Santa LuciaPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Original Italian melody by Teodoro Cottrau , 1850
Musical adaptation by Nick Perito with Italian/English lyrics adapted by Ray Charles
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 3:05
Recorded May 9th, 1966  ~ Matrix No.  TPA6-4202 Take 5
Remake May 11th, 1966  ~ Matrix No.  TPA6-4202 Take 13
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como In Italy" LSP-3608 STEREO 1966
Quarter Track Reel "Lightly Latin & In Italy" TF3-5006 STEREO 1966
Perry Como In Italy ~ original RCA Victor album 1966Lightly Latin & Perry Como In Italy - Quarter Track Reel

This soaring melody, written by Teodoro Cottrau in 1850, has become the anthem of Naples and a favourite of tenors everywhere. Nick Perito, a native of Denver who has arranged, composed, and conducted for such diverse singers as Helen Traubel and Frankie Avalon, adapted the song and arranged it for Perry's smooth baritone; Ray Charles did the choral writing.

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

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