Happy Heart (album)

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Happy Heart
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre AM pop
Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Soft rock[1]
Length 36:59
Label Columbia
Producer Jerry Fuller[2]
Andy Williams chronology
The Andy Williams Sound of Music
(1969)
Happy Heart
(1969)
Get Together with Andy Williams
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard 5/5 stars[3]

Happy Heart is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1969 by Columbia Records.[1] The album made its first appearance on the Top LP's chart in the issue of Billboard magazine dated May 17, 1969, and remained there for 23 weeks, peaking at number nine.[4] It entered the UK album chart on July 26 of that year and reached number 22 over the course of 10 weeks,[5] and the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album Gold certification on August 20 of that year.[6]

The title song from the album had been released as a single that March and entered the Easy Listening chart in the issue of Billboard dated April 5, 1969, eventually spending 14 weeks there and two of those weeks at number one.[7] The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 one week later and reached number 22 over the course of 11 weeks.[8] In the UK it entered the singles chart for the week of May 10 that year and stayed there for 10 weeks, peaking at number 19.[9]

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 spring of 1968, Honey.[10] This same pairing was also released as two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 2000.[11] 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.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Once in My Life" (Ron Miller, Orlando Murden) – 2:54
  2. "Where's the Playground, Susie?" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:51
  3. "My Way" (Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux) – 3:43
  4. "Wichita Lineman" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:55
  5. "Happy Heart" (James Last, Jackie Rae) – 3:15
  6. "Gentle on My Mind" (John Hartford) – 3:10
  7. "Didn't We" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:27
  8. "Memories" (Mac Davis, Billy Strange) – 3:47
  9. "Little Green Apples" (Bobby Russell) – 4:03
  10. "Here, There and Everywhere" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:15
  11. "Abraham, Martin and John" (Dick Holler) – 3:43

Song information[edit]

Stevie Wonder's up-tempo recording of "For Once in My Life" made it to number two pop,[13] number two R&B,[14] and number three in the UK.[15] The more traditional pop recording of the song by Tony Bennett peaked at number eight on Billboard's Easy Listening chart[16] and number 91 on the Hot 100.[17] Glen Campbell's hit "Where's the Playground, Susie?" reached number 26 pop,[18] number 10 Easy Listening,[19] and number 28 Country.[20] Frank Sinatra's "My Way" peaked at number 27 pop,[21] number two Easy Listening,[22] and number five in the UK.[23]

"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell spent two weeks at number one on Billboard's Country chart[24] and six weeks at number one Easy Listening,[19] got as high as number three on the Billboard Hot 100[18] and number seven on the UK singles chart,[25] and received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[26] Petula Clark's recording of "Happy Heart" reached number 62 pop[27] and number 12 Easy Listening.[28] Billboard charted the biggest success for "Gentle on My Mind" as an Easy Listening hit that Patti Page took to number seven,[29] Campbell to number eight,[19] and Dean Martin to number nine,[30] and Martin also had the most success with the song on the UK chart, where he reached number two.[31] Grammys for the song went to songwriter John Hartford for Best Country & Western Song and Best Folk Performance[32] and Campbell for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male.[33]

"Didn't We" also had its biggest chart success as an Easy Listening hit, reaching number 36 for actor James Darren,[34] number 33 for actor Robert Goulet,[35] number 11 for actor Richard Harris,[36] and number 22 for actress Barbra Streisand.[37] "Memories" by Elvis Presley reached number 35 on the Hot 100,[38] number seven Easy Listening,[39] and number 56 Country.[40] "Little Green Apples" songwriter Bobby Russell won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Country Song,[41] and O. C. Smith had the most successful recording of the song, which peaked at number two pop,[42] number four Easy Listening,[43] and number two R&B,[44] and received Gold certification.[45] "Here, There and Everywhere" originated on the 1966 Beatles album Revolver,[46] and Williams's then-wife, Claudine Longet, reached number 19 on the Easy Listening chart and "bubbled under" the Hot 100 at number 126 with her recording of the song.[47] Dion had the highest-charting version of "Abraham, Martin and John" in the US, reaching number four pop[48] and number eight Easy Listening,[49] and Marvin Gaye provided the song's best showing in the UK, where he got to number nine during a 14-week stay.[50]

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Jerry Fuller - producer
  • Al Capps - arranger
  • Peter Romano - engineer (except as noted)
  • Phil Macy - engineer ("Happy Heart")
  • Frank Bez - back cover photo
  • Barry Feinstein - front cover photo

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Happy Heart". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b (1969) Happy Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9844.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1969-05-10. p. 106. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  5. ^ "Andy Williams - Honey". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  7. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  8. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  9. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Honey/Happy Heart". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Honey/Happy Heart by Andy Williams". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 712.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 635.
  15. ^ "Stevie Wonder - For Once in My Life". Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  16. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 27.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 47.
  18. ^ a b Whitburn 1999, p. 92.
  19. ^ a b c Whitburn 1993, p. 38.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 53.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 592.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 220.
  23. ^ "Frank Sinatra - My Way". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  24. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 53.
  25. ^ "Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  26. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Glen Campbell
  27. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 123.
  28. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 51.
  29. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 183.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 152.
  31. ^ "Dean Martin - Gentle on My Mind". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  32. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 130, 132.
  33. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 132.
  34. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 65.
  35. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 100.
  36. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 106.
  37. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 232.
  38. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 512.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 192.
  40. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 16.
  41. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 143, 145.
  42. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 599.
  43. ^ "Top 40 Easy Listening". Billboard. 1968-11-09. p. 53. 
  44. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 535.
  45. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Little Green Apples"
  46. ^ "Revolver". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  47. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 143.
  48. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 179.
  49. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 73.
  50. ^ "Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin and John". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 

References[edit]

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