Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959

O Come All Ye Faithful  ( Adeste Fidelis )

Latin Hymn translated by Frederick Oakeley
 
Recorded in part 1959 ~ medley "The Story of The First Christmas"
 
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
 
Recorded July 13, 1959 in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Matrix No. K2PB 454 ( ? ) Take ( ? ) ~ Recording Time 10:01
 
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-5-2066 ( M2PO-5364 1S )
Christmas Medley: includes O Little Town of Bethlehem / O Come All Ye Faithful / Silent Night
Single Flip Side: "O Holy Night"
Lyrics

 
Notes: ~ This perennial Christmas favorite was written in France in the mid 1700s under the title "Adeste Fideles."
The composers are unknown. "Adeste Fideles" was first published in England in John F. Wade's volume Cantus
Diversi (1751). In 1841 Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880) translated the Latin words into English.
 
A hymn used at Benediction at Christmastide in France and England since the close of the eighteenth century.
It was sung at the Portuguese Legation in London as early as 1797. The most popular musical setting was ascribed
by Vincent Novello, organist there, to John Reading, who was organist at Winchester Cathedral from 1675-81, and
later at Winchester College. The hymn itself has been attributed to St. Bonaventure, but it is not found among his
works. It is probably of French or German authorship. It invites all the faithful to come to Bethlehem to worship
the new-born Saviour.

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