By Request (Perry Como album)

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By Request
Studio album by Perry Como
Released 1962
Recorded 1962 (June 8, 14, 21, 26)
Genre Vocal
Length 38:09
Label RCA Victor
Producer Hugo & Luigi
Perry Como chronology
Sing to Me Mr. C
(1961)
By Request
(1962)
The Best of Irving Berlin's Songs from Mr. President
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

By Request was Perry Como's Ninth RCA Victor 12" long-play album, and the seventh recorded in full "living" stereophonic sound.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

The title to By Request made it sound like a number of his earlier LPs, again with the implication that the song choices were made by his audience rather than himself. But where previous records like We Get Letters and Sing to Me Mr. C consisted of old standards (in contrast to the new compositions that made up his single releases), By Request was, for the most part, a collection of recent material. In many cases, Como was borrowing songs associated with his competitors: Jack Jones had just scored a hit with "Lollipops and Roses"; Como's RCA labelmate Elvis Presley had done the same with "Can't Help Falling in Love", from his film Blue Hawaii; Tony Bennett was already popularizing the wistful "Once Upon a Time" from the Broadway musical All American; and Andy Williams had claimed the year's Oscar winner, "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. The other tracks included "Maria", newly popular due to the movie version of West Side Story, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music, and "The Sweetest Sounds" from Richard Rodgers' new, solely composed show No Strings. Many critics said that the material suited Como especially well, and some even claimed that the singer had made the songs his own. By Request was Como's most successful non-holiday LP release in three years.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Maria" (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) – 3:28
  2. "Lollipops and Roses" (words and music by Tony Velona) – 2:43
  3. "The Sweetest Sounds" (words and music by Richard Rodgers) – 2:46
  4. "More than Likely" (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) – 2:52
  5. "Moonglow and Theme from 'Picnic' – 3:23
  6. "My Favorite Things" (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:56

Side two[edit]

  1. "Once Upon a Time" (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams) – 3:50
  2. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (words and music by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore) – 3:07
  3. "What's New?" (music by Bob Haggart, lyrics by Johnny Burke) – 3:04
  4. "Somebody Cares" (music by Johnny Robba, Frank Reardon, and Ernest G. Schweikert) – 3:18
  5. "I'll Remember April" (music by Gene DePaul, lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye) – 3:02
  6. "Moon River" (music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) –

A recording of "The Bells of St. Mary's" was made during the sessions, but left off the completed album.[2] It was not released until its inclusion on the compilation CD A Perry Como Christmas in 2001, and "My Favorite Things" is also on, A Perry Como Christmas album.

Personnel[edit]

  • Perry Como – Vocals
  • Peter Gamble – Liner Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Request (Perry Como album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "By Request". Kokomo. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "By Request-credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 

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