Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing

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Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1962
Recorded September 27, 1961
November 3, 1961
November 6, 1961
November 8, 1961
November 10, 1961[1]
Genre Traditional pop,
Standards,
Vocal pop,
Early pop/rock[2]
Length 38:13
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[3]
Andy Williams chronology
Andy Williams' Best
(1961)
Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing
(1962)
Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
(1962)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released early in 1962 by Columbia Records. This first project for the label after leaving Cadence Records made its debut on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated March 3 of that year and stayed around for 36 weeks, eventually reaching number 19.[5]

The album's first single, "Danny Boy", debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the issue dated October 30, 1961, and reached number 64 during its six-week stay.[6] It fared even better as his first single to appear on Billboard's recently christened Easy Listening chart, peaking at number 15 and only hinting at the even greater success Williams would have with the Easy Listening audience.[7]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time by Sony Music Distribution on May 15, 2001, as tracks 1 through 12 on a pairing of two albums on one CD with tracks 13 through 24 consisting of Williams's Columbia album from April 1962, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes.[8] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on February 5, 2002, the other album being Williams's Columbia album from January 1964, The Wonderful World of Andy Williams.[9] 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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Danny Boy" (Frederick Edward Weatherly) – 2:56
  2. "Tammy" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 3:08
  3. "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:53
  4. "I'm Old Fashioned" (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) – 3:00
  5. "Come to Me, Bend to Me" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:25
  6. "Secret Love" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:16
  7. "The Heather on the Hill" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:02
  8. "Can I Forget You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 3:44
  9. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen) – 3:01
  10. "I Want to Be Wanted" (Kim Gannon, Giuseppe Spotti, Alberto Testa) – 3:20
  11. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 3:07
  12. "Misty" (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke) – 3:24

Recording dates[1][edit]

  • September 27, 1961 - "Danny Boy"
  • November 3, 1961 - "Tammy", "Misty"
  • November 6, 1961 - "The Heather on the Hill'", "I Want to Be Wanted"
  • November 8, 1961 - "I'm Old Fashioned", "Secret Love", "Summertime"
  • November 10, 1961 - "The Twelfth of Never", "Come to Me, Bend to Me", "Can I Forget You", "It Could Happen to You"

Grammy nomination[edit]

The single "Danny Boy" brought another of the six Grammy nominations that Williams received over the course of his career, this time in the category for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male. The winner was Jack Jones for "Lollipops and Roses".[11]

Song information[edit]

"Danny Boy" first charted in 1918 as a number five recording by Ernestine Schumann-Heink.[12] "Summertime" is from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess and was a number 12 hit for Billie Holiday in 1936.[13] "Can I Forget You" is from the 1937 film High, Wide, and Handsome.[14] "I'm Old Fashioned" first appeared in the 1942 film You Were Never Lovelier and reached number 23 the following year as a recording by the film's star, Fred Astaire.[15] "It Could Happen to You" was written for the 1944 film And the Angels Sing,[16] and Jo Stafford made it a number 10 hit later that same year.[17] "Come to Me, Bend to Me" and "The Heather on the Hill" both come from the 1947 musical Brigadoon.[18]

"Secret Love" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as performed by Doris Day in the 1953 film Calamity Jane.[19] Day's recording spent four weeks at number one in 1954.[20] "Misty" originally charted as an instrumental by the Erroll Garner Trio, reaching number 30 in 1954,[21] but had even greater success after lyrics were added, starting with the 1959 Johnny Mathis recording that went to number 12.[22] Mathis had already done the original recording of another song on this album,"The Twelfth of Never", in 1957 that reached number nine as the flip side to his number one hit "Chances Are".[23] Another hit from that year,"Tammy", was written for the movie Tammy and the Bachelor and recorded by the film's star, Debbie Reynolds, whose version spent five weeks at number one and earned Gold single certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.[24] Brenda Lee's recording of "I Want to Be Wanted" spent one week at number one in 1960.[25]

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Robert Mersey – arranger, conductor, producer
  • Bob Cato – photographer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (2002) Album notes for Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/The Wonderful World of Andy Williams by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  2. ^ a b "Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1962) Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8551.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1962-01-20. p. 20. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  6. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  7. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  8. ^ "Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/Moon River & Other Great Movie The". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/The Wonderful World of Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  11. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 56.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 489.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 215.
  14. ^ "High, Wide, and Handsome". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 37.
  16. ^ "And the Angels Sing". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 530.
  18. ^ "Brigadoon". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  19. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1055.
  20. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 123.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 550.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 813.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 413.
  24. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 538.
  25. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 369.

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0-399-52477-0 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1985), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-054-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-083-0 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1993), Joel Whitburn's Top Adult Contemporary, 1961-1993, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-099-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1999), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-140-3 
  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-40053-4