Original RCA Recording

Temptation 1st RCA recording 1945 ~ Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
~ from the MGM film "Going Hollywood"
Music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed , 1933
EMI-Robbins Catalog Inc. ~ ASCAP
With Orchestra Conducted by Ted Steele
Produced by Lew Martin
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 2:41
Recorded March 27, 1945  ~  Matrix No. D5VB - 166  Take 1A - 1B

Lyrics ~ 1945 Version

March 17, 1945 
A&R Production Lew Martin
MORNING  9:00 AM  TO 1:00 PM 
Leader: Ted Steele
Contractor: Lewis Martin
Sax ~ Arthur Owens 
Sax ~ Fred Dornbach 
Sax ~ Sal Fransella
Sax ~ Stanley Webb 
Sax ~ Edwin Hellman
Trumpet ~ Melven Solomon 
Trumpet ~ George Shellenburger 
Trumpet ~ A. William Graham 
Trombone ~ Thomas Reo 
Trombone ~ Timothy Murphy 
Violin ~ Samuel Rand 
Violin ~ Sidney Harris 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Isadore Gralufek 
Violin ~ Max Senofsky 
Violin ~ Robert Freda 
Viola ~ Samuel Persoff 
Cello ~ Emil Borsody
Piano ~ Thomas Speledore
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
Bass ~ Frank Caruana 
Harp ~ Ruth Hill
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1658-B
Single Flip Side: "I'll Always Be With You"
US Chart Position No. 15
Re-issue: 78RPM-20-1919-A with flip side "Goodbye Sue"
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-3298-B ( P-237 )
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2886 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "Prisoner of Love"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0105
Single Flip Side: "Prisoner of Love"
Perry's first recording of "Temptation" was one of his earliest Gold Records
and was released initially as the "B" side to a song which was destined to
obscurity in comparison with this performance. "Temptation" was later
re-released as an "A" side to the re-release of Perry's very first song with
RCA Victor titled "Goodbye Sue" that had been recorded during the
American Federation of Musicians ( AFM ) recording ban in 1943.
It was almost thirty years before Perry would record "Temptation"
again, once in the studio for his 1974 album "Perry" and then again in 1980
during 'live' performance for his album "Perry Como Live On Tour".
The 1974 arrangement was modern, up-tempo, and one of Perry's earliest
recordings in Quadraphonic discrete 4-Channel Stereo.
In 1945, as World War II drew to a close, Perry Como burst on the popular music scene
with three records that each sold a million copies. One was a wartime novelty song based
on a phrase that comedian Bob Hope had made popular — A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba.
The second was the soaring adaptation of a Chopin Polonaise — Till the End of Time.
And the third was this fine song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, composers of such
movie hits as Singing in the Rain, Alone, and You Were Meant for Me. Bing Crosby
introduced Temptation in the 1933 film ‘Going Hollywood’, but this recording made
it a popular classic.  And the Como version served notice on Frank Sinatra and Dick
Haymes that a new top-rank male singer had arrived on the scene — and intended to stay.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

Como's Golden Records ~ original album

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