Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes: Perry Como

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    • im6 Says:

      I’d originally intended to share my favorite version of this song — the one by k.d. lang. Her recording just completely captivates me. So I went searching for it on YouTube. Well…. little did I know my search would turn into an investigation and discovery that this little song has quite a history.

      The song was first recorded by Slim Willet and the Brush Cutters (reaching #1)and then by Ray Price (reaching #4). Skeets McDonald followed with a Western swing hit, reaching #1 and staying on the charts 18 weeks. The best selling performance was the pop version recorded by Perry Como with The Ramblers on November 4, 1952.

      Naturally I just had to listen to all those other versions and they are certainly different, but I still liked k.d.’s version best. UNTIL…

      Prepare to be knocked out by the 1953 version by Eileen (“If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake”) Barton. Is that piccolo? flute? opening an attention-grabber or what?!

      • im6 Says:

        Darn, that link has 47 versions! Try this for Eileen only: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdBO1yBxarg

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I totally love her version of this song. It has a bit of western swing about it, one of my favorite musical genres. I don’t like C&W but I do love that swing. Now I’ll finish listening to this and hunt down Skeets McDonald.

        I found the Skeets but it was too far on the country side for my liking.

        I found some more Eileen Barton on e-music and downloaded Come Rain or Come Shine. It wasn’t on youTube but here is a download for you.

        https://app.box.com/s/qiys3w0wrmotvypxu5zc

        IO think you’ll love her here.

  1. im6 Says:

    How right you are, Kat, that’s a terrific version of CROCS. I have it sung by several different singers on my hard drive, but this one is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I knew as soon as I heard it that you would love it too.

      It was my pleasure to find a song for you as generous as you are in finding them for me.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Im6
    And so what happened to KD Lang ? Shadowland, Torch and Twang and then the discs were few and far between and of rapidly declining quality. I never see shows around.
    She was fab, really really fab

  3. im6 Says:

    It pains me to dish kathy dawn, but…. how right you are about declining quality. I’m of the opinion that began when she started writing and recording her own songs. Terrific singer with few who can touch her, but a songwriter she’s not. Sorry, kd, but one line sung over and over and over does not a song make. Then she got dragged into singing with Tony Bennett for a couple of years which made her almost seem like some revival act. She quit having fun in her concerts — and, oh, but they were fun back when she started and still in her cowgirl get-ups. I credit “Shawdowland” for turning me around in my opinion of country music. With kd’s vocals and Owen Bradley’s production, it’s almost a perfect record. From that album, here’s the aforementioned “Don’t Let The Stars…”


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