Original RCA Recording

Round and RoundPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman, 1956
Rush Music Corporation
Arranged by Joe Reisman and Ray Charles
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Joe Carlton
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Time 2:30
Recorded January 15, 1957   ~   Matrix No. H2PB 0965 Take 15
Orchestra Studio Time  2:00 PM to 7:00PM 
Chorus 1:00 pm to 7:00 PM 
Session times include "I Accuse" and "I Have You to Thank"
Conductor: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross ( Sax ) 
Choir Contractor: Ray Charles
Sax ~ Hank Ross, Harry Terrill, Bernard Kaufman,
Stanley Webb, Philip Zolkind, Abraham Richman
Trumpet ~ Melven Solomon, James Maxwell, James Milazzo, Bernie Glow
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne, Warren Covington, John D'Agostino, Bart Varsalona
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Danny Perri, Anthony "Tony" Mottola
Bass ~ Jack Lasberg 
Choir ~ Ray Charles, Lois Winter, Sue Singleton, Carla Houston,
Rosemary Jun, Ann Phillips, Ann Ryan, Steve Steck, James Tushar,
Jack Brown, Bob Harris, Robert Spiro, Herbert Davidson,
David Vogel, Leonard Stea 
Single release: RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-6815.
Single Flip Side: "Mi Casa, Su Casa ( My House Is Your House )"
US Chart Position No. 1
Como's Golden Records ~ 1958

On an icy January afternoon in 1957, Perry Como recorded one of his hottest hits. For perhaps an hour, Perry and the musicians experimented with the background sound, then settled on drummer Terry Snyder's wire brushes on his drum case. 'We all thought it would be a hot one,' Perry said later of Round and Round. But if we handed it to an arranger, what could he arrange? There was really nothing there. I said why don't we do a row-row-row-your boat-thing. I started the beat on the piano, and that's what we came up with.' And that's how some million-sellers are born!

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

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