Honey, Honey  ( Bless Your Heart )Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Larry Stock and lyrics by Dominick Belline
Roncom Music Limited
           First recording 1957:
With "Como's Little Combo" a section of Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 3, 155 East 24th Street, New York City
A&R Producer: Ed O. Welker 
Recording Engineer: not listed
Final Recording Time 2:39
 
Recorded February 19, 1957 ~ Matrix No. H2PB 1781 Take ( To Follow )
1957 Lyrics
Leader: Mitchell Ayres 
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Sax ~ Abraham Richman 
Trombone ~ Eddie Bert
Piano ~ Henry Rowland 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri
Guitar ~ Anthony "Tony" Mottola 
Drums ~ Robert Haggart 
Bass ~ Terry Snyder 
 
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "We Get Letters" LPM-1463 MONO SEPTEMBER 1957
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "We Get Letters Vol. 1" EPA 1-1463 MONO SEPTEMBER 1957
 
. . . a cross-section of the requests that Perry Como sings on his weekly TV show. The style is relaxed, the backgrounds ( by a section of the Mitchell Ayres' orchestra known during the recording sessions as "Como's Little Combo" ) are light and easy, and Perry's singing is, as always, superb.
 
 
Perry Como ~ We Get Letters original albumWe Get Letters Vol. 1

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Second recording 1959:
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
 
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Final Recording Time 2:00
 
Recorded April 16th, 1959   ~  Matrix No. K2PB-2330 Take 2
1959 Lyrics
SESSION MUSICIANS
April 16, 1959 
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
 
Orchestra
 
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
 
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Sid Jekowsky 
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Sax ~ Romeo Penque 
 
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trumpet ~ John Lawson 
 
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino
Trombone ~ Richard Hixon 
Trombone ~ Jack Satterfield 
 
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Jack Zayde  
Violin ~ Raoul Poliskin 
Violin ~ Felix Orlewitz  
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Harry Glickman 
Violin ~ Samuel Rand 
Violin ~ Max Hollander 
Violin ~ Charles Fleischmann
Violin ~ Marc Brown   
 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Leon Frengut 
 
Cello ~ Maurice Brown 
Cello ~ Abram Borodkin 
Cello ~ Charles McCracken 
 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
 
Guitar ~ Anthony "Tony" Mottola 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
 
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
Drums ~ Sol Gubin 
 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
 
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Como Swings" LSP-2010 STEREO SEPTEMBER 1959
 
Como Swings original album

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Notes: ~ two very different versions of this song generally believed to have been co-written by a relative of Mr. Como, Dominick Belline. The first version, recorded in February 1957 for the "We Get Letters" album, was low-key and intimate while the second version, recorded two years later for the "Como Swings" album, is up-tempo and big-band. Not just the styles were different for these two recordings. The two album sessions marked the end of the monaural era and the beginning of the stereophonic recording standard. The up-tempo recordings for "Como Swings" were not just simply showing off Perry's ability to swing but rather the new era of big stereo productions. Three full stereo albums came out of this period including, "Saturday Night with Mr. C." and "When You Come to the End of the Day" which were released in 1958 and "Como Swings" released in 1959. The first and the latter were spectacular show pieces but the middle one, "When You Come to the End of the Day" must really be heard in stereo to be fully appreciated and is perhaps Perry's finest vocal performance from the 1950s. The second best performance, ironically, was probably the album sessions for "We Get Letters" that would have benefited tremendously had it been recorded in stereo.

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