Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Yesterday I Heard The Rain

Music by Canache Armando Manzanero 
with lyrics by Gene Lees
BMG Songs Inc. BMI
Arranged and Conducted by Don Costa
with the Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Don Costa
Recorded  at RCA's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Tony Salvatore
Recording Time 2:20
Recorded  April 26th, 1971   ~   Matrix No. APA1-4663 Take 14 
Single release: RCA-45RPM-74-0518-B
Single Flip Side: "My Days of Loving You"
RCA Gold Standard Series  45-RPM-447-0903
Single Flip Side: "I Think of You"
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "I Think of You" LSP-4539 STEREO 1971
I Think of You ~ original album 1971

This beautiful melody is by the Mexican composer of 'It's Impossible', with words by Gene Lees, novelist, former jazz critic, and commentator on popular music. Lees recently assessed Perry's style and wrote: 'Como's work consistently astonishes me. He is a fantastic technician. Listen to the perfection of his intonation, the beauty of the sound he produces, the constant, comfortable breath control. And take notice of his high notes. Laymen are often impressed by the high note you can hear for five blocks. Professionals know that it is far more difficult to hit a  high note quietly. Como lights on a C or D at the top of a tune as softly as a bird on a branch, not even shaking it.' And Perry's performance of Mr. Lees' own song is a perfect example of his description.

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

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