Fly Me to the Moon
Fly Me to the Moon, originally titled In Other Words, is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954, since it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatras 1964 version was associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon. In 1954, when writing the song which would become Fly Me to the Moon and he played piano to accompany cabaret singers but wrote songs with Cole Porter, his idol, in mind. In response to a publishers request for a song, Bart Howard wrote a cabaret ballad in waltz time which he titled In Other Words. A publisher tried to make him some lyrics from fly me to the moon to take me to the moon. Many years Howard commented that and it took me 20 years to find out how to write a song in 20 minutes. He used his position as a piano accompanist and presenter at the Blue Angel cabaret venue to promote the song, Kaye Ballard made the first commercial recording of In Other Words. It was released by Decca in April 1954, a brief review published on 8 May 1954 in Billboard said that In Other Words was A love song sung with feeling by Miss Ballard.
This recording was released as the flipside of Lazy Afternoon which Kaye Ballard was currently performing as star of the stage show The Golden Apple. During the next few years jazz and cabaret singers released cover versions of In Other Words on EP or LP record albums including Chris Connor, Johnny Mathis, Portia Nelson and Nancy Wilson. Eydie Gormé featured the song on her 1958 album Eydie In Love which reached #20 in the Cashbox Album Charts and was nominated for a Grammy award. In 1960 Peggy Lee recorded the song made it more popular when she performed it in front of a large television audience on The Ed Sullivan Show. As the songs popularity increased, it better known as Fly Me to the Moon. In the early 1960s versions of the song were released under its new name by many well known singers, including Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Brenda Lee. Connie Francis released two versions of the song in 1963, in Italian as Portami Con Te and in Spanish as Llévame a la Luna. In 1962 Joe Harnell arranged and recorded a version in a bossa nova style.
It was released as a single in late 1962, reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963 and won Harnell a Grammy award
Pierino Ronald Perry Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943, Mr. C. as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for RCA and pioneered a musical variety television show. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967 and his television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como released numerous hit records from the 1940s through the 1970s, Comos appeal spanned generations and he was universally respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and he was the seventh of ten children and the first American-born child of Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini, who both emigrated to the US in 1910 from the Abruzzese town of Palena, Italy.
He did not begin speaking English until he entered school, since the Comos spoke Italian at home. The family had a second-hand organ his father had bought for $3, as soon as Como was able to toddle, he would head to the instrument, pump the bellows, and play music he had heard by ear. Pietro, a hand and an amateur baritone, had all his children attend music lessons even if he could barely afford them. He showed more talent in his teenage years as a trombone player in the towns brass band, playing guitar, singing at weddings. Como was a member of the Canonsburg Italian Band along with the father of singer Bobby Vinton, bandleader Stan Vinton, young Como started helping his family at age 10, working before and after school in Steve Fragapanes barber shop for 50¢ a week. By age 13, he had graduated to having his own chair in the Fragapane barber shop and it was around this time that young Como lost his weeks wages in a dice game. Filled with shame, he locked himself in his room and did not come out until hunger got the better of him and he managed to tell his father what had happened to the money his family depended on.
His father told him he was entitled to make a mistake, when Perry was 14, his father became unable to work because of a severe heart condition. Como and his brothers became the support of the household, despite his musical ability, Comos primary ambition was to become the best barber in Canonsburg. Practicing on his father, young Como mastered the skills well enough to have his own shop at age 14. One of Comos regular customers at the shop owned a Greek coffee house that included a barber shop area. Como had so much work after moving to the coffee house and his customers worked mainly at the nearby steel mills. They were well-paid, did not mind spending money on themselves, Perry did especially well when one of his customers would marry
The Perry Como Christmas Album
The Perry Como Christmas Album is Perry Comos 15th RCA Victor 12 long-play album. Como is accompanied on the album by the Ray Charles Singers, on two songs, The Little Drummer Boy and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, boy choristers from the Little Church Around the Corner and from Saint Thomas Church participated. Side 1 Christmas Eve Do You Hear What I Hear, christ Is Born The Little Drummer Boy There is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas O Holy Night Side 2 Caroling, Caroling The First Noël Hark. The track remained unreleased until its inclusion on a 1999 CD compilation of Como Christmas recordings
I Think of You
I Think of You was Perry Comos 20th 12 long-play album released by RCA Records. A review from The Gramophone said of this album, mr. Como takes a vocal look at songs which have been hits in recent months for other artists. In fact, he makes every song his own with an effortless facility possessed by very few artists, and the LP is an undiluted pleasure from beginning to end
And I Love You So (Perry Como album)
And I Love You So was Perry Comos 21st 12 long-play album released by RCA Records. As with Its Impossible, this album was issued to feature a surprise hit single, Como brought the song to the national top 40. Previous versions of the song by Elvis Presley, Bobby Goldsboro, Comos version was so successful, RCA asked him to record the song in Spanish. When Como said he didnt speak the language, he received personal Spanish lessons from the head of RCA International to get the record made. As in recent Como LPs, this collection features selections from contemporary recording artists such as Roberta Flack, The Carpenters, Ray Price, Tony Orlando and Dawn and Mac Davis