Tell Laura I Love Her [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The first comprehensive anthology of Ray Peterson's RCA Victor and Dunes recordings rounds up most of his hits and shows the frail-looking teen idol -- known primarily for his contribution to the teen tragedy craze, "Tell Laura I Love Him" -- to be a talented pop vocalist with a piercing falsetto. Peterson's infrequent rock & roll performances tend to be his weakest; he shines the most on the orchestrated teen ballads that exercise his pure pop vocal abilities. Johnny Vallis' essay details Peterson's troubled journey from his polio-stricken childhood to becoming a sickly, underweight star whose manager physically abused him. Several of Peterson's Dunes songs appear in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The first comprehensive anthology of Ray Peterson's RCA Victor and Dunes recordings rounds up most of his hits and shows the frail-looking teen idol -- known primarily for his contribution to the teen tragedy craze, "Tell Laura I Love Him" -- to be a talented pop vocalist with a piercing falsetto. Peterson's infrequent rock & roll performances tend to be his weakest; he shines the most on the orchestrated teen ballads that exercise his pure pop vocal abilities. Johnny Vallis' essay details Peterson's troubled journey from his polio-stricken childhood to becoming a sickly, underweight star whose manager physically abused him. Several of Peterson's Dunes songs appear in re-recorded stereo rather than the original mono versions, including his second-biggest hit, "Corrina, Corinna." As a result, the version of that song presented here cannot be accurately considered the hit, but it is so similar to the original that most listeners will not notice the difference. There are a number of oddities in Peterson's catalog, including a pop version of Webb Pierce's country hit "I'm Tired," a vocal version of Pérez Prado's instrumental hit "Patricia," and the dramatic teen tragedy song "Give Us Your Blessings," which later became a hit for the Shangri-Las. Spectorites will be interested in the Dunes recordings that Phil Spector produced, but, unlike the typical Bear Family release, Peterson's anthology does not include a discography or sessionography. Tell Laura I Love Her is a lavish tribute to a teen idol whose fascinating and sometimes tragic biography is as interesting as the music itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051588021
  • Catalog Number: 15880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Corrina, Corrina (2:40)
  2. 2 Fever (2:40)
  3. 3 The Wonder of You (2:36)
  4. 4 Tell Laura I Love Her (2:56)
  5. 5 I'm Tired (1:59)
  6. 6 Shirley Purley (2:42)
  7. 7 Is It Wrong (2:25)
  8. 8 Come and Get It (2:09)
  9. 9 Teenage Heartache (2:24)
  10. 10 Promises (2:27)
  11. 11 Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (2:39)
  12. 12 We're Old Enough to Cry (2:29)
  13. 13 What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For (2:07)
  14. 14 You Thrill Me (1:52)
  15. 15 Doggonit (2:02)
  16. 16 I Forgot What It Was Like (2:38)
  17. 17 Wedding Day (2:11)
  18. 18 Missing You (2:46)
  19. 19 My Blue Angel (2:53)
  20. 20 Give Us Your Blessings (2:53)
  21. 21 I'm Gone (2:01)
  22. 22 Sweet Little Kathy (2:17)
  23. 23 Patricia (2:08)
  24. 24 I'm Not Jimmy (2:57)
  25. 25 You Didn't Care (1:58)
  26. 26 Answer Me, My Love (2:21)
  27. 27 I Could Have Loved You So Well (2:10)
  28. 28 Be My Girl (2:13)
  29. 29 Till Then (2:07)
  30. 30 Suddenly (2:36)
  31. 31 Richer Than I (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Peterson Primary Artist, Vocals
Phil Bodner Saxophone
King Curtis Saxophone
Victor Feldman Vibes
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Pete Jolly Piano
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rehak Trombone
Harry Breuer Drums
Al Caiola Guitar
Mel Davis Trumpet
Don Lamond Drums
Marni Nixon Choir, Chorus
Salli Terri Choir, Chorus
David Nadien Violin
George Duvivier Bass
Stan Applebaum Leader
Everett Barksdale Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gil Bernal Saxophone
Maurice Brown Cello
Roland Bundock Bass
Michael Chimes Harmonica
Peggy Clark Choir, Chorus
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
James Getzoff Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Sol Gubin Drums
Roy Harte Drums
Milt Holland Drums
Howard Roberts Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Hugo Winterhalter Leader
Isadore Zir Viola
Bert Keyes Piano
Leo Kruczek Violin
Carl LaMagna Violin
Hugo Peretti Leader
Charles Macey Guitar
Joe Mondragon Bass
Amerigo Marino Violin
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Robert Mersey Conductor
Ralph Pena Bass
William Pitman Guitar
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Samuel Rand Violin
Allan Reuss Guitar
Wally Richardson Electric Guitar
Abraham Richman Saxophone
Art Ryerson Guitar
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Sol Schlinger Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Alan Shulman Cello
Christine Spencer Choir, Chorus
Jack Sperling Drums
Maretha Stewart Choir, Chorus
Jesse Stone Leader
Henry Sugar Violin
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Gerald Vinci Violin
Alton Hendrickson Guitar
Alicia Adams Choir, Chorus
Doles Dickens Bass
Joseph R. Gibbons Guitar
William A. Glover Choir, Chorus
Felix Orlewitz Violin
James Rowles Piano
Vito Mumolo Guitar
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Bob Tebow Choir, Chorus
Doryce Brown Choir, Chorus
Lillian Clark Choir, Chorus
Jack Halloran Choir, Chorus
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Howard Kay Viola
Bob Mersey Conductor
Milton Norman Guitar
Morris Wechsler Piano
Abel DeCosta Choir, Chorus
Andrew Ackers Piano
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Frank Saracco Trombone
Julius Schacter Violin
Al Chernet Guitar
Jerry Duane Choir, Chorus
Leon Frengut Viola
Bill Kanady Choir, Chorus
Eugene Lowell Choir, Chorus
Sebastian Mure Guitar
Alan Sokoloff Choir, Chorus
James Stover Choir, Chorus
Miriam Workman Choir, Chorus
Walter Spriggs Bongos
Abram Borodkin Cello
The Ray Charles Singers Choir, Chorus
Jerry Packer Choir, Chorus
Baker Knight Guitar
Gene Lowell Choir, Chorus
Bob Burns Jr. Saxophone
David Mankowitz Viola
Cleone Duncan Choir, Chorus
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank Saxophone
Edwin Lindstrom Choir, Chorus
Peggy Powers Choir, Chorus
Rae Whitney Choir, Chorus
Marc Brown Violin
Hilmer J. Timbrell Guitar
George Brown Viola
Thomas Kay Guitar
Keith Booth Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Ray Price Composer
Red Sovine Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Ray Peterson Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Pérez Prado Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Bo Chatmon Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Jack Davis Composer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Robert Mersey Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
R.H. Peirce Producer
Webb Pierce Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Fred Reynolds Producer
Peter Udell Composer
Richard Ihnaton Wiez Reissue Producer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Lee Schapiro Producer
Murray Wecht Composer
Bob Mersey Arranger
Eddie Cooley Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
George Matola Composer
Gary Geld Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Mack David Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Bob Marcus Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Ray Stanley Composer
Hal Beckett Composer
Barry Abbott Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck Photo Scanning
Stanley Shulman Producer
Lawrence Smith Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Dale Noe Composer
Johnny Vallis Liner Notes, Biographical Information
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