Prisoner of Love (Russ Columbo song)

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1931 recording featuring Russ Columbo

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"Prisoner Of Love" is a 1931 popular song with music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill and lyrics by Leo Robin. The song was popularized by Columbo and later became a major hit for Billy Eckstine, Connie Francis,Perry Como and The Ink Spots.

Billy Eckstine version[edit]

African-American crooner Billy Eckstine recorded his version with Duke Ellington on piano and Art Blakey on drums September 4, 1945. The record became a million seller and a #10 hit. [1]

Perry Como versions[edit]

Como's first recording was made on December 18, 1945 and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1814-B. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 30, 1946 and lasted 3 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. The flip side was "All Through the Day". This recording was re-released in 1949, by RCA Victor, as a 78rpm single (catalog number 20-3298-A) and a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-2886), with the flip side "Temptation." Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song of the year for 1946.[2]

Como made two further recordings of the song: one in February, 1946 for a V-Disc, number CS-656-B, and another in July 1970 in a live performance in Las Vegas, issued as a long-playing album (titled In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas in its United States and United Kingdom releases, Perry Como In Person in its Japanese release, and Perry Como In Concert in its Dutch release).

James Brown version[edit]

"Prisoner of Love"
Single by James Brown
from the album Prisoner of Love
B-side "Choo-Choo (Locomotion)"
Released April 1963 (1963-04)
Format 7"
Recorded December 17, 1962, Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 2:24
Label King Records
  • James Brown
  • Hal Neely
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Every Beat of My Heart" (B-side of "Like a Baby")
"Prisoner of Love"
"These Foolish Things"

James Brown revived "Prisoner of Love" in 1963. It charted #6 R&B and #18 Pop, becoming Brown's first song to enter the Pop Top Twenty.[3] The studio recording was arranged by Sammy Lowe.[4] Brown performed the song live with his vocal group, The Famous Flames, in the concert film T.A.M.I. Show and on a mid-1960s telecast of The Ed Sullivan Show. It also appears on many of his live albums.

Preceded by
"I'm a Big Girl Now" by Sammy Kaye
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
May 4, 1946–May 18, 1946 (Perry Como)
Succeeded by
"The Gypsy" by The Ink Spots


  1. ^ Billy Eckstine, 'Mr B', ASV Mono, Living Era, 2001
  2. ^ "Number One Song of the Year: 1946-2015". Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  3. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  4. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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