Original RCA Recording


Words and Music by Earl Shuman  
and Maurice "Bugs" Bower, 1961 Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Roncom Music Company
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and the Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:11
Recorded February 14, 1962   ~ Matrix No. N5PW-1410 Take 5
Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-8004
Single Flip Side: "The Island of Forgotten Lovers"
US Chart Position No. 23
Charted Adult Contemporary No. 6 / German Chart Position No. 11
Album issue: CAM-LP12 "An Evening with Perry Como" CAL-742 MONO 1963
An Evening With Perry Como ~ 1963

'The crazy thing about this song', recalls Maurice ( Bugs ) Bower, 'is that we had a song,
but we needed a title. We called it 'Caterina', and it turned out to be perfect because the
title doesn't have to translate overseas . . . and we had this song, with the original title,
in the Top Ten in almost every country in the world.' 'Caterina' added another hit to the list
of Earl Shuman, who wrote such favourites as 'Seven Lonely Days', 'Hey There Lonely Boy',
and 'Left Right Out of Your Heart'. Says Bower of Perry's recording, 'I think the record was
popular with little kids because of all those 'ha-ha-ha's' and 'ho-ho-ho's' in it.
Kid's think he's Santa Claus!'

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

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Notes: ~ Released in real stereo for the first time in 1970 within the RCA Victor double album compilation
"This Is Perry Como Volume 1"

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