A. Breuning, Alexander Cores, Arnold Eidus, Arthur Bogin, B. Eichen, Carmel Malignaggi, Charles Fleischmann, Dave Novales, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Felix Orlewitz, Fred Baron, Fred Buldrini, George Ockner, Harry Katzman, Harry Melnikoff, Harry Glickman, Harry Urbont, Jack Zayde, John Rublowsky, Joseph Malignaggi (Malin), Julius Schacter, Julius Held, Kurt Dieterle, Leo Kahn, Leo Kruczek, Matthew Raimondi, Mac Ceppos,

Marc Brown, Maurice Hershaft, Maurice Wilk, Max Cahn, Max Hollander, Max Pollikoff, Milton Lomask, Michael Spivakowsky, P. Cianci, Paul Gershman, Paul Winter, Peter Buonconsiglio, Raoul Poliakin, Samuel Rand, Sidney Harris, Stanley Karpienia, Sylvan Shulman, Tosha Samaroff, Zelly Smirnoff,

Viola ~ Alfred Brown, David Mankovitz, David Schwartz, Emanuel Vardi, George Brown, Harold Coletta, Harold Furmansky, H. Zaratzian, Howard Kay, Isadore Zir, Karen Tuttle, Leon Frengut, Murray Sandry, Samuel Pursoff, Selwart Clarke, Solomon Deutsch, Theodore Israel, Vardi Emanuel

French Horn ~ Anthony Miranda, Fred Klein, James Chambers, James Buffington, John Barrows, Joseph DeAngelis

Copyist ~ Willey Forman, Jack Hansen, Edna Forman, Steve Prisby, Wedo Maresco

Artist & Repertoire ~ Charles Grean, Lee Schapiro, Henri Renť, Hugo Winterhalter & J. Burgess, Hugo and Luigi, Andy Wiswell, Ernie Altschuler

The Ray Charles Singers ~

Adrienne Albert, Alan Sokoloff, Ann Lindamead, Ann Ryan McCord, Arlene Martell, Art Lang, Arthur Malvin, Barbara Nelson, Barbara Stevens, Bernice Massi, Bettye Marshall, Bill Ruthenburg, Bob Harris, Bob Hartman, Bob Miller, Bob Spiro, Bruce Baggett, Camilla Duncan,

Charles Magruder, Christine Spencer, Connie D. McKechnie, Corinna Manetto, Dave Starkey

Dave Vogel, Dee Wood Georgi, Dean Parker, Dottie Evans, Earl Rodgers, Edwin Lindstrom,

Eileen Gilbert, Elizabeth Mulliner Luboff, Elisie Bretton. Eric Carlson, Eugene Lowell, Francine Caroll, Georgia Tray, Gene Steck, Gretchen Rhoads, Helene Miles, Herb Davidson, Jack Brown, Jack Manno, James Daugherty, Jerry Duane, Jinx Liebinger, Joyce DeYoung, Joyce Ferrin, Julie Christman, June Magruder, Kenneth Bridges, Lee Book, Leonard Stea, Lila Farmer, Lillian Clark, Linda November, Lois Winter, Lou Angel, Louise Davis Stewart, Marc Pressel, Margaret Wright, Marie Crittenden, Marlene Verplanck, Marilyn Jackson, Marilyn Palmer, Marianne Koerner, Marsha Heil, Maretha Stewart, Mary Sue Berry, Michael Stewart, Mona Elson, Muriel Shaw, Nancy Price, Pat Benton, Peggy Kopper, Peggy Powers, Rae Whitney, Ray Charles ~ contractor, Ray Drakley, Robert Eaton, Robert Hartman, Robert Spiro, Rose Marie Jun, Sara Jane Tallman, Stephen Steck, Sue Singleton, Susan Terry, Suzanne Shaw, Tom Kampman, Tom Motto, Trudy Packer, Virginia Leibinger, William Elliott, William Glover, William Ventura

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