And I Love You So (1973)

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Perry Como (born Pierino Ronald Como May 18, 1912 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, died from complications from Alzheimer's Disease May 12, 2001 in Jupiter, Florida.)

Perry was the seventh son of a seventh son. His father was an amateur baritone, and had all his children attend music lessons even if he could barely afford them. Young Perry started helping his family at the age of 10 by working in a barber shop for 50 cents a week. He mastered the skills well enough to have his own shop at the age of 14.

Como later became one of the most popular singers of the 1950s. Como had 14 US #1 hits: "Till The End Of Time" (1945); "Prisoner Of Love" (1946); "Surrender" (1946); "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba" (1947); " A - You're Adorable" (1949); "Some Enchanted Evening" (1949); "Hoop-De-Doo" (1950); "If" (1951); "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" (1952); "No Other Love" (1953); "Wanted" (1954); "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" (1956); "Round And Round" (1957); and "Catch A Falling Star" (1958), which was his first Gold record and earned him his only Grammy award.

In January 1973, Como traveled to Nashville to record at RCA's Nashville Sound Studio with producer Chet Atkins. One song recorded was a cover of Don McLean's "And I Love You So".

After that was released as a single and became a hit, Como and Atkins went back into the studio in March and April to record an album of recent hits, named after the hit song. One song, "Killing Me Softly With Her Song" was written about a performance by the writer of "And I Love You So", Don McLean. The album went gold.

In 1974 "And I Love You So" was nominated for the Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life".

Chart position:
#29 (US), #1 (US Adult Contemporary), #3 (UK).

It was Perry Como's last Top 40 single.

Written by:
Don McLean (born October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York.)

Don McLean is a singer-songwriter most famous for his #1 US and #2 UK hit "American Pie". McLean is credited with coining the phrase "The Day The Music Died" to refer to the February 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson, Jr. (The Big Bopper).

In addition to "American Pie" and "And I Love You So", McLean wrote such songs as "Vincent" (written about Vincent van Gogh,) "Castles in the Air", "Winterwood", "Wonderful Baby" (written about Fred Astaire,) and "Superman's Ghost" (written about George Reeves, who played Superman on TV in the 1950s.)

Also by: Elvis Presley (on his 1975 album Today,) Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Emmylou Harris, Engelbert Humperdink, Howard Keel, Johnny Mathis, Nana Mouskouri, Jim Nabors, Tom T. Hall, Helen Reddy, Bobby Vinton and more.

Originally by:
Don McLean, released on his 1970 debut album Tapestry.

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