Andy Williams' Greatest Hits

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Andy Williams' Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Andy Williams
Released 1970
Recorded 1958[1]
1962-1969[2][3]
Genre Early pop/rock
Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Standards
Soft rock
Film music
Soundtracks[4]
Length 30:04
Label Columbia Records
Andy Williams chronology
Get Together with Andy Williams
(1969)
Andy Williams' Greatest Hits
(1970)
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
(1970)
Alternate cover
UK cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Billboard 5/5 stars[5]

Andy Williams' Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in early 1970 by Columbia Records.[5] It was not, however, as its title might suggest, strictly a hit singles compilation, although some of his biggest songs since joining Columbia (such as the Easy Listening number ones "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Happy Heart") were included. A couple of selections ("Born Free" and "More") were never released as singles by Williams, and his signature song, "Moon River", was released in the 7-inch single format but only for jukeboxes.[6] His six Cadence singles that made the Top 10 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 are passed over for the inclusion of his number 11 hit from that label, "The Hawaiian Wedding Song", and 17 of his Columbia recordings that made the Hot 100 up until 1970 are left out here in favor of "Charade", which spent its one week on the chart at number 100.[7]

The most noticeable change that was made for the UK release of the album was the replacement of the cover sketch with the photo of Williams found in the gatefold section of the album jacket of the US release. The other major difference was the fact that Williams's recording of "Can't Take My Eyes off You" was added to the track list for the UK version.

The album made its first appearance on the Billboard Top LP's chart in the issue dated March 7, 1970, and remained there for 20 weeks, peaking at number 42.[8] In the UK it debuted on the album chart on April 11 of that year in the number two position out of 55 albums listed that week and eventually had five appearances at number one there out of a total of 108 weeks on the chart.[9] The Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album Gold certification on September 13, 1971.[10]

The US version of the album was released on compact disc for the first time by Columbia Records in 1988.[4] A Columbia 3-CD box set including this version of the album along with the US versions of Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and his 1971 album Love Story was released on August 12, 1997.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Born Free" (John Barry, Don Black) – 2:27
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[12]
  2. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:48
  3. "Moon River" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:46
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[14]
  4. "Dear Heart" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:55
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[15]
  5. "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" (Al Hoffman, Charles E. King, Dick Manning) – 2:29
  6. "More" (Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero, Riz Ortolani) – 2:32
  7. "Almost There" (Jerry Keller, Gloria Shayne) – 2:59
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[15]
  8. "Charade" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:35
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[17]
  9. "Happy Heart" (James Last, Jackie Rae) – 3:15
  10. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 2:25
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[13]
  11. "May Each Day" (Mort Green, George Wyle) – 2:54
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[13]

For the UK version of this collection, "Can't Take My Eyes off You" (from the 1967 album Love, Andy) was inserted between "Almost There" and "Charade", but the track listing for the UK version was otherwise identical to that of the North American release.[19]

Recording dates[edit]

  • November 3, 1958 - "Hawaiian Wedding Song"[1]
  • January 4, 1962 - "Moon River"[2]
  • December 2, 1962 - "Can't Get Used to Losing You"[2]
  • January 16, 1963 - "Days of Wine and Roses",[2] "May Each Day"[3]
  • November 1, 1963 - "Charade"[2]
  • February 28, 1964 - "Almost There"[2]
  • August 19, 1964 - "Dear Heart"[2]
  • September 18, 1967 - "Can't Take My Eyes off You"[2]
  • March 8, 1969 - "Happy Heart"[2]

Billboard & UK singles chart positions[edit]

Song US chart debut Hot
100
[7]
Easy
Listening
[20]
Hot R&B
Sides
[21]
UK chart
debut
UK singles
chart[22]
"The Hawaiian Wedding Song" December 29, 1958 11 27
"Can't Get Used to Losing You" March 2, 1963 2 (4 weeks) 1 (4 weeks) 7 March 23, 1963 2 (1 week)
"Days of Wine and Roses" March 16, 1963 26 9
"Charade" January 18, 1964 100
"Almost There" November 14, 1964 67 12 September 18, 1965 2 (3 weeks)
"Dear Heart" November 28, 1964 24 2 (1 week)
"May Each Day" February 26, 1966 19
"Can't Take My Eyes off You" March 16, 1968 5
"Happy Heart" April 5, 1969 22 1 (2 weeks) May 10, 1969 19

Billboard & UK album chart positions[edit]

Chart Debut
date
Weeks
charted
Peak
position
Billboard Top LP's[8] March 7, 1970 20 42
UK Albums Chart[23] April 11, 1970 108 1 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
New Morning by Bob Dylan
Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
UK Albums Chart number-one album
December 5, 1970 - December 12, 1970
December 19, 1970 - January 16, 1971
Succeeded by
Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Simon & Garfunkel

Personnel[edit]

  • Archie Bleyer - conductor ("Hawaiian Wedding Song")
  • Al Capps - arranger ("Happy Heart")
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger/producer ("Born Free", "Can't Take My Eyes off You")
  • Jerry Fuller - producer ("Happy Heart")
  • Dave Grusin - arranger ("More")
  • Eddie Karam - conductor ("Can't Take My Eyes off You")
  • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer (see track listing)
  • Andy Williams - vocalist

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Cadence Era: "Canadian Sunset" brightens Andy's disk career". Billboard. 1967-11-11. p. AW-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i (2002) Album notes for The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  3. ^ a b (2002) Album notes for Warm and Willing/Newest Hits by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  4. ^ a b c "Andy Williams' Greatest Hits - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Billboard. 1970-02-14. p. 62. 
  6. ^ (1962) Moon River/As Time Goes By by Andy Williams [7-inch single]. New York: Columbia Records 4-42497 ZSP 57366JB/57367JB.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, pp. 1059–1060.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  9. ^ "Andy Williams - Greatest Hits". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  10. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  11. ^ "Greatest Hits/ Greatest Hits, Vol. 2/Love Story". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  12. ^ (1967) Born Free by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9480.
  13. ^ a b c (1963) Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8815.
  14. ^ (1962) Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8609.
  15. ^ a b (1965) Andy Williams' Dear Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9138.
  16. ^ a b (1959) To You Sweetheart, Aloha by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Cadence Records CLP-25029.
  17. ^ a b c (1964) The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8971.
  18. ^ a b (1969) Happy Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9844.
  19. ^ (1970) Andy Williams' Greatest Hits by Andy Williams [album jacket]. London: CBS Records 63920.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 295.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 624.
  22. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-169-1 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7