Caterina

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
Lyrics
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
 
Italian Single release: RCA-45N-1272
Single Flip Side: "The Island of Forgotten Lovers "
Italian Chart No. 10
 
UK Single release: RCA-45RPM-1283
Single Flip Side: "The Island of Forgotten Lovers "
Belgian Chart No. 3 ( August, 1962 )
 
JAPAN Single release: RCA-45RPM-SS-1319
Single Flip Side: "The Island of Forgotten Lovers "
 
YUGOSLAVIA Single release: RCA Jugoton SRC-8085
Single Flip Side: "The Island of Forgotten Lovers "
 
GERMANY Single release: RCA-45RPM-PPBO-4106
Single Flip Side: "Hot Diggity ( Dog Ziggity Boom )"
 
Argentina Single release: RCA - 0114 
Single Flip Side: "Maria"
 
UK Single Maxi Million Series 45-RPM RCA 2469-B ( 1963 )
Second Song Side B: "Delaware"
Single Flip Side A: "( I Love You ) Don't You Forget It"
 
Album issue: CAM-LP12 "An Evening with Perry Como" CAL-742 MONO 1963
 
Caterina / Island of Forgotten Lovers An Evening With Perry Como ~ 1963Caterina / Island of Forgotten Lovers  - Japan Single
 
Caterina / Island of Forgotten Lovers ~ Italian picture sleeveCaterina / Island of Forgotten Lovers ~ Yugoslavian picture sleeveUK Maxi Single 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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First Edition Summer 1992
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Saturday, April 04, 2015