Andy Williams' Dear Heart
|Andy Williams' Dear Heart|
|Studio album by Andy Williams|
|Andy Williams chronology|
Andy Williams' Dear Heart is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1965 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated April 10 of that year and remained on the album chart for 65 weeks, peaking at number four. The name of the album was changed to Andy Williams' Almost There for its release in the UK, where it became Williams's first album chart entry, spending 46 weeks there and peaking at number four. (Two of his previous albums, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests—which was retitled Can't Get Used to Losing You and Other Requests for its UK release—and The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits, appeared on the album chart in the UK following the success of this album.)
Andy Williams' Dear Heart received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on July 30, 1965. This was Williams's sixth album to receive this award as well as the one to do so the fastest thus far in terms of the amount of time between chart debut and certification, having accomplished this feat in less than four months as compared to the previous recordholder, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests, which did so in five months.
Williams's acting role in the 1964 film I'd Rather Be Rich included a performance of the original song "Almost There", which makes its first album appearance here. As the B-side of "On the Street Where You Live" (the single from his last album), "Almost There" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated November 14, 1964, eventually reaching number 67 during its five-week stay. It performed even better on the Easy Listening (or Adult Contemporary) chart, going as high as number 12 during its four weeks there. The song's biggest success was in the UK, where it spent three weeks at number two during a 17-week run on the singles chart. This album's A-side, "Dear Heart", written for the 1964 Glenn Ford/Geraldine Page movie of the same name, debuted on the pop and Easy Listening charts just two weeks later and spent 11 weeks on each of them, peaking at number 24 on the Hot 100 and spending a week at number two Easy Listening.
The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on March 23, 1999, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from May 1966, The Shadow of Your Smile. The CD was included in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1, which contains 17 of his studio albums and three compilations and was released on June 26, 2001.
- "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (Roy C. Bennett, Roy Brodsky, Sid Tepper) – 2:27
- "It Had to Be You" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 2:41
- "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Don Gibson) – 2:27
- "Till" (Charles Danvers, Carl Sigman) – 3:05
- "I'm All Smiles" (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – 2:25
- "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 2:24
- "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" (James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, Larry Stock) – 2:37
- "Emily" (Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer) – 2:22
- "Almost There" (Jerry Keller, Gloria Shayne) – 2:59
- "My Carousel" (Kenny Rankin, Yvonne Rankin) – 2:28
- "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Sam Coslow, Ken Lane, Irving Taylor) – 3:05
- "Dear Heart" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:55
An instrumental version of "It Had to Be You" by the song's composer, Isham Jones, & His Orchestra, spent five weeks at number one in 1924, and Marion Harris performed the highest-charting vocal version of the song, which made it to number three that same year. "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" was a number 14 hit for Russ Morgan & His Orchestra in 1946, and in 1965 Dean Martin spent a week with the song at number one Easy Listening in addition to reaching number 25 on the Hot 100. "Everybody Loves Somebody" was a modest hit for Frank Sinatra, reaching number 25 in 1948, but Martin had much greater success with it in 1964, earning Gold certification after spending a week at number one on the Hot 100 and eight consecutive weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.
"Red Roses for a Blue Lady" rode its first wave of popularity in 1949 when both Guy Lombardo and Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra took the song into the top 10, and its second wave came in 1965 when Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra, Vic Dana, and Wayne Newton each had recordings of the song make the top five on the Easy Listening chart. The highest-charting version of "Till" came in 1961 when The Angels got as high as number 14 on the Hot 100. "I Can't Stop Loving You" was a huge success for Ray Charles in 1962, spending five weeks at number one, achieving Gold certification, and winning him the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. 1964* "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" comes from the 1964 Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd and had its best chart performance as a single by Tony Bennett that reached number 33 on the Hot 100 and number three Easy Listening after debuting in October 1964.
- Andy Williams – vocals
- Robert Mersey – arranger, conductor, producer
- Don Heckman – liner notes
- Frank Bez – cover photo
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