I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up

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I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released June 18, 2007[1]
Recorded 2006[2]
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Length 51:25
Label Demon Music Group
Producer Andy Williams[2]
Andy Williams chronology
B Sides and Rarities
(2003)
I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up
(2007)
Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up is the final studio album by American pop singer Andy Williams and was released in the UK by the Demon Music Group in 2007.[1] In the liner notes of the album Williams writes, "Over the past few years I have come across songs that I really wanted to record. I picked 13 of my favorites and set out to make a new record."[2] While the title track is the only new song, the other 12 selections were chart hits for other artists or, as is the case with "Desperado" by the Eagles, received critical acclaim without having been released as a single.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She's the One" (Karl Wallinger) – 3:52
  2. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange) – 3:37
  3. "Every Breath You Take" (Sting) – 3:43
  4. "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison) – 4:18
  5. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" (Danny Whitten) – 3:43
  6. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Albert Manno, Eugene Wilde) – 3:49
  7. "Desperado" (Glenn Frey, Don Henley) – 3:31
  8. "One Sweet Day" (Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman) – 4:10
  9. "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka) – 4:44
  10. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:31
  11. "Just to See Her" (Jimmy George, Lou Pardini) – 3:44
  12. "Lady in Red" (Chris de Burgh) – 4:02
  13. "I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up" (Artie Butler) – 4:41


Song information[edit]

Neil Sedaka's first recording of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" reached number one on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 in 1962, but on this album Williams pays tribute to Sedaka's much slower 1975 version that went to number one on the magazine's Adult Contemporary chart and got as high as number eight pop.[4] "The Shadow of Your Smile" is the title track from Williams's spring of 1966 release, and "Desperado" comes from the 1973 album of the same name by the Eagles. Rod Stewart's first recording of "I Don't Want to Talk About It" was released in 1979 and peaked at number 46 on the pop chart,[5] but his 1990 remake, while not a Hot 100 hit, did reach the Adult Contemporary chart, where it made it to number two.[6]

The Police spent eight weeks at number one on the Hot 100 with "Every Breath You Take" in 1983.[7] "Lady in Red" by Chris de Burgh reached number two Adult Contemporary[8] and number three pop[9] in 1987, the same year in which Smokey Robinson got to number eight pop,[10] number two R&B,[11] and number one Adult Contemporary[12] with "Just to See Her". Van Morrison took "Have I Told You Lately" to number 12 Adult Contemporary in 1989,[13] and Rod Stewart spent five weeks at number one with the song on that same chart[6] in addition to peaking at number five pop[5] in 1993.

"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams enjoyed five weeks at number one on Billboard magazine's Hot 100[14] and Adult Contemporary[15] charts in 1995. "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men was released later that year and lasted 16 weeks at number one on the pop chart,[16] 13 weeks at number one Adult Contemporary,[17] and nine weeks at number two R&B.[18] "I'll Never Break Your Heart" by the Backstreet Boys spent seven weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart[19] and reached number four on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay list[20] in 1998, and Robbie Williams's recording of "She's the One" was at number one for a week in the UK in 1999.[21]

Personnel[2][edit]

Production
  • Artie Butler - arranger (except as noted), supervisor
  • Bruce Botnick - engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Peter Fuchs - string engineer
  • Joe Galante - arranger ("Just to See Her")
  • Nick Hazard - arranger ("The Shadow of Your Smile")
  • Chad Heasley - lead vocal engineer
  • Ken Thorne - arranger ("Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?", "Every Breath You Take", "One Sweet Day")
  • Andy Williams - producer
  • Dick Williams - background vocal arranger
Performers
  • Chris Botti - trumpet ("The Shadow of Your Smile")
  • Bratislava Symphony - strings
  • John Cox - piano, keyboard
  • Tom Dostal - percussion
  • John Goux - guitar
  • Tim May - guitar
  • John Robinson - drums
  • Lelan Sklar - bass
  • Mike Valerio - bass
  • Andy Williams - lead vocal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d (2007) I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. London: Demon Music Group DMGCD006.
  3. ^ "The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - 2004". rocklistmusic.co.uk. rocklist.net. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 866.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 936.
  6. ^ a b Whitburn 2007, p. 264.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 769.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 74.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 261.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 827.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 497.
  12. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 232.
  13. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 196.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 23.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 4.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 159.
  17. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 42.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 103.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 17.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 61.
  21. ^ "Robbie Williams - She's The One/It's Only Us". Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-169-1 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2