( The ) Father of GirlsPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Ervin M. Drake
Cromwell Music Inc. ASCAP
           Original Single 1967:
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
With The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Recorded in RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 3:27 ( single ) see note!see note
Recorded December 29, 1967  ~ UPA1-6480 Take 4
Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-9448
note: vocal track for the album is the remake version
Single Flip Side: "Somebody Makes It So"
US Chart Position No. 92
Charted Adult Contemporary No. 10
Album issue: RCA-UK-LP12 "The First Thirty Years" LFL4-7522 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1975
          The First Thirty Years ~ Perry Como RCA UK1975
'This song came out of my own personal experience,' recalls composer Ervin Drake. 'I have two daughters. Linda, who is married now, was 14, and Betsy was 8. I really felt my problems and apprehensions as a father of girls would touch a responsive strain in any father with daughters.' Of Perry's performance, Drake has said, 'Perry sang it in a very quiet, very sensitive way. After all, he himself is the father of girls'.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
Re-recorded "Voice-Over" Dub from June 1968 ~
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
With The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Remake recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Final Recording Time 3:30 ( album track )
Remake June 19th, 1968  ~ UPA1-6480 Take 8 ( new vocal track )
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Look to Your Heart" LSP-4052 STEREO NOVEMBER 1968
Album issue: RCA-UK-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Love Songs" NL-42076 STEREO 1968/69
Look to Your Heart ~ 1968

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Note: the single version of Perry's "Father of Girls" was included within the UK compilation "The First Thirty Years" and the only known release on LP. Although recorded in stereo, it was released within that compilation electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo. The full stereo version of this single was first released in 1999 within the compact disc compilation "The Essential 60's Singles Collection" from Taragon Records. The original single version was re-recorded with a voice-over dub for Perry's 1968 album release "Look To Your Heart". Although the actual date of the re-recording is not known, nor generally acknowledged, it probably occurred during the album sessions from June 5th to 19th, 1968.  All other album re-releases of this song have been this version.
Perry Como in Concert3rd recording 1970 'Live'  version  ~
Conducted by Nick Perito
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Recorded Live June 25th, 26th, and 27th, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Live Recording time 3:42
UK Single release: RCA-2142 ( November 12, 1971 ) ( Matrix A2PY-9837 )
Single Flip Side: "You'll Never Walk Alone" ( 1970 Live Stereo Performance )
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

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