Original RCA Recording

Hello, Young Lovers ~ 1951 versionPerry Como
~ from the 1951 Stage musical "The King and I"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II , 1951 
Williamson Music, Inc.
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording time 3:16
Recorded March 20th & 27th, 1951   ~  Matrix No. E1VB-1355 Take 1 - 1A & 2 - 2A
Lyrics ~ 1951 Version
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-4112-A
Single Flip Side: "We Kiss in a Shadow"
US Chart Position No. 27
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With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recorded March 20 & 27, 1951
Notes: ~ Shortly after the hit musical 'The King and I' opened on Broadway, composer Richard Rodgers noted, 'I've tried to tell the story through music. 'The King and I' is truly a musical drama, with every song advancing the plot. We ask the audience to believe that the people are on stage, who face many serious problems of life, will suddenly stop talking and burst into song. We tried to avoid the reality by the singing, and the singing by the reality.' Perry gives the play's Hello, Young Lovers a bright and bouncy reading, making the bittersweet words become happy and hopeful.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

Notes 2: ~ Introduced by Gertrude Lawrence in the 1951 Stage Musical "The King and I". 
Perry had a best-selling record for RCA Victor that same year. In the 1956 Hollywood Musical
it was performed by Deborah Kerr with her voice dubbed on the soundtrack by Marni Nixon.

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