Yesterday & Today ~ A Celebration In Song ~ RCA Records Label 1993CD Box Set Vol. 1Perry Como In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas
 
Yesterday & Today ~ A Celebration In Song
VOLUME ONE
 
Goodbye Sue
~ Perry's first recording for RCA Victor from June, 1943
original flip side "There'll Soon Be a Rainbow" and re-released on "B" side of "Temptation" in 1945
Words and Music by Jimmy Rule, Lou Ricca and Jules Loman, 1943
Recorded a cappella during the American Federation of Musicians ( AFM ) recording ban with Mixed Chorus
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, June 20, 1943
US Chart Position No. 20
 
Long Ago (  And Far Away  ) 
~  a double charted single from February, 1944, the "B" flip side to "I Love You"
from the 1944 Hollywood musical "Cover Girl"
Music by Jerome Kern and lyrics Ira Gershwin, 1944
Recorded a cappella during the American Federation of Musicians ( AFM ) recording ban with Mixed Chorus
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, February 8, 1944
US Chart Position No. 8
 
I Dream of You (  More Than You Dream I Do  ) 
Words and Music by Marjorie Goetschius and Edna Osser, 1944
With Orchestra Conducted by Lew Martin
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 1, New York City, December 8, 1944
US Chart Position No. 10
 
Temptation
~ from the MGM film "Going Hollywood"
Music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed , 1933
With Orchestra Conducted by Ted Steele
Produced by Lew Martin
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 27, 1945
US Chart Position No. 15
 
Till the End of Time
~ adapted from Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major
Words and Music by Ted Mossman and Buddy Kaye, 1945
With Orchestra Conducted by Russell Case
Produced by Herb Hendler
Recorded at Lottos Club, New York City, July 3, 1945
US Chart Position No. 1
 
Prisoner of Love
~ introduced and featured by Russ Columbo in 1931
Music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill with lyrics by Leo Robin, 1931
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
Produced by Eli Oberstein and Herb Hendler
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, December 18, 1945
US Chart Position No. 1
 
A Garden in the Rain
~ a popular single for Perry from March, 1946, released again in 1947
With the Orchestra of Russ Case and The Satisfiers
Music by Carroll Gibbons and lyrics by James Dyrenforth, 1929
With the Orchestra of Russ Case and the Satisfiers
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 14, 1946
US Chart Position No. 22
 
They Say It's Wonderful
~ from the musical production "Annie Get Your Gun" and Published 1946
Words & Music by Irving Berlin
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, April 2, 1946
US Chart Position No. 4
 
If I'm Lucky
~ from the 20th Century-Fox film "If I'm Lucky"
Words and Music by Eddie Delange and Joseph Myrow
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, July 15, 1946
US Chart Position No. 19
 
Sonata
Music by Alex Alstone 
with lyrics by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl, 1947
With Orchestra under the direction of Lloyd Shaffer
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
US Chart Position No. 9
 
Song of Songs
~  a popular single from January, 1947, with flip side "Easter Parade"
An English translation of the French song "Chanson du Coeur Brise"
Music by Harold Vicars and lyrics by Clarence Lucas , 1914
Original French lyrics by Maurice Vancaire
With Orchestra Conducted by Lloyd Shaffer
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, January 23, 1947
 
Far Away Places
~  a popular single for Perry from December, 1948
nineteen weeks on "Your Hit Parade" in 1949 for Crosby, Whiting & Perry
Words and Music by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney, 1948
With Orchestra Conducted by Henri René
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, December 14, 1948
US Chart Position No. 4
 
Blue Room
~ from the 1948 M-G-M film "Words and Music"
Words and Music by Rodgers and Hart, 1926
With Chorus and Orchestra directed by Henri René
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at NBC Studio 3, New York City, December 17, 1948
US Chart Position No. 18
 
With a Song in My Heart
~ from the 1948 M-G-M film "Words and Music"
Words and Music by Rodgers and Hart, 1926
With Chorus and Orchestra directed by Henri René
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at NBC Studio 3, New York City, December 23, 1948
 
Forever and Ever
~  a double charted single from January, 1949, with flip side "I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore"
Music and original German lyrics by Franz Winkler
English lyrics by Malia Rosa, 1949
With Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, January 14, 1949
US Chart Position No. 2
 
"A" ~ You're Adorable
~  a No. 1 hit single from March, 1949, the "B" flip side to "When Is Sometime?"
Music by Sidney Lippman with lyrics by Fred Wise and Buddy Kaye, 1948
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Fontane Sisters
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 1, 1949
US Chart Position No. 2
 
Some Enchanted Evening
~ from the 1949 Stage musical "South Pacific"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
With Orchestra Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 1, 1949
US Chart Position No. 1
 
Bali Ha'i
~ from the musical production "South Pacific"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
With Orchestra Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Charles Grean and J. Burgess
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 1, 1949
US Chart Position No. 1
 
I Wanna Go Home (  With You  ) (  alternate take  )  
~ recorded by Perry in August, 1949
Words and Music by Jack Joyce and Joe Candullo
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Fontane Sisters
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, August 11, 1949
US Chart Position No. 18
 
Hoop-Dee-Doo
~  double charted single from March, 1950, with flip side "On The Outgoing Tide"
Music Milton de Lugg and lyrics by Frank Loesser
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Fontane Sisters
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City, March 16, 1950
US Chart Position No. 18
 
A Bushel and A Peck
Introduced by Vivian Blaine in the musical production "Guy's and Dolls"
Words and Music by Frank Loesser, 1950
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Betty Hutton
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded in RCA's Studio 2, New York City, September 12, 1950
US Chart Position No. 3
 
If
a Gold Record for Perry in 1951
Music by Tolchard Evans, lyrics by Robert Hargreaves and Stanley J. Damerell , 1934
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City, November 28, 1950
US Chart Position No. 1
 
Black Moonlight
~ from the motion picture musical "Too Much Harmony"
Music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Sam Coslow, 1933
With Orchestra and Chorus directed by Sigmund Romberg and Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Mr. Bergman and Hugo Winterhalter
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City, December 5, 1950
 
Without a Song
from the 1929 musical production "Great Day"
Music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra and Chorus
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City, January 11, 1951
 
Yesterday & Today ~ A Celebration In Song ~ RCA Records Label 1993Volume TwoVolume Three
24 TRACKS ON DISK 1 ARE MONAURAL
23 TRACKS ON DISK 2 ARE MONAURAL PLUS 2 STEREO STEREO
22 TRACKS ON DISK 3 STEREO
 
RCA VICTOR 07863-660982 DISK 1 1993 BMG Music
Chronological compilation 1943 — 1987
 
All selections transferred to digital from original metal parts, analog master, first generation session and/or master tapes and/or molds where available ~ "You Are Never Far Away From Me" (complete version) — "Try A Little Tenderness" — "Unchained Melody" — "Bumming Around" are released here for the first time ~ "Delaware" and "The Summer Wind" are released here in Living Stereo for the first time ~ "I Wanna Go Home (With You), recorded with the Fontane Sisters, is an alternate 'take' to the original release ~ Both "The Summer Wind" and "Bumming Around" were recorded with the Anita Kerr Quartet during the summer following Mr. Como's first recordings in Nashville in 1965 and his debut album "The Scene Changes" RCA Victor LPM/LSP 3396
 
Compilation Produced by Paul Williams
Audio Restoration by Bill Lacey
Digital Re-mastering by Bill Lacey, Dick Baxter, Edward Tallia

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