For the Young at Heart - 1961

Young at Heart

~ featured in the 1955 film "Young at Heart"
Music by Johnny Richards and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, 1954 
Cherio Music Pub., Inc. BMI
Arranged by O.B. Masingill
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra ( and Chorus )
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:53
Recorded October 26th, 1960   ~   Matrix No. L5PT-5125 Take 4
October 26, 1960 
A Hugo & Luigi Production
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
Trumpet ~ Bernie Glow 
Trumpet ~ Melvin Davis
Trumpet ~ James Milazzo 
Trombone ~ Urban Green 
Trombone ~ Robert Byrne 
Trombone ~ Robert Alexander 
Trombone ~ John D'agostino 
Sax ~ Stanley Webb
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Guitar ~ Anthony "Tony" Mottola
Guitar ~ Danny Perri 
Drums ~ Terry Snyder 
Drums ~ Ted Sommer 
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Contractor: Hugo & Luigi
Chorus members not identified 
Notes: ~ the 1954 lyric for this song was written to a melody called "Moonbeam" composed
by Johnny Richards fifteen years earlier. Frank Sinatra's recording with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra
established the song as a standard and the title was given to the 1955 film "Young at Heart"
starring Sinatra and Doris Day. Sinatra sang it under the titles and in the last scene. Perry Como's
rendition in 1960 is from his first album compilation produced by Hugo & Luigi with special
arrangements and musical adaptations by O.B. Masingill and this song forms the title of the album.
For the Young at Heart ~ RCA Victor 1961

Hugo & Luigi Producers

Several writers tried and failed to put words to this lovely tune by bandleader-arranger
Johnny Richards. Carolyn Leigh took the assignment while her father lay seriously ill in
the hospital. 'I wrote the words for him, using some of his own philosophy to cheer him up',
she recalled. 'When the song became No. 1, he was the most happy fella in the hospital'.
Frank Sinatra had a million-seller with it, and it inspired a film starring Sinatra and Doris Day.
Perry's version has a happy, zesty, full-of-life sound that is exactly right for the song's upbeat flavour.

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

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