Christmas Joy ~ RCA Victor 45 EPA-497( The ) Christmas Song ( Merry Christmas To You )Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Mel Tormé and lyrics by Robert Wells, 1946
E.H. Morris & Co. ~ ASCAP
           First recording circa 1953:
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Produced by Henri René
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording Time 3:33
Recorded May 5, 1953   ~  Matrix No. E3VB 1236 Take 1 - 1A
1953 Lyrics
Original issue: "Around the Christmas Tree" LPM-3133 and "Christmas Joy" 45-EPA-497
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-1243 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM DOUBLE EP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" EPB-1243 MONO 1956
Album: RCA-UK EP "A Merry Christmas" RCX-120 MONO U/K
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAL-660 MONO 1961
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS(e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1964
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CDM-1030 MONO 1969
Re-issue: Pickwick-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CDS-1045 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1972
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS (e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
Re-issue: Special Products-LP12 "Christmas with Perry Como" Noel-5211 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christmas Music ~ EPB 1243Perry Como - A Merry ChristmasMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden
Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate coverPerry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music - UK Camden 1969Merry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden ReissueChristmas with Perry Como - 1987

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Note: a number of Perry's original RCA Camden albums were later issued in Electronically Reprocessed Stereo during the mid-1960s when it became important for recordings to be available in a stereo format. Generally speaking, results were not very good but this was largely dependent on the remastering engineer. Oddly, a number of recordings previously recorded in real stereo were also remastered in this "fake" stereo for reasons assumed to be associated with the project budget but, nevertheless, in direct contradiction to RCA General Manager George R. Marek's original mission statement for RCA Camden recordings in 1958.
Second recording 1959:
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 3:33
Recorded July 15, 1959   ~  Matrix No. K2PB 4553 Take 4
1959 Lyrics
MORNING 10:00AM TO 2:00 PM 
Conductor: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Musicians AF of M Contract #8132 
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-2-2066 ( M2PO-5358 1S )
Single Flip Side: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Seasons Greetings from Perry Como" LSP-2066 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA UK-LP12 "The Songs of Christmas" SF-5045 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA-COMPACT 33 DOUBLE "Seasons Greetings from Perry Como" VP-2006 STEREO 1961
Album issue: RCA-CAMDEN-LP12 "Christmas Greetings" PICKWICK UK CDS-1113 STEREO 1972/76
Album issue: RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS-LP12 "Great Songs of Christmas" DPL1-0285 STEREO 1977
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 STEREO 1979
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever" AYL1-4526 STEREO 1982
Album issue: Box Set Bonus "Christmas With Perry Como" RD US STEREO RDA-144/A 1983
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959Christmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK Camden
Great Songs of Christmas ~ 1977The Perry Como Christmas CollectionI Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever ~ 1982Christmas With Perry Como ~ Reader's Digest 1983

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Notes: ~ This Christmas classic is most often associated with Nat King Cole even though it was first introduced by it's composer Mel Tormé. Nat King Cole recorded it first with The King Cole Trio and then again with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra in 1954. Perry recorded the song in 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra for a 10" LP recording titled "Around the Christmas Tree" LPM-3133 and a 45 Extended Play titled "Christmas Joy" 45-EPA-496.  It was later included within the 1956 expanded 12" LP compilation "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-1243. He re-recorded the song in stereo on July 15, 1959, for the RCA Victor album "Seasons Greetings From Perry Como" LPM/LSP-2066 released that same year. Even though Perry's 1959 stereo recording is generally considered to be the definitive version, ironically it has been the 1953 version which has been more consistently available through the broader release of his "Merry Christmas Music" compilations.

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