1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Wild Horses recorded by Perry Como with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra and Chorus
Written by K. C. Rogan (pseudonym for Johnny Burke) Introduced February 14, 1953, on RCA Victor records #5152
Versatile Perry Como was at the peak of his popularity—his recordings of Hoop-Dee-Doo, If, Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, No Other Love, Wanted, Hot Diggity, Round and Round, and Catch a Falling Star were all #1 hits in the fifties. Perry Como’s baritone voice and style are perfectly showcased in Wild Horses, adapted from Robert Schumann’s Wilder Reiter (Wild Horseman). In this outstanding recording, nothing, not even a pack of wild horses pulling her away in a wagon, could keep these lovers apart. However, the song failed to become a top hit in spite of a unique arrangement that included plucked and bowed violins and a background chorus of ‘hi-yup, hi-yup, hi-yup.’ Perry Como did not begin recording until 1943 when he was 31 years old. His early traditional crooning style plus his later relaxed manner and focus on novelty material were heavily indebted to Bing Crosby, though Perry Como’s appeal during the fifties was virtually unrivaled. His dreamy baritone and irresistible laid-back singing worked especially well on ballads. He has a reputation as one of the singers who defined the style of music known as middle-of-the-road pop.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"What a sight you are, how bright you are, you glow. Take that sight away and right away I go, straight to your door over obstacle courses"