No Other LovePerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

~ from the 1953 Stage Musical "Me and Juliet"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Williamson Music Inc. ~ ASCAP
With Henri René's Orchestra and Chorus
Produced by Hugo Winterhalter
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording Time 3:12
Recorded May 19, 1953   ~   Matrix No. E3VB-1313 Take 1 - 1A
Single release: RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-5317-A
Single Flip Side: "Keep It Gay"
US Chart Position No. 1
Single release: RCA-78EP-109-B ( Yellow Label ), 1955
Matrix No. F2PW-4908
Single Flip Side: "Tulips and Heather"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0813
Single Flip Side: "One Little Candle"
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Wanted" EPA-563 MONO 1954
No Other Love / Keep It GayPerry Como ~  Wanted  45 RPM Extended Play Album

Composer Richard Rodgers borrowed from himself for the melody for this lovely ballad from the show 'Me and Juliet'. The melody was originally a theme called Beneath the Southern Cross, which Rodgers had composed for 'Victory at Sea', the TV series about World War II.  Perry's vocal version climaxes in a full-voiced high note ending that is superb singing and makes for dramatic listening. Como's tine control and the ease with which he soars to the top of his register, as critic Henry Pleasants noted, 'so easy, so natural, so inevitable. Como sings so well that few notice how well he sings.'

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

Notes: ~ the original music of this song was the haunting theme "Beneath the Southern Cross" written for the television series "Victory at Sea" telecast by NBC-TV for twenty-six weeks during 1952-1953. Lyrics were added by Oscar Hammerstein and as a song it was introduced by Isabel Bigley and Richard Hayes in the Stage musical "Me and Juliet" and recorded by Perry in May of 1953. The song appears to one of Perry's favourites and he performed it many times 'live' in public performance and on television but he never again recorded it.

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