~ Composer Richard Rodgers borrowed from himself
for the melody for this lovely ballad from the show 'Me and Juliet'. The
melody was originally a theme called Beneath the Southern Cross,
which Rodgers had composed for 'Victory at Sea', the TV series about World
War II. Perry's vocal version climaxes in a full-voiced high note
ending that is superb singing and makes for dramatic listening. Como's tine
control and the ease with which he soars to the top of his register, as
critic Henry Pleasants noted, 'so easy, so natural, so inevitable. Como
sings so well that few notice how well he sings.'
Notes: ~ the original music of
this song was the haunting theme
Southern Cross" written for the television series
"Victory at Sea" telecast by NBC-TV for
during 1952-1953. Lyrics were added by
and as a song it was introduced by
Isabel Bigley and
Richard Hayes in the Stage musical
"Me and Juliet"
and recorded by Perry in May
of 1953. The song appears t
o one of Perry's favourites and he performed it many
times 'live' in public performance and on
but he never
again recorded it.