Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

O, Come All Ye Faithful  ( Adeste Fidelis )

Latin Hymn translated by Frederick Oakeley
 
1st recording 1946 ~
 
With Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
 
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 2:45
 
Recorded August 20, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB-2679 Take 1 - 1A
1946 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1971-A
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2972 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "Jingle Bells"
 
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-BD-1219 ( November 1948 )
Single Flip Side: "O Little Town of Bethlehem "
 
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0810
Single Flip Side: "Silent Night"
 
Original 78RPM Musical Smart Set "Merry Christmas Music"  P-161 1946/47
Original 45RPM Musical Smart Set "Merry Christmas Music"  WP-161 1949 & EPB-3023 1952
Album issue: RCA-LP10 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-51 / LPM-3023 MONO 1951/52
Album issue: RCA-45RPM DOUBLE EP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" EPB-1243 MONO 1956
Album: RCA-AUSTRALIA EP "Joy to the World" RCA MONO ( ?? ) 1957
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
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
 
Original Musical Smart Set 1946/4745 RPM Musical Smart Set 1949/52Merry Christmas Music ~ LPM 3023 circa 1951Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christmas Music ~ EPB 1243
 
Joy to the WorldMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate coverMerry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden Reissue

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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.
 
2nd recording circa 1950 ~ medley "The First Christmas"
 
Included as part of the medley within Perry's recording of "The First Christmas", believed to have been recorded at the Manhattan Center, New York City ( not confirmed ). Story adapted by John A. Richards  Recording Time 7:00 ( approx. ) Told and Sung by Perry Como and recorded as Part 1 and Part 2 ~ Perry Como tells the Complete Story of the First Christmas and Sings beloved Christmas songs With Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Mitchell Ayres
 
Single release: RCA Little Nipper Junior Series WY-422 ( 47-0259-A/B ) ( 45-5290-A/B )
Also released single side EYA-19 with flipside "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town ( with The Satisfiers )" & "Jingle Bells"
Recorded August 15, 1950, Manhattan Center, New York City ( not confirmed )
 
The Story of the First Christmas ~ Little Nipper JUNIOR Series

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3rd recording 1959 ~ medley "The Story of The First Christmas"
 
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
 
Recorded July 13, 1959 in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Matrix No. K2PB 454 ( ? ) Take ( ? ) ~ Recording Time 10:01
 
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-5-2066 ( M2PO-5364 1S )
Christmas Medley: includes O Little Town of Bethlehem / O Come All Ye Faithful / Silent Night
Single Flip Side: "O Holy Night"
 
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: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 STEREO 1979
 
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959
 
Christmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK CamdenThe Perry Como Christmas Collection
 
Notes: ~ This perennial Christmas favorite was written in France in the mid 1700s under the title "Adeste Fideles." The composers are unknown. "Adeste Fideles" was first published in England in John F. Wade's volume Cantus Diversi (1751). In 1841 Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880) translated the Latin words into English.
 
A hymn used at Benediction at Christmastide in France and England since the close of the eighteenth century. It was sung at the Portuguese Legation in London as early as 1797. The most popular musical setting was ascribed by Vincent Novello, organist there, to John Reading, who was organist at Winchester Cathedral from 1675-81, and later at Winchester College. The hymn itself has been attributed to St. Bonaventure, but it is not found among his works. It is probably of French or German authorship. It invites all the faithful to come to Bethlehem to worship the new-born Saviour.

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