Notes: ~ Perry's voice has been described by experts as 'a lovely Italian baritone with close to a two-octave range, a flawlessly even scale from top to bottom, a masterly use of half-voice and head-voice, phrasing at once fastidious and eloquent . . . and immaculate, unobtrusive enunciation.' To hear that description come to life, listen to this charming love song. Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the song was one of the delights of their 1966 Broadway musical 'I Do! I Do!', based on the play 'The Fourposter' by Jan de Hartog. The musical had only two characters — Robert Preston and Mary Martin — in a remarkable performance, which covered the life together, from honey moon to old age, of a couple in love.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
Notes: ~ Introduced by Mary Martin and Robert Preston in the Broadway Stage musical "I Do! I Do!" in 1966 and a hit recording for Ed Ames the following year. Mr. Como's rendition is less aggressive than Ames and an example of what music critic Gene Lees describes, " Listen in this album to the perfection of his intonation, the beauty of the sound he produces, the constant comfortable breath control. And take notice of his high notes. Layman are often impressed by the high note you can hear for five blocks. Professionals know that it is far more difficult to hit a high note quietly. Como lights on a C or D at the top of a tune as softly as a bird on a branch, not even shaking it. "
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