Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein

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Andy Williams Sings Rodgers And Hammerstein
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released February 1958[1]
Recorded November 6, 1957
November 7, 1957
November 12, 1957[2]
Genre Show Tunes,
Traditional pop,
Vocal pop[3]
Length 35:53
Label Cadence
Andy Williams chronology
Andy Williams
(1958)
Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein
(1958)
Two Time Winners
(1959)
Alternate cover
1963 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Billboard (1958) 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (1963) Spotlight Pick[4]

Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was orchestrated and conducted by Alvy West.[5] It was released in February 1958 by Cadence Records and focuses upon songs composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.[1]

When the album was reissued by Cadence in 1963, the Review Panel in the somewhat newly renamed Billboard magazine updated the rating it was given upon its initial release to reflect the fact that "Williams, a seller of stature," had become "increasingly hot, thanks to regular TV exposure and hits on his current label."[4] Whereas the 1958 review yielded only a four-star rating, the 1963 reissue garnered the magazine's coveted Spotlight Pick, which was given to albums with the greatest sales potential.[4]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time by Collectables Records on September 12, 2000, as tracks 13 through 24 on a pairing of two albums on CD with tracks 1 through 12 consisting of Williams's 1958 collection of Cadence Records singles that was simply entitled Andy Williams.[6] Collectables included this CD 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.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

  1. "Some Enchanted Evening" – 4:19
  2. "If I Loved You" – 2:25
  3. "Getting to Know You" – 2:04
  4. "This Nearly Was Mine" – 2:55
  5. "Bali Ha'i" – 3:00
  6. "I Have Dreamed" – 3:06
  7. "People Will Say We're in Love" – 3:03
  8. "Younger Than Springtime" – 3:33
  9. "I Whistle a Happy Tune" – 1:50
  10. "We Kiss in a Shadow" – 3:33
  11. "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" – 3:28
  12. "Hello Young Lovers" – 2:44

Song information[edit]

"Some Enchanted Evening", "This Nearly Was Mine", "Bali Ha'i", and "Younger Than Springtime" were written for the 1949 musical South Pacific. According to Joel Whitburn, there were six versions of "Some Enchanted Evening" that made Billboard magazine's Top 10 in 1949, with the most popular of the batch (by Perry Como) staying at number one for five weeks.[8][9] "Bali Ha'i" was on the other side of Como's chart-topping 78 and was the highest charting version of the five that made the top 20 that year, peaking at number five.[10] South Pacific also gave Gordon MacRae a number 30 hit that year with "Younger Than Springtime".[11]

"If I Loved You" comes from the 1945 musical Carousel, and Perry Como again has the highest charting version of the four that hit the top 10 that year, this time peaking at number three.[12]

"Getting to Know You", "I Have Dreamed", "I Whistle a Happy Tune", "We Kiss in a Shadow", and "Hello Young Lovers" are the songs Williams included from the 1951 musical The King and I. Perry Como made it to number 27 in the spring of that year with "Hello Young Lovers", and Frank Sinatra reached number 22 that summer with "We Kiss in a Shadow".[13][14]

"People Will Say We're in Love" and "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" are both selections from the 1943 musical Oklahoma!, with the former reaching Billboard magazine's Top Five twice in that same year with one version by Bing Crosby and another by Frank Sinatra.[15]

Personnel[edit]

  • Alvy West – conductor, orchestration
  • Andy Williams – vocals

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews and Ratings of New Popular Albums". The Billboard. 1958-02-24. 
  2. ^ "The Cadence Era: "Canadian Sunset" brightens Andy's disk career". Billboard. 1967-11-11. p. AW-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1963-04-06. p. 75. 
  5. ^ (1958) Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Cadence Records CLP 3005.
  6. ^ "Andy Williams/Andy Williams sings Rodgers and Hammerstein". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 581.
  9. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 90.
  10. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 474.
  11. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 619.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 526.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 508.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 604.
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 567.

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-083-0