Perry Como In Person - 1970

If I Could Almost Read Your Mind

Words and Music by Ray Charles and Nick Perito
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
Conducted by Nick Perito
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Produced by Ernie Altschuler
Recorded Live June 25th, 26th, and 27th, 1970
at the International Hotel, Las Vegas
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Live Recording time 4:00
Lyrics Version 1 ~ 1970

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Notes: ~ Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot had a popular recording titled "If You Could Read My Mind"
which is often confused with this special-material composition by Ray Charles and Nick Perito. The Lightfoot
song has no connection with this song but it was on the charts at about the same time as Mr. Como's recording
of "It's Impossible" and not long following release of this live album. The Como song pokes fun at his public
persona and it was used many times in live performance with slight variations in the lyric. Through the use
of very clever lyrics and self depreciating humor, Mr. Como delivers the song with impeccable diction and
timing. During the 1970s Canadian impressionist Rich Little appeared on a Como Christmas Special and
imitated Mr. C. with special lyrics in a similar vein: "I'm beginning to sound a lot like Perrry! So relaxed
and cooool! My impression would be complete, and it would be really neat, to fall asleep while sitting
on his stool!" ( to the tune of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" which was a popular
single for Mr. C. in 1951/52 )

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Monday, January 18, 2021