Silent NightPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
 
1st recording 1946 ~
 
With Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
 
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 3:50
 
Recorded August 20, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB-2678 Take 1 - 1A  and 2 - 2A
1946 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1970-A ( 1946 )
Single Flip Side: "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
 
Single reissue: RCA-78RPM-20-1970-A ( 1947 )
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2971-A WP161 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "White Christmas"
 
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-B-10374 ( November 1952 )
Single Flip Side: "White Christmas"
 
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0810
Single Flip Side: "Adeste Fideles ( O Come, All Ye Faithful )"
 
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-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-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
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Home for the Holidays" PRS-273 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1968
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
 
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 CamdenHome for the Holidays ~ compilation circa 1968 Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate cover
 
Merry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden ReissueChristmas with Perry Como - 1987

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Note: the RCA Camden release was 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 G. 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
 
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
 
4th recording 1968 ~ "Carol Medley"
 
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
 
Session 1 Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Session 2 Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley,  Ray Hall and Bob Simpson
Recorded July / August, 1968
Recording Time 4:50
 
Recorded July 9th ~ August 6th, 1968   ~   Matrix No. WPA1-5619 Take 20 - 25
 
1946 Lyrics
 
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "The Perry Como Christmas Album" LSP-4016 STEREO 1968
Album Re- issue: RCA-LP12 "The Perry Como Christmas Album" ANL1-1929 STEREO 1975
Album issue: Box Set Bonus "Christmas With Perry Como" RD US STEREO RDA-144/A 1983
 
The Perry Como Christmas Album ~ 1968Christmas With Perry Como ~ Reader's Digest 1983

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