By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C.

By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C.

by Perry Como


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By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C.

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431276228
catalogNumber: 2762

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
Hugo & Luigi   Producer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   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
George Duning   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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By Request/Sing to Me, Mr. C. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...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....''