(I can't stop loving you) I've made up my mind To live in memory of the lonesome times (I can't stop wanting you) It's useless to say So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday (Dreams of yesterday)
Those happy hours that we once knew Tho' long ago, they still make me blue They say that time heals a broken heart But time has stood still since we've been apart
(I can't stop loving you) I've made up my mind To live in memories of the lonesome times (I can't stop wanting you) It's useless to say So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Those happy hours) Those happy hours (That we once knew) That we once knew (Tho' long ago) Tho' long ago (Still make me blue) Still ma-a-a-ake me blue (They say that time) They say that time (Heals a broken heart) Heals a broken heart (But time has stood still) Time has stood still (Since we've been apart) Since we've been apart
(I can't stop loving you) I said I made up my mind To live in memory of the lonesome times (Sing a song, children) (I can't stop wanting you) It's useless to say So I'll just live my life of dreams of yesterday (Of yesterday)
Written by Don Gibson 1958
Recorded and Performed by Ray Charles
Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans Way back up in the woods among the evergreens There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood Where lived a country boy name of Johnny B. Goode Who never ever learned to read or write so well But he could play the guitar like ringing a bell
He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack And sit beneath the tree by the railroad track Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade Strumming to the rhythm that the drivers made People passing by they would stop and say Oh my but that little country boy could play
His mother told him someday you will be a man And you will be the leader of a big old band Many people coming from miles around To hear you play your music when the sun go down Maybe someday your name will be in lights "Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight."
Every night I hope and pray A dream lover will come my way A girl to hold in my arms And know the magic of her charms 'cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) a girl (yeah-yeah yeah) to call (yeah-yeah yeah) my own (yeah-yeah) I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone
Dream lover, where are you With a love, oh, so true? And a hand that I can hold, To feel you near as I grow old? 'cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) A girl (yeah-yeah yeah) To call (yeah-yeah yeah) My own (yeah-yeah) I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone
Someday, I don't know how, I hope she'll hear my plea Some way, I don't know how, She'll bring her love to me
Dream lover, until then, I'll go to sleep and dream again That's the only thing to do, Till all my lover's dreams come true 'Cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) A girl (yeah-yeah yeah) To call (yeah-yeah yeah) My own (yeah-yeah) I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone
Dream lover, until then, I'll go to sleep and dream again That's the only thing to do, Till all my lover's dreams come true 'cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) A girl (yeah-yeah yeah) To call (yeah-yeah yeah) My own (yeah-yeah) I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone
Please don't make me dream alone I beg you don't make me dream alone No, I don't wanna dream alone
I love Corrina, tell the world I do I love Corrina, tell the world I do I pray every night she'd learn to love me too
Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina I love you so
Oh little darling where you've been so long? Oh little darling where you've been so long? I ain't had no loving since you've been gone
Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina I love you so
I left Corrina way across the sea Oh me, I left Corrina way across the sea If you see Corrina send her home to me
Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina I love you so
Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina Corrina, Corrina I love you so Oh darling don't you know I love you so
"The Golden Voice of Rock 'n' Roll"
Ray Peterson R.I.P. January 26, 2005 - Ray Peterson has died from cancer. Ray enjoyed a handful of pop hits during the early 1960s, among them the Phil Spector-produced "Corrina Corrina" and the car-crash melodrama "Tell Laura I Love Her." Born April 23, 1939 in Denton, TX, he spent much of his childhood recovering from polio, and during an extended stay in a nearby treatment facility he began performing for his fellow patients. As Peterson's health returned he began singing professionally in local clubs, eventually relocating to Los Angeles; there he was discovered by manager Stan Shulman, signing to RCA in 1958. The owner of a four-octave voice, Peterson's early material ran the gamut from teen ballads like "Let's Try Romance" to covers including Little Willie John's "Fever," all to little success; he finally scored a hit in 1959 with "The Wonder of You," which reached the Top 30 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Another minor hit, "Answer Me," followed before Peterson scored his greatest success with the 1960 epic "Tell Laura I Love Her." The record's popularity allowed the singer to fund his own label, Dunes, and he soon recruited producer Spector to helm a smash rendition of the traditional "Corrina Corrina." The Dunes roster also i ncluded singer Curtis Lee, for whom Spector produced the 1961 hits "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" and "Under the Moon of Love." Peterson himself went on to cut the Goffin/King-authored "Missing You" and "I Could Have Loved You So Well," but his stardom quickly faded, and after scoring a last minor chart entry with 1963's "Give Us Your Blessing" he signed to MGM in an attempt to cross over to country audiences. He recorded and toured for over 50 years. Although sick the last couple of years he still performed whenever he could. Last February Ray performed at a benefit concert for Gene Hughes, of the Casinos, in Nashville along with Dickie Lee, Larry Henley, Steve Jarrell and Joe Stampley to name a few. Peterson was also the recipient of a similar fundraiser last May.
Update: December 2, 1999
Ray Peterson has a unique voice and scored a string of interesting hits from the heart wrenching "Tell Laura I Love Her" and the easygoing folk of "Corinna, Corinna" to the dramatic Roy Orbison influenced "I Could Have Loved Her So Well".
Ray was born in Denton, Texas, April 23, 1939. Diagnosed with polio as a child, he was told he would never walk again, but miraculously that was not the case, and he was left with only a slight limp. In later life, he even became an accomplished golfer. It was while he was being treated for polio at Warm Springs Foundation Hospital in Texas, that Ray began to sing to amuse himself and the other patients. When he was finally released, he began to work in local clubs before moving to Los Angeles, where he met longtime manager Stan Shulman.
Ray Peterson's remarkable 4-1/2-octave voice intrigued executives at RCA Records and they signed the singer in 1957. His first single was an unusual, almost gospel version of the Little Willie John 1956 hit, "Fever" that fell somewhere between the bluesy John arrangement and the later, sexier take by Peggy Lee.
"Fever" cooled in the marketplace and a new single "Let's Try Romance"/"Shirley Purly" was issued, but also found little response. Despite the lack of interest in Ray's early records, he remained with RCA and finally scored his first hit with his seventh single "The Wonder Of You". It was a gentle ballad written by veteran Baker Knight, and became a Top 30 success in the summer of 1959. Elvis Presley was so taken with Ray's heartwarming rendition that he called Ray and asked if he too could record it. A very flattered Ray Peterson told Elvis that he didn't have to ask - he was Elvis Presley. Elvis replied, "Yes I do - you are Ray Peterson". "The Wonder of You" became a Top 10 hit for Elvis in 1970.
Ray closed out 1959 with another success scoring a small hit with a version of the classic Jesse Belvin love ballad, "Goodnight My Love". That modest success set the stage for what would become his biggest hit ever. "Tell Laura I Love Her" was a classic heart wrenching teen song about young Tommy trying to raise enough money to buy a ring for his beloved Laura by entering a car race. But, as bad luck would have it, the car overturned in flames and Tommy perished. The quietly effective production and Ray's dramatic vocal combined in a song that caught the ear of numerous teens and made it a No. 7 hit on Billboard's Hot 100. The song was composed by Jeff Barry, who went on to write and produce hits like "Sugar Sugar" for The Archies, and "Rock Me Gently" for Andy Kim. There was also a "Tell Laura I Love Her" album that featured the big hit and earlier singles.
Despite the success of "Laura", the next single, "Teenage Heartache" by veterans Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman didn't chart. When "My Blue Angel" also failed to hit, Ray and his label parted company.
Leaving RCA was hardly the end of Ray Peterson's recording career. In association with publishing giant Hill and Range Music, and manager Shulman, he formed New York City based Dunes Records, a name inspired by his work at Las Vegas' Dunes Hotel. His first record was produced by, at that time, relatively unknown Phil Spector, brought to New York by Ray and his manager, to apprentice with producer-writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
"Corinna, Corinna" was an old Scottish folk song done by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and later by Joe Turner, who had a Top 2 rhythm and blues record with it in 1956. Phil Spector's production had a slightly Latin feel, as strings and a chorus swelled up behind Ray's strong performance. Issued on Dunes in late 1960, it quickly became a Top 10 pop record. The next single, "Sweet Little Kathy", written by Ray Peterson and Tommy Boyce was a minor hit in the spring of 1961. However, he did much better with "Missing You", a nice updating of the 1957 Webb Pierce country hit.
In late 1961 Ray again teamed up with Phil Spector on "I Could Have Loved You So Well", an emotional love song by Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin. Unaccountably, it only peaked at No. 57 during its eight week run on Billboard. Other singles, like "You Know Me So Well", "Is It Wrong" and "Where Are You?" didn't fare well in the marketplace. But proving you can't keep a good man down, Ray returned to the charts in the summer of 1963 with "Give Us Your Blessing", another Jeff Barry teenage torch song. An equally anguished version by The Shangri Las was a Top 30 success in 1965.
As for Ray Peterson, he hit the charts one more time, in the spring of 1964, when RCA reissued "The Wonder Of You", that went to No. 70 on the pop charts. In late 1964, Ray signed with MGM Records, cutting a number of singles. In 1969 he did "Together" for Reprise and then moved to UNI for three more records.
Ray also recorded a single for Decca in 1971, and the album "Peterson Country," that featured straight country material, produced by Joe Johnson and arranged by veteran Bill Walker. While his records weren't doing well, there was still an audience for his live shows. In 1971 based in Nashville, after years in California he told Cash Box Magazine he was amazed at the reaction he still received when he performed his greatest hits live.
Ray is still performing for those audiences all over the country and receiving standing ovations at every event. His voice is as strong as ever with its now four-octave range, and he still sounds exactly like his recordings. In addition to singing his hits, he pays tribute to Elvis Presley and his good friend, Roy Orbison. In addition to his solo dates, he is currently joined by close friends Troy Shondell, Ronnie Dove and Jimmy Clanton performing as a new group called "The Masters of Rock 'n' Roll".
Ray Peterson has been called an "Entertainer's Entertainer" and a "Singer's Singer", but he is truly "The Golden Voice of Rock 'n' Roll".
Ray Peterson - Discography
SINGLES Corrina, Corrina / Teen Angel (Mark Dinning) Stamp Out Loneliness / There's a Better Way Corrina, Corrina / Be My Girl You didn't Care / Sweet Little Kathy Missing You / You Thrill Me Why Don't You Write Me / Could Have Loved So Well You Know Me Much Too Well / You Didn't Care You Didn't Care / If Only Tomorrow Slowly / Is It Wrong Deep Are the Roots / Where Are You Without Love / Give Us Your Blessing I Forget What It Was Like / Be My Girl I'm Not Jimmy Corrine, Corrine / Be My Gal Corrina, Corrina / Promises Oh No / If You Were Here Across the Street / When I Stop Dreaming House Without Windows Tell Laura I Love Her / Fever Fever / We're Old Enough To Cry Shirley Purley / Let's Try Romance Love is a Woman / Richer Than I I'm Gone / The Wonder of You My Blue Angel Goodnight My Love, Pleasant till Then The Wonder of You What Do You Want To Make / Answer Me My Love Tell Laura I Love Her / Wedding Day Teenage Heartache / I'll Always Want You Near I'm Tired / My Blue Angel Wonder of You / Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams Tell Laura I Love Her / The Wonder of You Tell Laura I Love Her / Be My Girl I'm Gone / The Wonder of You Answer Me My Love / What Do You Want To Make Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams Love Rules the World / Together Love the Understanding Way / OK City Times Tell Laura I Love Her / To Wait For Love
ALBUMS Tell Laura I Love Her - RCA Very Best of Ray Peterson - MGM Other Side of Ray Peterson - MGM Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams - RCA Missing You - The Best of Ray Peterson - UNI Ray Peterson Country - DECCA
CD'S Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 50's Vol 2 - The Wonder of You - RCA CD Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 60's Vol 1 - Tell Laura I Love Her - RCA CD Hard to Find 45's: Corrina, Corrina - CD
Ray Peterson sings Tell Laura I Love Her - COL CD: Tell Laura I Love Her The Wonder of You Come And Get It Till Then Suddenly Goodnight My Love Fever Answer Me My Love What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? Richer Than I My Blue Angel I'm Gone Corrina, Corrina - (Bonus Track) Missing You - (Bonus Track)
Tell Laura I Love Her
A few words from Laura
Laura and Tommy were lovers He wanted to give her everything Flowers, presents and most of all, a wedding ring
He saw a sign for a stock car race A thousand dollar prize it read He couldn't get Laura on the phone So to her mother Tommy said
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her Tell Laura I may be late I've something to do that cannot wait
He drove his car to the racing grounds He was the youngest driver there The crowd roared as they started the race 'Round the track they drove at a deadly pace
No one knows what happened that day How his car overturned in flames But as they pulled him from the twisted wreck With his dying breath, they heard him say
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her Tell Laura not to cry My love for her will never die
And in the chapel where Laura prays For her Tommy who passed away It was just for Laura he lived and died Alone in the chapel she can hear him cry
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her Tell Laura not to cry My love for her will never die Tell Laura I love her ...
The First #1 Hit for Ray Peterson
The Wonder Of You
The songwriter Baker Knight had written The Wonder of You for one of RCA's top artists, Perry Como, but Como's producer did not think it suitable. As he left the office, Knight met Peterson and offered him the song. "The Wonder of You" became a Top Thirty US hit, though in the UK Peterson's version was overshadowed by a cover from Ronnie Hilton.
The Wonder Of You
When no-one else can understand me, When ev'rything I do is wrong, You give me love and consolation. You give me hope to carry on, And you try to show your love for me In ev'rything you do. That's the wonder, The wonder of you.
And when you smile, the world is brighter. You touch my hand and I'm a king. Your kiss to me is worth a fortune. Your love to me is ev'rything, And you're always to lend a hand In all I try to do. That's the wonder, The wonder of you.
You'll never know how much I love you. My love is yours and yours alone, And it's so wonderful to have you, To have you for my very own. Guess I'll never know the reason why You love me as you do. That's the wonder, The wonder of you.
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