You Came A Long Way from St. LouisPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by John Benson Brooks and lyrics by Bob Russell , 1948 
Jewel Music ASCAP
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 3:06
Recorded April 23rd, 1959  ~ Matrix No. K2PB-2333 Take 6
April 23, 1959 
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
Trumpet ~ John Lawson 
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ Chauncey Welsch 
Trombone ~ Urban Green 
Trombone ~ Richard Hixon 
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Abraham Richman 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony "Tony" Mottola 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
Drums ~ Sol Gubin 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart 
Tuba ~ Don Butterfield
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Como Swings" LSP-2010 STEREO SEPTEMBER 1959
Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-8518
Single Flip Side: "Route 66"
Stereo Single release: RCA-45RPM-61-8518 ( same flip side )
Como Swings original album

St. Louis is in Missouri, and that's known as 'The Show-Me' State. And that's what this bright novelty tune is all about: a gal who has come a long way from St. Louis but, according to the guy she's trying to impress, still has a long way to go. Bob Russell and John Benson Brooks collaborated on the song inn 1948. Russell wrote the words for such hits as Frenesi, Maria ElenaDon't Get Around Much Anymore and Brazil. Brooks, a leading arranger for big bands ( including Les Brown's and Tommy Dorsey's ), also had some hits, among them Who Threw the Whisky in the Well and Just as Though You Were Here.

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

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