Glendora (song)

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Single by Perry Como
B-side "More"
Published 1956
Format 45 rpm record, 78 rpm record
Recorded May 8, 1956
Label RCA Victor (20-6554)
Songwriter(s) Ray Stanley

"Glendora" is a popular song written by Ray Stanley and published in 1956. It was recorded on May 8, 1956 by Perry Como. It was released by RCA Victor in the United States (catalog number 20-6554 on 78rpm, 47-6554 on 45rpm) and by RCA in France (catalog number 45-326); it was released in the United Kingdom]by HMV (catalog number POP-240).

The song deals with a man's unusual attraction to a department store mannequin, and his disillusionment when, at the end of the song, he happens to see it disassembled during the store's renovation.

The flip side of the US and UK releases is "More." The French release's flip side is "Mandolins in the Moonlight." The song reached number eight on the US charts and number 18 on the UK charts.

"Glendora" was re-released by RCA Victor as a single in the "Gold Standard" series (catalog numbers 420-0817 and 447-0817), backed with "More." It has been included on albums Como-Tion (an extended play album released in 1960) and Love Makes the World Go 'Round (an LP released in 1964).

The song was later recorded by Billy Young in 1963, the Downliners Sect in 1966, and the Slickee Boys in 1979.

In Finland the song has been recorded by Olavi Virta ("Glendora"), Brita Koivunen ("Ikkunaprinssi"), and Rauli Badding Somerjoki ("Ikkunaprinsessa").

The song is repeatedly mentioned in Nikos Nikolaidis legendary Greek film "The Wretches Are Still Singing (Ta kourelia tragoudane akoma)" filmed in 1979. More specifically, one of the leading actors mentions at the start of the film that "Well do you know when everything screwed up?" giving the same time the answer "When that cretin Perry Como sang Glendora". However at the end of the film another leading actor admits that it was not Perry Como's fault by saying that "It was one of Konstantinos' jokes to cover things up".