I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses . . .

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Words and Music by Meredith Willson
Arranged by Jack Andrews
Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Joe Reisman
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York,
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:41
Recorded June 19th, 1958  ~ Matrix No. J2PB-4576 Take 11
Similar to June 23, 1958 ( Exact line-up not available )
A&R Joe Reisman
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Abraham Richman 
Sax ~ Irving Horowitz 
Trumpet ~ Joseph Wilder
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Max Hollander 
Violin ~ Harry Glickman 
Violin ~ Arnold Eidus 
Violin ~ Raoul Poliakin 
Violin ~ Felix Orlewitz  
Violin ~ Samuel Rand 
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Jack Zayde 
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Fred Buldrini 
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Viola ~ Leon Frengut 
Viola ~ Harold Furmansky 
Cello ~ Maurice Bialkin 
Cello ~ Lucien Schmit 
Cello ~ Harvey Shapiro
Cello ~ Abram Borodkin 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Al Caiola 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Guitar ~ Thomas Kay
Bass ~ George Duvivier
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
Drums ~ Arthur Marotti 
Harp ~ Gloria Agostini 
French Horn ~ Anthony Miranda 
French Horn ~ Fred Klein
When You Come to the End of the Day
'The Big Show' was American radio network's dying gasp in the late 1940s,
but what a gasp it was. Tallulah Bankhead was MC, and Fred Allen, Groucho Marx,
and Meredith Willson were regulars. At the end of each show Miss Bankhead spoke
the ltrics to this song over the melody played by Mr. Willson's orchestra. Composer
Willson said that the inspiration for the song came from his mother , who was a
Sunday school teacher. Perry's version, simple and direct, was very popular when
he performed it on his own TV show.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

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