Notes: ~ the 1954 lyric for
this song was written to a melody called
by Johnny Richards fifteen
years earlier. Frank Sinatra's recording with Nelson
established the song as a standard and
the title was given to the 1955 film "Young at
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
and musical adaptations by O.B. Masingill and this song
forms the title of the album.
~ 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
'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
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.