Perry's connection with
"Christmas Music" has followed him throughout his career. Few
appreciate that his recordings for the original "Merry Christmas
Music" Musical Smart Set were recorded in 1946. And these recordings
were made by methods which were literally turned upside down within a
decade. Those songs have appeared in various compilations, including
compact disc, and have stood the test of time for more than fifty years.
Perry recorded two additional full-length stereophonic Christmas albums,
one in 1959 and the other in 1968, and both were equally successful.
Surprisingly, a number of Christmas singles have not been available
widely, the most obscure being his 1950s recording of "I Saw Mommy
Kissing Santa Claus", and more recently his 1967 recordings of
"Christmas Bells" and "Love Is a Christmas
Rose". Perry's last studio recorded Christmas single was a theme
song for the motion picture soundtrack "The Odessa File",
composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Timothy Rice, with German lyrics by
André Heller, titled "Christmas Dream", which he recorded in
1974. He also recorded another Christmas song for his 1981 television
special "Perry Como's French-Canadian Christmas", composed by
Nick Perito and Richard Matheson, titled "I Wish It Could Be
Christmas Forever", which was later released as the title track of a
special Christmas album compilation. Both songs are somewhat
autobiographical of Perry's long time association with Christmas music
and no doubt will be long remembered as such.