Accentuate The Positive Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer , 1944
1st recording 1958 ~
Arranged by Joe Lipman
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Singers
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A , 155 E. 24th Street, New York City
Recording Time 2:53 ( with theme "Dream Along with Me" )
Recorded February 19, 1958   ~   Matrix No. J2PB-1601 Take 7
February 19, 1958 
A&R Joe Reisman and Ed O. Welker
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Thomas Parshley
Sax ~ Wolffe Taninbaum  
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb
Trumpet ~ Malven Soloman 
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ Louis Oles 
Trumpet ~ Nick Travis 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Trombone ~ Frank Rehak 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony Mottola
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Osie Johnson 
Drums ~ Philip Kraus
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Contractor: Ray Charles
Lois Winter
Sue Singleton
Carla Houston 
Rose Marie Jun
Joyce De Young 
Anne Ryan 
Steve Steck
Alan Sokoloff 
Jack Brown 
Bob Harris 
Bob Spiro
Herbert Davidson 
David Vogel 
Leonard Stea 
German Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-9243-A
Single Flip Side: "Love Letters"
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
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

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Perry Como in Concert2nd recording 1980 'Live' Medley version~
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
Notes: ~ This song was included within a tribute to Bing Crosby which Perry performed several times in live performance and on his well known television specials throughout the 1980s.  The tribute was again featured in live performance on a 1989 PBS television special with the Boston Pops and John Williams which included an encore performance with Perry singing "The Wind Beneath My Wings" interspersed with Crosby and Como video footage from their 1960 television shows where each was the guest of the other. This PBS Special was repeated many times during the years following.
Live On Tour ~ 1980

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Notes: ~ Also known as "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," this song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Sunny Tufts in the 1944 Hollywood musical "Here Come the Waves." It was nominated for an Academy Award. Best-selling records by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (Decca), and Johnny Mercer (Capitol). Artie Shaw, vocal by Imogene Lynn (Victor), and Kay Kyser, vocal by Dorothy Mitchell (Columbia), also had popular recordings. The song was on "Your Hit Parade" for thirteen weeks, four times as #1. Perry recorded this song in early 1958 for one of his very first full stereophonic albums as noted above.

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