Perry's career was skyrocketing in
1946 when this stunning performance of a Russ Columbo favourite
It became an immediate hit, sold well over a million copies, and was a must
at any Como appearance. So even Perry was amazed when he forgot the words
while singing it at a concert in Cleveland in 1971. 'Can you imagine me
forgetting the words to Prisoner of Love,' he said, grinning, after the
show. 'I used to work with the idiot cards ( prompting cue cards ) on my TV
show all the time, and I guess I just came to depend too much on them.' It's
never happened again, and a good thing too — Prisoner of Love
remains one of Perry's most requested songs to this day.( notes from "The
Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK
compilation 1975 )
Note: ~ introduced and featured by Russ Columbo in 1931, recorded for Victor.
Perry was a friend of the composer and
revived the song in 1946 with a best selling record
which remained on
"Your Hit Parade" for fifteen weeks, achieving gold record status.
He performed this song many times on his radio and television shows and,
duplicating his recorded performance for the War Time V-Disc
program, he never recorded
the song again for RCA Victor until his
Las Vegas performance in 1970.