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I'll Remember April

~ from the 1942 Western Musical Comedy "Ride 'em Cowboy"
Music by Gene DePaul and lyrics by Patricia Johnston, and Don Raye 
Leeds Music Corp. ASCAP
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 3:00
Recorded June 21st, 1962   ~  Matrix No. N5PW-3018 Take 6
By Request ~ 1962

For a few brief minutes, "I'll Remember April" was an oasis of sanity in the madness of the 1942 Abbott and Costello film "Ride 'Em Cowboy." Dick Foran, the handsome square-jawed hero on the Universal set, sang the song in it's film debut. For a long time it remained a love song, but then it was discovered by the jazz players, who loved it's chord structure and found it a perfect vehicle for endless improvisation. In Perry's hands, it's a love song again, and he seems to caress it with his voice. It's a fine performance, one of Perry's best.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

Notes: ~ introduced by Dick Foran in the 1942 Abbott and Costello Western Musical Comedy "Ride 'em Cowboy" with Ella Fitzgerald and the Merry Macs singing tunes including "A Tisket A Tasket" and Foran crooning "I'll Remember April."


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