Hans BradtkePerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

( The ) Summer Wind 

The original Danish language version "Sommervind" was composed as a collaboration of Heinz Meier ( a.k.a. Henry Mayer ) and Hans Bradtke and recorded by Grethe Ingerman in Denmark. Whilst both Meier and Bradtke are German, Meier himself moved to Denmark during WWII where he took up residence, later moving to the United States where he became known as Henry Mayer. Lyrics for the English language version were written by Johnny Mercer and reportedly recorded first in North America by Wayne Newton for Capitol. Perry Como recorded the song in 1965 for Chet Atkins in Nashville with the Anita Kerr Quartet while Frank Sinatra did the same in Hollywood one year later for Reprise. It is not known whether there was a German language version. 

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