Honey (Andy Williams album)

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Honey
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre AM pop
Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Soft rock[1]
Length 35:07
Label Columbia
Producer Nick DeCaro[2]
Andy Williams chronology
Love, Andy
(1967)
Honey
(1968)
The Andy Williams Sound of Music
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard 5/5 stars[3]

Honey is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1968 by Columbia Records.[1] The album made its first appearance on Billboard's Top LP's chart in the issue dated June 8, 1968, and remained there for 40 weeks, peaking at number nine.[4] It entered the UK album chart shortly thereafter in July and reached number four over the course of 17 weeks,[5] and the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album Gold certification on November 1 of that year.[6]

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 1969, Happy Heart.[7] This same pairing was also released as two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 2000.[8] 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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" (Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh) – 2:39
  2. "This Is My Song" (Charles Chaplin) – 2:53
  3. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:49
  4. "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" (André Previn, Dory Previn) – 3:40
  5. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) – 3:46
  6. "Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)" (Brian Blackburn, Pierre Cour, André Popp) – 2:46
  7. "Honey (I Miss You)" (Bobby Russell) – 4:30
  8. "Windy" (Ruthann Friedman) – 2:25
  9. "Our Last Goodbye" (Nick DeCaro, William "Ju Ju" House) – 2:25
  10. "Spooky" (Buddy Buie, James B. Cobb, Jr., Harry Middlebrooks, Mike Shapiro) – 3:18
  11. "Up, Up and Away" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:36

Song information[edit]

"The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" by Jack Jones spent one week at number one on the Easy Listening chart of Billboard magazine[10] and peaked at number 35 on the magazine's Hot 100.[11] Petula Clark took "This Is My Song" to number one in Australia, Belgium, France, Holland (the Netherlands), Ireland, Italy, New South Wales, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South Africa, and the UK,[12] number three on the US pop chart[13] and number two Easy Listening.[14] Glen Campbell won Grammy Awards in two categories (Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance, Male) for "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"[15] after spending two weeks with the song at number two Country[16] and reaching number 12 Easy Listening[17] and number 26 pop.[18]

"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" by Dionne Warwick spent four weeks at number two on the pop[19] and Easy Listening charts[20] and reached number 13 R&B[21] and number 28 in the UK.[22] Simon & Garfunkel's rendition of "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" peaked at number 11 pop[23] and number five Easy Listening.[24] Paul Mauriat's instrumental recording of "Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)" spent 11 weeks at number one Easy Listening[25] and five weeks in the top spot on the Hot 100,[26] reached number 12 in the UK,[27] and received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America,[28] and a vocal version of the song by Al Martino reached number 57 pop[29] and number three Easy Listening.[30]

"Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro spent five weeks at number one pop,[31] three weeks at number one Country,[32] two weeks at number one Easy Listening,[33] and a week at number two in the UK[34] and was awarded the RIAA's Gold certification.[35] Another Gold record that Williams covers here is "Windy" by The Association,[36] which spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[37] The Classics IV peaked at number three on that same chart with "Spooky".[38] The recording of "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension reached number seven pop[39] and number nine Easy Listening[40] and earned the group Grammys for Best Contemporary Single,[41] Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal or Instrumental),[42] and Record of the Year.[43] The version of the song by the Johnny Mann Singers got to number 24 Easy Listening,[44] number 91 pop,[45] and number six UK[46] and earned the Singers the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus,[41] and the writer of the song, Jimmy Webb, won the Grammy for Song of the Year.[41]

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer
  • Rafael O. Valentin - recording engineer
  • Bob Cato - photographer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Honey". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b (1968) Honey by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9662.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1968-05-25. p. 73. 
  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. ^ "Honey/Happy Heart". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Honey/Happy Heart by Andy Williams". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 124.
  11. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 336.
  12. ^ "Petula Clark.net - Record Charts". Petula Clark.net. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 123.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 51.
  15. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 129–130.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2002, pp. 53–54.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 38.
  18. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 92.
  19. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 691.
  20. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 251.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 610.
  22. ^ "Dionne Warwick - Valley of the Dolls". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  23. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 589.
  24. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 219.
  25. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 156.
  26. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 414.
  27. ^ "Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  28. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for releases by Paul Mauriat
  29. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 409.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 153.
  31. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 260.
  32. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 131.
  33. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 98.
  34. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro - Honey". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  35. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for releases by Bobby Goldsboro
  36. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for releases by The Association
  37. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 24.
  38. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 124.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 220.
  40. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 85.
  41. ^ a b c O'Neil 1999, p. 130.
  42. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 131.
  43. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 129.
  44. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 151.
  45. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 402.
  46. ^ "Johnny Mann Singers - Up, Up and Away". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0-399-52477-0 
  • 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 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2002), Joel Whitburn's Top Country Singles, 1944-2001, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-151-9 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7