I Believe - 1956 LP Compilation Album

Bless This House

Words and Music by Helen Taylor and May H. Morgan ( a.k.a. Brahe ), 1927
With Mixed Chorus and Women's Choir
Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
with Organ Accompaniment by Charles Marie Courboin
Recorded at The Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City
Produced by Charles Grean
Recording Time 2:51
Recorded June 26th, 1950  ~  Matrix No. E0VB - 4938  Take 1
Recorded June 29th, 1950  ~  Matrix No. E0VB - 4938  Take 1A
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-3850-A
RCA-45RPM 47-3850 ( 1950 )
Single Flip Side: "The Rosary"
I Believe ~ original 12" LP 1956
'My oldest is 36', Perry noted recently, 'but when either of us enters or leaves a house, we hug and kiss.
We all do. I think husbands and wives, parents and children, should always show their love for each other.'
And more than any other song in this album, 'Bless This House' displays clearly the sincerity and depth of
Perry's feelings about home and family life. It dates back to 1927, when two Englishwomen, poetess Helen
Taylor and composer May H. Brae, published a hymn called 'Bless the House'. Irish tenor John McCormack
heard their song , liked it, added it to his repertoire and started it on the road to popularity. But first he
suggested that the title and words be changed to the way this favourite is sung today.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
Notes: ~ This spiritual song from England has had popular recordings by Risė Stevens on Columbia,
Eileen Farrell on Decca and Mahalia Jackson on Apollo. This song has been a perennial favourite of
Mr. Como, which was recorded for his 1952 45RPM Extended Play album "Perry Como Sings His
Favorite Songs of Worship" and later included within the 1956 expanded version of "I Believe"
re-released in the 12" long play format. The same recording was re-released thirty years later
within his 1982 Christmas compilation "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever" first on vinyl and
then on compact disc. He performed "Bless this House" several times on his television specials
but most memorably on his 1980 Christmas Special filmed in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and
Galilee ( Christmas In the Holy Land ) with special guest Richard Chamberlain.

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