Sing to Me Mr. C. - 1961

You Are Never Far Away ( Theme )Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Allan Roberts 
Roncom Music ASCAP
Theme version recorded 1961 ~
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Recorded May 17th, 1961, at RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time :40 seconds
Matrix No. M5PW - 2288  Take 1 
Hugo & Luigi ~ Producers
May 15th & 17th, 1961
A Hugo & Luigi Production
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ Melvin Davis
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Trombone ~ Urban Green 
Sax ~ Harry Terrill
Sax ~ Bernard Kaufman
Sax ~ Abraham Richman 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb 
Sax ~ Philip Zolkind 
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony Mottola 
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Sonny Igoe 
Drums ~ Arthur Marotti 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Harp ~ Margaret Ross 
Violin ~ Sylvan Shulman 
Violin ~ Mac Ceppos 
Violin ~ Jack Zayde 
Violin ~ Tosha Samaroff 
Violin ~ Harry Urbont 
Violin ~ Max Hollander 
Violin ~ Harry Melnikoff 
Violin ~ Felix Orlewitz  
Viola ~ Isadore Zir 
Viola ~ Howard Kay 
Cello ~ Maurice Brown 
Cello ~ Alan Shulman 

Sing to Me Mr. C. ~ original album circa 1961 

First record releases: ~ the theme "You Are Never Far Away" has been recorded several
times as a closing to Como albums and used many times during closing and program credits
for the Perry Como television shows and specials. It was recorded as a closing for Perry's first
full stereophonic album, "Saturday Night With Mr. C." released as LSO/LOP 1004 in 1958 and
as a closing for the 1961 album "Sing to Me Mr. C." released as LSP/LPM 2390 and it was
performed on both "live" albums recorded in 1970 and 1980. The original 1952 recording
should have been released in the 1968 RCA Camden compilation "You Are Never Far Away"
CAS-2201(e) but inadvertently the short theme from "Saturday Night With Mr. C." was used
instead and, adding insult to injury, in monaural or electronically reprocessed stereo only!
Unfortunately, this oversight was not corrected with the compact disc release either.
Notes: ~ This song has been the closing theme for Mr. Como's television show from almost
the time it was first recorded in 1952. Strangely, though, the full version recording was not
released by RCA Victor until it's inclusion in the BMG compact disc box set
"Yesterday & Today ~ A Celebration in Song" more than forty years later.
On at least one occasion, perhaps forgetting that he had recorded it, Mr. Como
had commented that he might one day record the full version, and so it was
with considerable surprise that the full version emerged in 1993.

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Monday, April 18, 2022