Tell Laura I Love Her [Bear Family]

Tell Laura I Love Her [Bear Family]

by Ray PetersonRay Peterson


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The first comprehensive anthology of Ray Peterson's RCA Victor and Dunes recordings rounds up most of his hits and shows the frail-looking teen idol -- known primarily for his contribution to the teen tragedy craze, "Tell Laura I Love Him" -- to be a talented pop vocalist with a piercing falsetto. Peterson's infrequent rock & roll performances tend to be his weakest; he shines the most on the orchestrated teen ballads that exercise his pure pop vocal abilities. Johnny Vallis' essay details Peterson's troubled journey from his polio-stricken childhood to becoming a sickly, underweight star whose manager physically abused him. Several of Peterson's Dunes songs appear in re-recorded stereo rather than the original mono versions, including his second-biggest hit, "Corrina, Corinna." As a result, the version of that song presented here cannot be accurately considered the hit, but it is so similar to the original that most listeners will not notice the difference. There are a number of oddities in Peterson's catalog, including a pop version of Webb Pierce's country hit "I'm Tired," a vocal version of Pérez Prado's instrumental hit "Patricia," and the dramatic teen tragedy song "Give Us Your Blessings," which later became a hit for the Shangri-Las. Spectorites will be interested in the Dunes recordings that Phil Spector produced, but, unlike the typical Bear Family release, Peterson's anthology does not include a discography or sessionography. Tell Laura I Love Her is a lavish tribute to a teen idol whose fascinating and sometimes tragic biography is as interesting as the music itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2006
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127158802
catalogNumber: 15880
Rank: 77751


  1. Corrina, Corrina
  2. Fever
  3. The Wonder of You
  4. Tell Laura I Love Her
  5. I'm Tired
  6. Shirley Purley
  7. Is It Wrong
  8. Come and Get It
  9. Teenage Heartache
  10. Promises
  11. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)
  12. We're Old Enough to Cry
  13. What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For
  14. You Thrill Me
  15. Doggonit
  16. I Forgot What It Was Like
  17. Wedding Day
  18. Missing You
  19. My Blue Angel
  20. Give Us Your Blessings
  21. I'm Gone
  22. Sweet Little Kathy
  23. Patricia
  24. I'm Not Jimmy
  25. You Didn't Care
  26. Answer Me, My Love
  27. I Could Have Loved You So Well
  28. Be My Girl
  29. Till Then
  30. Suddenly
  31. Richer Than I

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Peterson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Saxophone
King Curtis   Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mel Lewis   Drums
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Pete Jolly   Piano
Seldon Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Harry Breuer   Drums
Caiola   Guitar
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Don Lamond   Drums
Marni Nixon   Choir, Chorus
Salli Terri   Choir, Chorus
David Nadien   Violin
George Duvivier   Bass
Stan Applebaum   Leader
Everett Barksdale   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gil Bernal   Saxophone
Maurice Brown   Cello
Roland Bundock   Bass
Michael Chimes   Harmonica
Peggy Clark   Choir, Chorus
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Sol Gubin   Drums
Roy Harte   Drums
Milt Holland   Drums
Howard Roberts   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Hugo Winterhalter   Leader
Isadore Zir   Viola
Bert Keyes   Piano
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Carl LaMagna   Violin
Hugo Peretti   Leader
Charles Macey   Guitar
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Amerigo Marino   Violin
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Ralph Pena   Bass
William Pitman   Guitar
John Pizzarelli   Guitar
Samuel Rand   Violin
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Wally Richardson   Electric Guitar
Abraham Richman   Saxophone
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Sol Schlinger   Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Alan Shulman   Cello
Christine Spencer   Choir, Chorus
Jack Sperling   Drums
Maretha Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Jesse Stone   Leader
Henry Sugar   Violin
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Alicia Adams   Choir, Chorus
Doles Dickens   Bass
Joseph R. Gibbons   Guitar
William A. Glover   Choir, Chorus
Felix Orlewitz   Violin
James Rowles   Piano
Vito Mumolo   Guitar
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Bob Tebow   Choir, Chorus
Doryce Brown   Choir, Chorus
Lillian Clark   Choir, Chorus
Jack Halloran   Choir, Chorus
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Howard Kay   Viola
Bob Mersey   Conductor
Milton Norman   Guitar
Morris Wechsler   Piano
Abel DeCosta   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Ackers   Piano
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Frank Saracco   Trombone
Julius Schacter   Violin
Chernet   Guitar
Jerry Duane   Choir, Chorus
Leon Frengut   Viola
Bill Kanady   Choir, Chorus
Eugene Lowell   Choir, Chorus
Sebastian Mure   Guitar
Alan Sokoloff   Choir, Chorus
James Stover   Choir, Chorus
Miriam Workman   Choir, Chorus
Walter Spriggs   Bongos
Abram Borodkin   Cello
Ray Charles Singers   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Packer   Choir, Chorus
Baker Knight   Guitar
Gene Lowell   Choir, Chorus
Bob Burns   Saxophone
David Mankowitz   Viola
Cleone Duncan   Choir, Chorus
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank   Saxophone
Edwin Lindstrom   Choir, Chorus
Peggy Powers   Choir, Chorus
Rae Whitney   Choir, Chorus
Marc Brown   Violin
Hilmer J. Timbrell   Guitar
George Brown   Viola
Thomas Kay   Guitar
Keith Booth   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Ray Price   Composer
Red Sovine   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Ray Peterson   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Pérez Prado   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Hal David   Composer
John H. Davis   Composer
Herman Diaz   Producer
Robert Mersey   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
R.H. Peirce   Producer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Fred Reynolds   Producer
Peter Udell   Composer
Richard Ihnaton Wiez   Reissue Producer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Lee Schapiro   Producer
Murray Wecht   Composer
Bob Mersey   Arranger
Eddie Cooley   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Gary Geld   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Bob Marcus   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Ray Stanley   Composer
Hal Beckett   Composer
Barry Abbott   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Stanley Shulman   Producer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Dale Noe   Composer
Johnny Vallis   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
George Motola   Composer

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