Prisoner of Love (Russ Columbo song)

"Prisoner of Love" is a 1931 popular song, with music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill and lyrics by Leo Robin.

"Prisoner of Love"
Single by Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra
A-side"All Through the Day"
PublishedOctober 19, 1931 (1931-10-19) by Con Conrad Music Publisher, Ltd., New York[1]
ReleasedMarch 1946 (1946-03)
RecordedDecember 18, 1945 (1945-12-18)[2]
StudioRCA Victor Studio 2, New York City[2]
GenrePopular music
Length3:25
LabelRCA Victor 20-1814[2]
Composer(s)Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill[1]
Lyricist(s)Leo Robin[1]
Producer(s)Eli Oberstein and Herb Hendler[2]
Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra singles chronology
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows / You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)"
(1946)
"Prisoner of Love"
(1946)
"They Say It's Wonderful / If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)"
(1946)

BackgroundEdit

Written in 1931, Leo Robin has related how publisher Con Conrad walked into his hotel room with Russ Columbo and asked him to write words within the hour for a tune he had. Robin, who was on vacation, at first refused, but Conrad explained that he wanted Columbo to demonstrate it to Flo Ziegfeld who needed a song for Helen Morgan in one of his shows. Robin then wrote the lyric, which he afterwards said he disliked, and the song was duly performed for Ziegfeld, but he did not accept it.[3] Russ Columbo, however, sang it on his radio show and recorded it on October 9, 1931, for Victor Records,[4] and it was very popular in 1932.[5] Columbo also sang it in the 1933 short film That Goes Double.[6] In 1946, the song became a major hit for Billy Eckstine, Perry Como, and the Ink Spots.[7]

Billy Eckstine versionEdit

African-American crooner Billy Eckstine recorded his version with Duke Ellington on piano and Art Blakey on drums, on September 4, 1945. The record became a million seller and a No. 10 hit.[8]

Perry Como versionsEdit

Perry Como's first recording was made on December 18, 1945 and released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-1814-B. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 30, 1946 and lasted 21 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 1.[9] The flip side was "All Through the Day".[10] 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.[11]

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 Perry Como 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).

The Como version was used on the soundtrack of the 1980 film, Raging Bull.[12]

The Ink Spots versionEdit

This was recorded on March 18, 1946 for Decca Records (catalogue No. 18864),[13] and it spent 11 weeks in the USA charts, peaking at No. 9.[14]

James Brown versionEdit

"Prisoner of Love"
Single by James Brown
from the album Prisoner of Love
B-side"Choo-Choo (Locomotion)"
ReleasedApril 1963 (1963-04)
RecordedDecember 17, 1962
StudioBell Sound (New York City)
GenreR&B, Soul
Length2:24
LabelKing Records
5739
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • James Brown
  • Hal Neely
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Every Beat of My Heart"
(1963)
"Prisoner of Love"
(1963)
"These Foolish Things"
(1963)

James Brown revived "Prisoner of Love" in 1963. It charted at No. 6 R&B and at No. 18 Pop.[15] The studio recording was arranged by Sammy Lowe.[16] 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.

Other notable recordingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Prisoner of Love". www.kokomo.ca. Retrieved 2022-09-30.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Fred (1986). The Crosby Collection 1926-1977 (Part 4 - 1951-1960 ed.). Gateshead, UK: John Joyce. p. 164.
  3. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 97. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 569. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  7. ^ Billy Eckstine, 'Mr B', ASV Mono, Living Era, 2001
  8. ^ Gilliland, John (197X). "Show 16" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  9. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Number One Song of the Year: 1946-2015". Bobborst.com. Archived from the original on 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
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  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 223. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84.
  15. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  16. ^ Bhamra, Chunny. "Prisoner Of Love by Roy Fox and his Band". Albowlly.club. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  17. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "Teddy Wilson Catalog". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
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  22. ^ "I Remember Russ - Jerry Vale | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  23. ^ "Matt Monro - Prisoner Of Love". 45cat.com. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  24. ^ "The Platters - My Secret". 45cat.com. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
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  26. ^ "Keely Smith - Because You're Mine". Discogs.com. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  27. ^ "Pat Boone - I'll See You In My Dreams". Discogs.com. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  28. ^ "Rock Steady with Flo & Eddie - Flo & Eddie | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2021.

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