Love Theme from "La Strada" Perry Como
( Traveling Down a Lonely Road )

Music and original Italian lyrics by Nino Rinaldi Rota and Michele Galdieri , 1954
English lyrics by Don Raye
 
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito,
With The Allesandro Allessandroni Singers under the direction of Ray Charles
Produced on location by Andy Wiswell
 
Recorded in the RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy
Recording Engineer: Pino Mastroianni
Final Recording Time 3:53
 
Remake May 11th, 1966  ~ Matrix No.  TPA6-4204 Take 5
Lyrics
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como In Italy" LSP-3608 STEREO 1966
Quarter Track Reel "Lightly Latin & In Italy" TF3-5006 STEREO 1966
Album issue: RCA-JAPAN-LP12 "Sings Screen Themes II" SRA-5171 STEREO CIRCA 1974
 
Perry Como In Italy ~ original RCA Victor album 1966Lightly Latin & Perry Como In Italy - Quarter Track ReelPerry Como Sings Screen Themes ~ Japan second release
 
Notes: ~ "Who can forget the impact of 'La Strata' and the haunting theme that served as an identifying melody for the character portrayed by Giulietta Masina? The music, by Nino Rota, was a perfect complement to the Federico Fellini film, one of the first to make an impression. Rota, who also scored Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita,' 'Nights of Cabiria,' 'The White Sheik,' and 'Vitelloni,' has written all kinds of music, from pop songs to symphonies, to grand opera. But his film music is very special. Don Raye supplied the English lyrics to Rota's theme. His credits include such varied songs as 'Mr. Five by Five,' 'I'll Remember April,' and 'Domino.' " 

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

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