Winter WonderlandPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Dick Smith
           First recording 1946: 
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
and The Satisfiers
 
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 2:37
 
Recorded August 01, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB - 2569  Take 1 - 1A
1946 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1968-B
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2969 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "That Christmas Feeling"
US Chart Position No. 10  Chart Debut: December 28, 1946
 
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-BD-1187 ( December 1947 )
Single Flip Side: "Jingle Bells"
 
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 reissue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-1243 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" EPA-920 MONO 1956
Album Re- issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" EPA-920 MONO 1957
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
 
Original Musical Smart Set 1946/4745 RPM Musical Smart Set 1949/52Merry Christmas Music ~ LPM 3023 circa 1951Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956
 
Merry Christmas Music - 1956 EPSanta Claus Us Comin' To Town ~ EPA-920 circa 1957Perry 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 Reissue
 
Christmas with Perry Como - 1987

1946 Version | Lyrics | CD-Finder | Perry with The Satisfiers |

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 3:25
 
Recorded July 14, 1959    ~  Matrix No. K2PB 4547  Take 7
1959 Lyrics
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-1-2066 ( M2PO-5356 1S )
Single Flip Side: "Home for the Holidays"
 
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: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 STEREO 1979
Album issue: RCA-CAMDEN-LP12 "Christmas Greetings" PICKWICK UK CDS-1113 STEREO 1972/76
Album issue: RCA-JAPAN-LP12 "The Perry Como Christmas Album" SRA-5032 STEREO 1976
Album issue: Box Set Bonus "Christmas With Perry Como" RD US STEREO RDA-144/A 1983
 
This perennial favorite was written in 1934 by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard. One of the first recordings of "Winter Wonderland" was by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (Decca 294) in 1934. The next year, Ted Weems and His Orchestra, with vocal by Parker Gibbs, had a popular recording (Columbia 2976). Guy Lombardo with the Andrews Sisters had a million-seller with "Winter Wonderland" (Decca 23722) in 1946, as did Perry Como for RCA Victor (RCA 1968) that same year. Collective sales of "Winter Wonderland" by all artists through the years has exceeded 45 million copies. Perry Como recorded the song again in his 1959 RCA Victor album "Season's Greetings from Perry Como" LPM/LSP-2066.
 
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959
 
The Perry Como Christmas CollectionChristmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK CamdenPerry Como Christmas Album ~ JapanChristmas With Perry Como ~ Reader's Digest 1983

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