Perry Como Live On Tour ~ at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July, 1980Perry Como in Concert

If I Could Almost Read Your Mind1987 photo of Perry by Vincent Ialenti

Words and Music by Ray Charles and Nick Perito
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
 
2nd recording 1980 'Live'  ~
 
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with Vocal Arrangements by Ray Charles
 
Live recording on location produced by Mike Berniker
Time 31:36 Side A and 28:42 Side B applause and talk included
 
Recording Engineer: Mike Moran
RCA Mobile Unit: Ron Olson and Tom Brown
Mastering Engineer: Mike Posner
 
Recorded 'Live' at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July 29th, 30th, 31st, 1980
Lyrics Version 2 ~ 1980
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Live On Tour" AQL1-3826 STEREO 1981
 
Live On Tour ~ 1980

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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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