By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Collectables Records' two-CD set By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C. combines two early-'60s Perry Como albums. By Request, actually the later of the two discs, having been released initially in 1962, finds Como tackling some of the best songs of the day, the album given over to early-'60s hits like "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Moon River." Of course, those songs are closely associated with other singers, but Como puts his stamp on them, as he does with such quality material as "Maria" from West Side Story and "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. Sing to Me, Mr. C., originally released in 1961, keys off the popular medley segment of Como's TV show, complete ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Collectables Records' two-CD set By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C. combines two early-'60s Perry Como albums. By Request, actually the later of the two discs, having been released initially in 1962, finds Como tackling some of the best songs of the day, the album given over to early-'60s hits like "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Moon River." Of course, those songs are closely associated with other singers, but Como puts his stamp on them, as he does with such quality material as "Maria" from West Side Story and "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. Sing to Me, Mr. C., originally released in 1961, keys off the popular medley segment of Como's TV show, complete with performances of his opening and closing themes, plus six medleys of three songs each. The nearly 43-minute running time, unusually long for a pop album of the era, made it impossible for Collectables to put the two albums on one CD. The medleys don't usually have any apparent thematic or musical cohesion, and especially on record they just seem like a series of unrelated songs, some with little space in between. But again the material is terrific, including many vintage standards and Broadway or Hollywood hits written by the likes of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lerner & Loewe, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Como is given excellent support on both discs by the string-filled Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers, with special emphasis placed on the contributions of guitarist Tony Mottola on the second disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431276228
  • Catalog Number: 2762
  • Sales rank: 59,286

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Perry Como Primary Artist
Urbie Green Trombone
Mel Davis Trumpet
Debra Laws Vocals
Robert Alexander Trombone
Maurice Brown Cello
Mac Ceppos Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Robert Hartman Vocals
Max Hollander Violin
Isadore Zir Viola
Tony Mottola Guitar, Leader
Danny Perri Guitar
Margaret Ross Harp
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Alan Shulman Cello
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Harry Urbont Violin
Jack Zayde Violin
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Stanley Webb Saxophone
Lois Winter Vocals
John d'Agostino Trombone
Sonny Igoe Drums
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Harry Terrill Saxophone
Philip Zolkind Saxophone
Henry Rowland Piano
Alan Sokoloff Vocals
Robert Haggart Bass
James Maxwell Trumpet
William Elliott Vocals
Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music Leader
Roberta Carlson Vocals
Louis Angel Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Geoff Parsons Composer
George Duning Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The One True Perry Como Album...

    ...that's how we referred to this album when it was released in 1961. Six medleys, each of three songs, in the format of the Wednesday night ''Kraft Music Hall.'' Each LP side began with the Ray Charles Singers' weekly intro to the medleys, ''Sing To Me, Mr. C,'' and the album ends with a too-brief fragment of his lovely closing theme, ''You Are Never Far Away From Me.'' This is the Perry Como we remember most. The second line of the closing theme tells how we will remember Perry Como, always: ''When we part I hold your memory....''

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