Born Free (Andy Williams album)

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For the Andy Williams song of the same name, see Born Free (song).
Born Free (Andy Williams album)
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released April 10, 1967[1]
Recorded 1967
Genre AM pop
Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Film music
Soundtracks[2]
Length 33:39
Label Columbia
Producer Nick DeCaro[3]
Andy Williams chronology
In the Arms of Love
(1966)
Born Free
(1967)
Love, Andy
(1967)
Collectables reissue
Born Free portion of cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Born Free is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on April 10, 1967, by Columbia Records.[1] It made its first appearance on Billboard's Top LP's chart in the issue dated May 13, 1967, and remained there for 79 weeks, peaking at number five.[5] The album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on July 6, 1967,[6] and that same month it began 11 weeks on the UK album chart, where it reached number 22.[7]

The single from the album, "Music to Watch Girls By", was available two months before the album was released and first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the issue of the magazine dated March 25, eventually reaching number 34 over the course of eight weeks.[8] The song performed even better on the Easy Listening chart after debuting in the issue dated April 1 and spending a week at number two during a 13-week stay.[9] It debuted on the UK charts shortly thereafter, on May 6, and stayed around for six weeks, peaking at number 33. The song was reissued there in 1999 and spent another six weeks on the chart, this time reaching number nine.[10]

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 the fall of 1967, Love, Andy.[11] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution on May 14, 2001, paired this time with Williams's Columbia album from December 1966, In the Arms of Love.[12] The original album covers are displayed side by side on the front of these CD reissues, and it is clear that the color of the Born Free cover has been enhanced considerably for the Collectables release, as Williams's suntanned face from the original LP cover shown on the Sony release now has a more psychedelic orange glow. The Collectables 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.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Born Free" (John Barry, Don Black) – 2:27
  2. "Somewhere My Love" (Maurice Jarre, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:38
  3. "Spanish Eyes" (Bert Kaempfert, Charlie Singleton, Eddie Snyder) – 3:04
  4. "Strangers in the Night" (Bert Kaempfert, Charlie Singleton, Eddie Snyder) – 2:32
  5. "Sherry!" (James Lipton, Laurence Rosenthal) – 2:27
  6. "Music to Watch Girls By" (Sid Ramin, Tony Velona) – 2:38
  7. "I Want to Be Free" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) – 3:20
  8. "Alfie" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:55
  9. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye " (John D. Loudermilk) – 2:37
  10. "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) – 3:16
  11. "I Will Wait for You" (Jacques Demy, Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand) – 2:42
  12. "You Are Where Everything Is" (Nick DeCaro) – 3:06

Song information[edit]

"Born Free" is the title song from the 1966 film[14] and the winner of that year's Academy Award for Best Original Song.[15] Pianist Roger Williams and his unnamed chorus had the most chart success with the song, spending six weeks at number one on Billboard's weekly list of the most popular Easy Listening records[16] and peaking at number seven pop.[17] Ray Conniff's recording of "Somewhere, My Love" with his Singers reached number nine pop,[18] spent four weeks at number one Easy Listening[19] and received a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus.[20] Al Martino's "Spanish Eyes" also enjoyed four weeks at number one Easy Listening[21] and reached number 15 on the Hot 100.[22]

"Strangers in the Night" earned Frank Sinatra seven weeks at number one Easy Listening,[23] one week at number one pop,[24] Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million copies,[25] and Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Vocal Performance, Male.[26] "Sherry!" shares its title with the 1967 Broadway musical from which it came[27] and was a number eight Easy Listening hit for Marilyn Maye.[28] Before Williams had success with "Music to Watch Girls By", it was an instrumental hit for The Bob Crewe Generation, reaching number 15 pop[29] and spending two weeks at number two Easy Listening.[30] "I Want to Be Free" originated as the more casually titled "I Wanna Be Free" on the 1966 eponymous debut album by The Monkees.[31]

Artists who had chart hits with "Alfie" include Cilla Black (number 95 pop,[32] number nine UK[33]), Cher (number 32 pop),[34] Joanie Sommers (number nine Easy Listening),[35] Carmen McRae (number 29 Easy Listening),[36] and Dionne Warwick (number 15 pop,[37] number five R&B).[38] "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Casinos,[39] and Eddy Arnold's cover of the song made it to number 84 there,[40] went as high as number six Easy Listening,[41] and spent two weeks at number one Country.[42] "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb peaked at number two pop and number three R&B,[43] and "I Will Wait for You" was performed in French for the 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.[44]

Personnel[3][edit]

This was Williams's 13th studio album for Columbia Records and the first of those that was not produced by Robert Mersey.

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger (except as noted), producer
  • J. Hill - arranger ("Strangers in the Night", "I Will Wait for You")
  • Eddie Karam - arranger (" Spanish Eyes", "Sherry!")
  • Ray Gerhardt - recording engineer
  • Bob Cato - photography

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (2009) Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88697 59112 2
  2. ^ a b "Born Free". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1967) Born Free by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9480.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1967-04-29. p. 84. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  6. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  7. ^ "Andy Williams - Born Free". Chart Stats. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  9. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  10. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Born Free/Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "In the Arms of Love/Born Free". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Born Free (1966) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 397.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 258.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 704.
  18. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 138.
  19. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 57.
  20. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 118.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 153.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 409.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 220.
  24. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 592.
  25. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Frank Sinatra
  26. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 117.
  27. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  28. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 156.
  29. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 148.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 60.
  31. ^ "The Monkees - The Monkees". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  32. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 54.
  33. ^ "Cilla Black - Alfie". Chart Stats. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  34. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 115.
  35. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 223.
  36. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 160.
  37. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 690.
  38. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 610.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 104.
  40. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 22.
  41. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 19.
  42. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 16.
  43. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 285.
  44. ^ "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 

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