Perry Como

( The ) Father of Girls ( single version )
Words and Music by Ervin M. Drake
Cromwell Music Inc. ASCAP
 
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
With The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
 
Recorded in RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 3:27 ( single ) see note!see note
 
Recorded December 29, 1967  ~ UPA1-6480 Take 4
Lyrics
Single release: RCA-45RPM-47-9448
note: vocal track for the album is the remake version
Single Flip Side: "Somebody Makes It So"
US Chart Position No. 92
Charted Adult Contemporary No. 10
 
The First Thirty Years ~ Perry Como RCA UK1975
Notes: ~ 'This song came out of my own personal experience,' recalls composer Ervin Drake. '
I have two daughters. Linda, who is married now, was 14, and Betsy was 8. I really felt
my problems and apprehensions as a father of girls would touch a responsive strain in
any father with daughters.' Of Perry's performance, Drake has said, 'Perry sang it in a
very quiet, very sensitive way. After all, he himself is the father of girls'.
 
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
With The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Recorded in RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recorded December 29, 1967
 
see note!Note: the single version of Perry's "Father of Girls" was included within the UK compilation
"The First Thirty Years" and the only known release on LP. Although recorded in stereo,
it was released within that compilation electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo.
The full stereo version of this single was first released in 1999 within the compact disc
compilation "The Essential 60's Singles Collection" from Taragon Records.
The original single version was re-recorded with a voice-over dub for Perry's 1968
album release "Look To Your Heart". Although the actual date of the re-recording
is not known, nor generally acknowledged, it probably occurred during the album sessions
from June 5th to 19th, 1968.  All other album re-releases of this song have been the 1968 version.

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