Andy (album)

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Andy
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1976
Recorded March 31, 1976
May 18, 1976
May 19, 1976
May 28, 1976
June 21, 1976
July 16, 1976[1]
Genre Vocal pop
Traditional pop[2]
Length 35:44
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Brown[3]
Andy Williams chronology
The Other Side of Me
(1975)
Andy
(1976)
Reflections
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard Recommended LPs[4]

Andy is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the fall of 1976 by Columbia Records.[4]

Williams is not as focused on covering pop hits and standards on this album and instead relies mainly on original or lesser-known songs. In the liner notes for the album's 2002 CD release, writer Richard M. Erickson explains that the album "was recorded at six different studios to accommodate Andy's touring schedule. One recording session was at a portable studio set up at a Marriott hotel."[1]

Andy was released on compact disc for the first time by Collectables Records in 2002 with eight bonus tracks that were taken from four of Williams's Columbia singles released between 1974 and 1979.[5] Collectables included this CD in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2, which contains 15 of his studio albums and two compilations and was released on November 29, 2002.[6]

Two of those four bonus A-sides made the Billboard charts, including "Love Said Goodbye", which started a seven-week Easy Listening run in the magazine's January 11, 1975, issue that took the song to number 24.[7] The other, "Tell It Like It Is", entered that same chart in the December 20, 1975, issue and reached number 17 over the course of 10 weeks, and its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 came four weeks later, in the issue for January 17, 1976, and led to a peak at number 72 during a six-week stay.[8] Williams's cover of the song marked his last of 44 appearances on the Easy Listening chart, dating back to its inception in 1961, and his last of 53 hits on the Hot 100, the first being "Walk Hand in Hand" in 1956.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yellow Beach Umbrella" (Craig Doerge, Judy Henske) – 4:02
  2. "Sailin'" (Kim Carnes, David Ellingson) – 3:28
  3. "Thank You, Baby" (Bruce Johnston) – 3:18
  4. "Since I Fell for You" (Buddy Johnson) – 2:54
  5. "My Lonely Room" (Peter Skellern) – 4:06
  6. "Put Your Blues to Bed" (Harry Garfield, Jay Graydon) – 4:00
  7. "If You Ever Believed" (Elizabeth Dasheff, Andrew Goldmark) – 3:27
  8. "Groovin'" (Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere) – 3:54
  9. "Tryin' to Forget I Loved You" (Nancy Ames, Danny Ward) – 3:37
  10. "The Poem" (Paulinho Nogueira, Byron Walls) – 3:03

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Love Said Goodbye" (Larry Kusic, Nino Rota) – 2:54
  2. "One More Time" (David Paich) – 3:32
  3. "Tell It Like It Is" (George Davis, Lee Diamond) – 2:42
  4. "Goin' Through the Motions" (Tom Bahler) – 3:17
  5. [A]"Are You in There?" (John Barry, David Pomeranz) – 3:49
  6. [A]"Are You in There? (Disco Version)" (John Barry, David Pomeranz) – 4:59
  7. "Jason" (Deborah Kay Hupp, Robert E. Morrison) – 3:14
  8. "I'll Never Love Anyone Anymore" (Laurie Andrew, Cedric Chiles) – 3:04
  • A Titled "Are You There?" on the Collectables CD packaging.

Recording dates[1][edit]

Original LP[edit]

  • March 31, 1976 – "If You Ever Believed", "Since I Fell for You"
  • May 18, 1976 – "My Lonely Room", "Yellow Beach Umbrella"
  • May 19, 1976 – "The Poem"
  • May 28, 1976 – "Put Your Blues to Bed"
  • June 21, 1976 – "Sailin'", "Thank You, Baby"
  • July 16, 1976 – "Groovin'", "Tryin' to Forget I Loved You"

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  • December 6, 1974 – "Love Said Goodbye", "One More Time"
  • August 21, 1975 – "Goin' Through the Motions"
  • September 30, 1975 – October 1, 1975 – "Tell It Like It Is"
  • December 1, 1976 – "Are You in There?", "Are You in There? (Disco Version)"
  • September 27, 1979 – "I'll Never Love Anyone Anymore"
  • October 8, 1979 – "Jason"

Song information[edit]

"Since I Fell for You" had three trips to the top 10 by the time of this album: a recording by Paul Gayten and His Trio with Annie Laurie on vocal made Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box Race Records in 1947,[11] Lenny Welch reached the Hot 100[12] and Easy Listening[13] charts with it in 1963, and Charlie Rich put the song on the Country chart in 1975.[14] Aaron Neville's 1966 recording of "Tell It Like It Is" got as high as number two on the Hot 100[15] and spent five weeks in the top spot on the magazine's R&B chart.[16] Bruce & Terry released their recording of "Thank You, Baby" in 1966,[17] and the Captain & Tennille covered the song on their 1976 album Song of Joy.[18] In 1967 "Groovin'" earned The Young Rascals four weeks at number one on the Hot 100,[19] peak positions at number three R&B[20] and number eight in the UK,[21] and Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.[22]

"My Lonely Room" was recorded by Jack Jones for his 1973 album Together[23] and by Dee Dee Bridgewater for her self-titled 1976 album, which also included a recording of "Goin' Through the Motions".[24] "Yellow Beach Umbrella" was previously recorded by Perry Como in 1975[25] and by Three Dog Night for their 1976 album American Pastime.[26]

Personnel[3][edit]

Performers[edit]

  • Ben Benay – guitar
  • Hal Blaine – drums
  • Larry Brown – percussion
  • Larry Carlton – guitar
  • Kim Carnes – background vocals
  • Vince Charles – percussion
  • Buddy Collette – reeds & woodwinds
  • James Decker – French horn
  • Craig Doerge – keyboards
  • Gene Estes – percussion
  • Barry Fasman – keyboards
  • Jack Feierman – trumpet
  • Jay Graydon – guitar
  • Terry Harrington – reeds & woodwinds
  • Tom Hensley – keyboards
  • Dick Hyde – trombone
  • The Richard Kaufman Strings – strings
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Arthur Maobe – French horn
  • Bill Mays – keyboards
  • Mike Melvoin – keyboards
  • Tom Morgan – harmonica
  • Dick Parisi – French horn
  • David Pomeranz – background vocals ("If You Ever Believed", "Yellow Beach Umbrella")
  • Reiny Press – bass
  • The Sid Sharpe Strings – strings
  • Leland Sklar – bass
  • Dalton Smith – trumpet
  • Ron Tutt – drums
  • Don Waldrop – trombone
  • Gary Walters – bass
  • Julia Waters – background vocals
  • Maxine Waters – background vocals
  • Andy Williams – vocals

Production[edit]

  • Larry Brown – producer (except as noted), engineer, mixer, background vocal arranger
  • Barry Fasman – arranger (except as noted), conductor
  • David Paich – producer ("Love Said Goodbye")
  • Marty Paich – arranger/producer ("Love Said Goodbye")
  • Kim Carnes – background vocal arranger
  • David Pomeranz – vocal arrangements ("If You Ever Believed", "Yellow Beach Umbrella")
  • Joe Bellamy – assistant engineer
  • Fred Ehrhardt – assistant engineer
  • Bob Folgo – assistant engineer
  • Bill Gazecki – assistant engineer
  • Rick Hart – assistant engineer
  • Lou Mazzuchelli – assistant engineer
  • Jim Quarles – assistant engineer
  • Keats Tyler – photography
  • Ken Anderson – design

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (2002) Album notes for Andy by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  2. ^ a b "Andy - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b (1976) "Andy" by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 34299.
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Recommended LPs". Billboard. 1976-11-06. p. 70. 
  5. ^ "Andy (Bonus Tracks) - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 296.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1060.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2007, pp. 295–296.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2009, pp. 1059–1060.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 342.
  12. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1048.
  13. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 293.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 292.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 700.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 426.
  17. ^ "Come Love/Thank You Baby by Bruce & Terry". rate your music.com. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Song of Joy - Captain & Tennille". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 799.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 482.
  21. ^ "The Young Rascals - Groovin'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  22. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Groovin"
  23. ^ "Jack Jones Discography". Endorsed by Jack Jones. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  24. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater (1976) - Dee Dee Bridgewater". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "Yellow Beach Umbrella". Kokomo. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "American Pastime - Three Dog Night". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 

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  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
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