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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