Hello, Young Lovers ( 1951 version )

~ from the 1951 Stage musical "The King and I"Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II , 1951 
Williamson Music, Inc.
 
1st recording 1951 ~
 
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
 
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording time 3:16
 
Recorded March 20th & 27th, 1951   ~  Matrix No. E1VB-1355 Take 1 - 1A & 2 - 2A
Lyrics ~ 1951 Version
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-4112-A
 
Single Flip Side: "We Kiss in a Shadow"
US Chart Position No. 27
 
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-B-10541 ( October 1953 )
Single Flip Side: "We Kiss in a Shadow"
 
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Rogers and Hammerstein" EPA-409 MONO 1952
 
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Shortly after the hit musical 'The King and I' opened on Broadway, composer Richard Rodgers noted, 'I've tried to tell the story through music. 'The King and I' is truly a musical drama, with every song advancing the plot. We ask the audience to believe that the people are on stage, who face many serious problems of life, will suddenly stop talking and burst into song. We tried to avoid the reality by the singing, and the singing by the reality.' Perry gives the play's Hello, Young Lovers a bright and bouncy reading, making the bittersweet words become happy and hopeful.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

 
Notes: ~ Introduced by Gertrude Lawrence in the 1951 Stage Musical "The King and I". 
Perry had a best-selling record for RCA Victor that same year. In the 1956 Hollywood Musical
it was performed by Deborah Kerr with her voice dubbed on the soundtrack by Marni Nixon.

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