Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music

( There's No Place Like )
Home for the Holidays

~ 1954 & 1959 VERSIONS

Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!


Music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Al Stillman 1954
Roncom Music  ~ ASCAP
           First recording 1954: 
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Singers
Arranged by Joe Reisman
Produced by Joe Carlton
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Time 2:50
Recorded November 16, 1954   ~  Matrix No. E4VB-5938 Take D
1954 Lyrics
Conductor: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross ( Sax ) 
Choir Contractor: Ray Charles
Sax ~ Hank Ross, Harry Terrill, Bernard Kaufman, Stanley Webb, Philip Zolkind
Trumpet ~ Melven Solomon, James Maxwell, James Milazzo
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne, John D'Agostino, Bart Varsalona
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart 
Drums ~ Robert Rosengarden, Terry Snyder 
Harp ~ Lucille Lawrence 
Violins ~ Sylvan Shulman, Zelly Smirnoff, Mac Ceppos, Raoul Poliakin, Jack Zayde,
Harry Melnikoff, Julius Schacter, Paul Winter, Harry Glickman, Felix Orlewitz,
idney Harris, Samuel Rand
Viola ~ Isadore Zir, Howard Kay, George Brown, Samuel Persoff
Cello ~ Maurice Brown, Lucien Schmitt
Choir ~ Ray Charles, Lois Winter, Peggy Powers, Marilyn Palmer, Marsha Heil,
Marilyn Jackson, Elise Bretton, Lillian Clark, Francine Carroll, Steven Steck Jr.,
William Ventura, Jack Brown, Arthur Malvin, Robert Spiro, David Vogel,
Eugene Lowell, Michael Stewart
Single release: RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-5950-B ( Christmas 1954 )
Single Flip Side: "Silk Stockings"
US Chart Position No. 8
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-POP-103 Blue Label ( October 1955 )
Single Flip Side: "Tina Marie"
UK Single release: HMV-45RPM-7M-326 ( Pirate Issue )
UK Matrix No. TBASee Note( See Note )
Single Flip Side: "Tina Marie"
Single release: RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-6321-A ( E4VW-5938 ) ( Christmas 1955 )
Single Flip Side: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0812
Single Flip Side: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"
Single release: RCA-SP-45-119 ( E4VW-5938 ) ( Unknown date ) )
Single Flip Side: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

See Note Note: At the time of this release, records in the UK were reportedly pirated from records received from the United States.  A new master was created from the American record and, hence,  a new matrix umber was created. This HMV release appears to be an example of this activity which is said to have been common.

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Second recording 1959: 
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Singers
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:54
Recorded July 15, 1959    ~   Matrix No. K2PB-4551 Take 9
1959 Lyrics
MORNING 10:00AM TO 2:00 PM 
Conductor: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Musicians AF of M Contract #8132 
Choir Contractor: Ray Charles
Choir ~ Ray Charles, Lois Winter, Margaret Wright, Nancy Price, Rae Whitney, Rosemarie Jun, Bernice Massi, Joyce DeYoung, Ann Ryan McCord, Dean Parker, Bob Miller, Alan Sokoloff, Dave Starkey, Bob Harris, Tom Motto, Ed Lindstrom, Herb Davidson, Bob Hartman, David Vogel, Leonard Stea, Ray Drakley 
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-1-2066 ( M2PO-5355 1S )
Single Flip Side: "Winter Wonderland"
UK Single release: HMV-45RPM-RCA-1215
Single Flip Side: "Gone is My Love"
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-LP12 "Perry At His Best" PR-138 MONAURAL 1963
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Home for the Holidays" PRS-273 STEREO 1968
Album issue: RCA-CAMDEN-LP12 "Christmas Greetings" PICKWICK UK CDS-1113 STEREO 1972/76
Album issue: KELO MUSIC-LP12 "Perry Como" K-TEL NC-503 MONO 1977
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 SPECIAL PRODUCTS-LP12 "The Greatest Hits of Perry Como" DVL2-0362 STEREO 1979
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959Perry At His Best ~ Special Compilation 1963Home for the Holidays ~ compilation circa 1968
Christmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK CamdenPerry Como ~ North American K-Tel CompilationGreat Songs of Christmas ~ 1977The Perry Como Christmas CollectionThe Greatest Hits of Perry Como - 1979

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