You Are Never Far AwayPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Allan Roberts 
Roncom Music ASCAP
Full version recorded 1952 ~
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording Engineer: unknown
Recording Time 2:50
Recorded July 17, 1952, Matrix No. E2VB-6697 Take 1 - 1A 

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Theme version recorded 1958 ~
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra 
and The Ray Charles Singers
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A , 155 E. 24th Street, New York City
Recording Time :35 seconds
Recorded March 12, 1958, Matrix No. J2PB-2061 Take 1
March 12, 1958 
A&R Joe Reisman
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Sax ~ Wolffe Taninbaum 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb 
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trumpet ~ Louis Oles 
Trumpet ~ Malven Soloman 
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ Thomas Mitchell 
French Horn ~ Fred Klein 
French Horn ~ John Barrows
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Jack Zayde 
Violin ~ Raoul Poliakin 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Felix Orlewitz  
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Max Hollander 
Violin ~ Maurice Hershaft 
Violin ~ Samuel Rand 
Violin ~ Harry Glickman 
Violin ~ Harry Urbont 
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Viola ~ Leon Frengut 
Viola ~ Soloman Deutsch 
Cello ~ Maurice Brown 
Cello ~ Lucien Schmit 
Cello ~ Harvey Shapiro
Cello ~ Abram Borodkin
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony Mottola
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Ted Sommer 
Drums ~ Philip Kraus
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Harp ~ Gloria Agostini
Contractor: Ray Charles 
Trudy Packer 
Sue Singleton
Carla Houston 
Joyce De Young 
Anne Ryan McCord
Bernice Massi 
Alan Sokoloff 
James Stuart 
Jack Brown 
Robert Harris 
James Stover 
Robert Spiro
Herbert Davidson 
Robert Hartman 
David Vogel 
Leonard Stea  
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Saturday Night With Mr. C." LOP / LSO-1004 MONO / STEREO MAY / JULY 1958
Album issue: RCA-UK-LP12 "Dear Perry" RD-27078 MONAURAL 1959
Album issue: Camden-LP12 "You Are Never Far Away" CAS-2201(e) ELECTRONIC STEREO 1968
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Just For You" DPL1-0513 STEREO 1975
Album issue: KELO MUSIC-LP12 "Perry Como" K-TEL NC-503 MONO 1977
Album issue: RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS-LP12 "The Greatest Hits of Perry Como" DVL2-0362 MONO 1979
Saturday Night With Mr. C. ~ stereo half-track recording tape editionSaturday Night With Mr. C. Dear Perry ~ The Perry Como Show ( UK Release )Perry Como Alla TV
You Are Never Far Away ~ original album 1968Sylvania Presents Just For You ~ circa 1975Perry Como ~ North American K-Tel CompilationThe Greatest Hits of Perry Como - 1979

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Theme version recorded 1961 ~
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Recorded May 17th, 1961, at RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time :40 seconds
Matrix No. M5PW - 2288  Take 1 
Hugo & Luigi ~ Producers
May 15th & 17th, 1961
A Hugo & Luigi Production
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ Melvin Davis
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ Urban Green 
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Abraham Richman 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb 
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony Mottola 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Sonny Igoe 
Drums ~ Arthur Marotti 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Harp ~ Margaret Ross 
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Jack Zayde 
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Harry Urbont 
Violin ~ Max Hollander 
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Felix Orlewitz  
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Cello ~ Maurice Brown 
Cello ~ Alan Shulman 
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Sing To Me Mr. C." LSP-2390 STEREO AUGUST 1961
Sing to Me Mr. C. ~ original album circa 1961Sing To Me Mr. C. ~ Quarter-Track 1961Sing to Me Mr. C. ~ Special UK Version 1971
Orchestral "Closing Theme" version recorded 1970 ~
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
Special Material and Musical Consultant: Ray Charles
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Recorded Live June 25th, 26th, and 27th, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Recording time :50 sec.
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas" LSPX-1001 STEREO 1970
Album issue: RCA-JAPAN-LP12 "Perry Como In Person" R4P-5007 DISCRETE 4 CHANNEL STEREO 1970
Album issue: RCA-UK-LP12 "In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas" SF-8159 STEREO 1970
Album issue: RCA-HOLLAND-LP12 "Perry Como In Concert" NL-42976 STEREO U/K
In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas ~ 1970Japan 4 Channel ReleaseIn Concert ~ Holland Release
Orchestral "Closing Theme" version recorded 1980 ~
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with Vocal Arrangements by Ray Charles
Live recording on location produced by Mike Berniker
Time 31:36 Side A and 28:42 Side B applause and talk included
Recording Engineer: Mike Moran
RCA Mobile Unit: Ron Olson and Tom Brown
Mastering Engineer: Mike Posner
Recorded 'Live' at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July 29th, 30th, 31st, 1980
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Live On Tour" AQL1-3826 STEREO 1981
Live On Tour ~ 1980
First record releases: ~ the theme "You Are Never Far Away" has been recorded several times as a closing to Como albums and used many times during closing and program credits for the Perry Como television shows and specials. It was recorded as a closing for Perry's first full stereophonic album, "Saturday Night With Mr. C." released as LSO/LOP 1004 in 1958 and as a closing for the 1961 album "Sing to Me Mr. C." released as LSP/LPM 2390 and it was performed on both "live" albums recorded in 1970 and 1980. The original 1952 recording should have been released in the 1968 RCA Camden compilation "You Are Never Far Away" CAS-2201(e) but inadvertently the short theme from "Saturday Night With Mr. C." was used instead and, adding insult to injury, in monaural or electronically reprocessed stereo only! Unfortunately, this oversight was not corrected with the compact disc release either.
Notes: ~ This song has been the closing theme for Mr. Como's television show from almost the time it was first recorded in 1952. Strangely, though, the full version recording was not released by RCA Victor until it's inclusion in the BMG compact disc box set "Yesterday & Today ~ A Celebration in Song" more than forty years later. On at least one occasion, perhaps forgetting that he had recorded it, Mr. Como has commented that he might one day record the full version, and so it was with considerable surprise that the full version emerged in 1993.

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