"Catch a Falling Star"
Single by Perry Como
B-side"Magic Moments"
ReleasedDecember 3, 1957
RecordedOctober 9, 1957
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss
Producer(s)Joe Reisman

"Catch a Falling Star" is a song written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. It is best known and was made famous by Perry Como's hit version, recorded and released in late 1957.[1]

Background and chart performance

The song's melody is based on a theme from Brahms' Academic Festival Overture. Perry Como's version features the Ray Charles Singers, who sing the refrain as a repeated round.[1]

It was Como's last number one hit in the US,[2] reaching number 1 on the Billboard "Most Played by Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top 100, where it reached number 3.[3] It was the first single to receive a Recording Industry Association of America gold record certification, on March 14, 1958.[4] Overseas, in 1958, the song also topped the Australian charts. In the UK Singles Chart, "Catch a Falling Star" peaked at number nine, whereas its B-side "Magic Moments" topped the charts.[5]


The single won Como the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male.

In popular culture

The song has been featured in several films, including:


  1. ^ a b "Perry Como - Catch A Falling Star". 45cat.com. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Perry Como Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 187.
  4. ^ "History Of The Awards". RIAA.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  5. ^ "Perry Como". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "A Whirl Through Academe" track title, soundtrack album, Concord Records, 2008