Original RCA Recording

When You Were Sweet SixteenPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
~ from the Bing Crosby Productions, Inc., Picture "The Great John L."
Words and Music by James Thornton and Published 1898
Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. ~ ASCAP
 
Orchestra Conducted by Lloyd Shaffer
with the Satisfiers
Produced by Charles Grean
 
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 3:10
 
Recorded April 10, 1947   ~  Matrix No. D7VB - 0248  Take 1 - 1A
Lyrics
Lloyd Shaffer conducts circa 1947
 
SESSION MUSICIANS
April 10, 1947 
A&R Production Charles Grean
 
Orchestra
EVENING 7:00 TO 10:00 PM 
NO OVERTIME
 
Leader: Lloyd Shaffer
Contractor: Richard Kissinger
 
Sax ~ Arthur Baker 
Sax ~ Arthur Owen 
Sax ~ Nicholas Caiazza
Sax ~ Albert Klink 
Sax ~ Edwin Hellman 
 
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ William Lockwood 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Luisa Piarulli 
Violin ~ Henry Berv 
Violin ~ Max Senofsky 
Violin ~ Robert Freda 
 
Viola ~ Samuel Persoff 
 
Cello ~ Emil Borsody 
 
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
 
Bass ~ Frank Carroll 
 
Trumpet ~ Emanuel Weinstock 
Trumpet ~ Bernard Privin 
Trumpet ~ John Owens
 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ George Arus 
Trombone ~ Frank Saracco 
 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
 
Guitar ~ Allen Hanlen 
 
Harp ~ Edw. Vito 
 
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-2259-B
Single Flip Side: "Chi-Baba Chi-Baba ( My Bambino Go To Sleep )"
US Chart Position No. 2 ( 1 Week ) Chart Debut: August 23, 1947
 
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-3300-A ( P-237 )
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2888 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "Song of Songs"
 
Como's Golden Records ~ 1958

Notes: ~ Who could have imagined that such a sweet and simple song as this would become a
million-seller in the troubled, complicated year of 1947? Perry's lovely, thoughtful
performance had a great deal to do with making it a smash. But "When You Were Sweet Sixteen"
also brought listeners back to an earlier era when life was easier and less complex. James
Thornton, a drinking companion of the legendary world-champion boxer John L. Sullivan,
wrote the song at the turn of the century.

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

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Orchestra Conducted by Lloyd Shaffer
with the Satisfiers
Produced by Charles Grean
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recorded April 10, 1947

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