Love Letters

~ from the 1945 Paramount film "Love Letters"Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Music by Victor Young and lyrics by Edward Heyman, 1945
1st recording 1945 ~
V-Disc Recording
At the beginning of World War II, the War department, through the Army Services Forces Special Services Division, distributed thousands of shellac phonograph records (V DISCS) to Army Forces throughout the world. Shortly after the Army's program started, the U.S. Navy became involved in the program, appointing E.P. DiGiannantonio to run the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard programs.
V-Disc Record Number CS-594-B
Serial No. VP 1631 D5TC 1460-1
Recorded circa early October, 1945
"Chesterfield Supper Club" Radio Broadcast
NBC Studios, New York City
Perry Como - vocal refrain
with Lloyd Shaffer and His Orchestra
Recording Time 2:28
Trumpets: Jimmy Maxwell and Johnny Owen
Trombones: George Arus, John D'Agostino and Frank Saracco
Clarinet: Artie Baker
Alto Saxes: Artie Baker and  Edward Hellman,
Tenor Saxes: Nick Caiazza, Al Klink and Artie Owen
Piano: Henry "Billy" Rowland
Guitar: Allan Hanlon
Bass: Frank Carroll ( Carvana )
Drums: Terry Snyder
Harp: Elaine Vito
In December 1944, Perry Como began a long association with the Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Company and its "Chesterfield Supper Club" series on NBC Radio ( Monday to Friday, 7:00-7:15 P.M. ). During the V-Disc years, accompanying orchestras included those of Ted Steele, Lloyd Shaffer, Carl Kress and Mitchell Ayres. Ted Steele's Orchestra accompanied Perry on the Chesterfield broadcasts from December 11, 1944, through to July 27, 1945.
2nd recording 1958 ~
Arranged by Joe Lipman
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A , 155 E. 24th Street, New York City
Recording Time 1:59
Recorded February 13, 1958   ~   Matrix No. J2PB-1598 Take 4
February 13, 1958 
A&R Joe Reisman and Ed Welker
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Thomas Parshley
Sax ~ Wolffe Taninbaum  
Sax ~ Harold Keins
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Trumpet ~ Malven Soloman 
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell 
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Harry Hoffman 
Violin ~ Fima Fidelman 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Fred Buldrini 
Violin ~ Ralph Silverman 
Violin ~ Samuel Rand 
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Cello ~ Maurice Brown 
Cello ~ Maurice Bialkin
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Al Casamenti
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Harp ~ Gloria Agostini
Drums ~ James Crawford 
Drums ~ Philip Kraus
Bass ~ George Shaw
German Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-9243-B
Single Flip Side: "Accentuate the Positive"
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. Dear Perry ~ The Perry Como Show ( UK Release )Perry Como Alla TV

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Notes: ~ from the 1945 Paramount film "Love Letters" a drama starring Joseph Cotton about which movie critic Leonard Maltin writes, "Artificial soaper of amnesiac Jones cured by Cotten's love; only real asset is Victor Young's lovely title song. Ayn Rand adapted Chris Massie's book, Pity My Simplicity."

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