1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Wonder of You recorded by Ray Peterson with orchestra and chorus conducted by Shorty Rogers
Written by Baker Knight Introduced May 18, 1959, on RCA Victor records #47-7513
An ‘OW…OW…OW’ing chorus repeats The Wonder of You and Ray Peterson questions why his girlfriend loves him when no one else understands him and everything he does is wrong. This song was originally written by Baker Knight for Perry Como. Eleven years later Elvis Presley would have a top-ten hit with his version. Ray Peterson had an unusual start in the music business—he sang to entertain other patients while was being treated for polio in a Texas hospital. He wasn’t discovered until he moved to Los Angeles. Ray Peterson began his career recording cover songs. He did his version of Fever (a year before Peggy Lee) and a version of Perez Prado’s Patricia before releasing his first charting song in 1959, The Wonder of You. Ray Peterson’s biggest success came in early 1960 when he made the top-ten with the teen-death-tear-jerker, Tell Laura I Love Her. In late 1960, he started his own label, Dunes, and worked with producer Phil Spector on Corinna, Corinna that also hit the top-ten.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"You're always there To lend a hand In all I try to do That's the wonder The wonder of you"