Love, Andy

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Love, Andy
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released October 16, 1967[1]
Recorded 1967
Genre AM pop
Traditional pop
Vocal pop[2]
Length 32:54
Label Columbia
Producer Nick DeCaro[3]
Andy Williams chronology
Born Free
(1967)
Love, Andy
(1967)
Honey
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Love, Andy is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on October 16, 1967,[1] by Columbia Records to coincide with the NBC special of the same name, which aired on November 6.[5] The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated November 18 and remained there for 36 weeks, peaking at number eight.[6] It entered the UK album chart in May 1968 and spent one week at number one over the course of 22 weeks,[7] and the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album Gold certification on May 14 of that year.[8]

In the US, the single released from the album, "Holly", first appeared on the Easy Listening chart in the issue of Billboard dated October 28, 1967, and peaked at number four during a 16-week stay.[9] The song also began to "bubble under" the Hot 100 in the issue dated November 18, 1967, and eventually reached number 113.[4] In the UK the song chosen as the single for release was a cover of Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes off You", and it entered the singles chart there for the week of March 16, 1968, stayed around for 18 weeks, and got as high as number five.[10] Williams revisited the song in 2002 as a duet with Denise Van Outen that reached number 23 in the UK.[11]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 1995, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from the spring of 1963, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests (under its UK title, Can't Get Used to Losing You and Other Requests).[12] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on March 23, 1999, paired this time with Williams's Columbia album from the spring of 1967, Born Free.[13] This 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.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" (C. Carson Parks) – 2:59
  2. "Watch What Happens" (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand) – 2:27
  3. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:55
  4. "What Now, My Love?" (Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman) – 2:05
  5. "Can't Take My Eyes off You" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) – 3:15
  6. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (Paul Campbell, Joel Newman) – 2:52
  7. "Holly" (Craig Vincent Smith) – 2:25
  8. "When I Look in Your Eyes" (Leslie Bricusse) – 3:22
  9. "The More I See You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 2:25
  10. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 2:53
  11. "God Only Knows" (Tony Asher, Brian Wilson) – 2:52

Song information[edit]

"Somethin' Stupid" by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy spent four weeks at number one pop,[15] nine weeks at number one Easy Listening,[16] and two weeks in the top spot in the UK.[17] "Watch What Happens" comes from the 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.[18] "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield peaked at number 22 on the Hot 100[19] and number 31 Easy Listening,[20] and the recording of the song by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 reached number four on the pop chart[21] and spent five weeks at number two Easy Listening.[22] "Holly" was composed by Craig Vincent Smith, a member of The Good Time Singers folk group that appeared regularly on The Andy Williams Show. Sonny & Cher reached number 14 pop[23] and number 13 UK[24] with "What Now, My Love?", and an instrumental version by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass went to number 24 on the Hot 100,[25] spent a week at number two Easy Listening,[26] and earned the group Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement.[27] "Can't Take My Eyes off You" by Frankie Valli reached number two pop[28] and achieved Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[29] Jimmie Rodgers had the most successful rendition of "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", peaking at number three pop,[30] number six Country,[31] number eight R&B,[32] and number seven UK.[33]

"When I Look in Your Eyes" was performed by Rex Harrison on the soundtrack album of the 1967 film Dr. Dolittle.[34] "The More I See You" had peak positions on the pop chart at number seven for Dick Haymes[35] number 12 for Harry James & His Orchestra with Buddy DeVito on vocal,[36] and number 16 for Chris Montez,[37] who also took the song to number two Easy Listening.[38] Montez reached number four on that same chart with "There Will Never Be Another You",[38] which was also a pop hit for him at number 33,[37] for Woody Herman & His Orchestra at number 23,[39] and for Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra with Nancy Norman on vocal at number 20.[40] The Beach Boys song "God Only Knows" peaked at number 39 on the Hot 100[41] and number two on the UK singles chart.[42]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[7] 1968 1 (1 week)
Preceded by
John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
UK Albums Chart number-one album
15 June 1968 - 22 June 1968
Succeeded by
The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer
  • Eddie Karam - conductor
  • Lincoln Mayorga - piano ("God Only Knows")
  • Rafael O. Valentin - recording engineer
  • Frank Laico - recording engineer
  • Peter Whorf - photographer

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 "Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1967) Love, Andy by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566.
  4. ^ a b "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1967-11-04. p. 88. 
  5. ^ "A Billboard Spotlight: Andy Williams". Billboard. 1967-11-11. p. AW64. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  7. ^ a b "Andy Williams - Love, Andy". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  8. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  9. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  10. ^ "Andy Williams - Can't Take My Eyes off You". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Andy Williams/ Denise Van Outen - Can't Take My Eyes off You". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Can't Get Used to Losing You/Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Born Free/Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 592.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 220.
  17. ^ "Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra - Somethin' Stupid". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  19. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 610.
  20. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 225.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 429.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 162.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 603.
  24. ^ "Sonny and Cher - What Now My Love". Chart Stats. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  25. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 12.
  26. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 14.
  27. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 117, 120.
  28. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 674.
  29. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for releases by Frankie Valli
  30. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 548.
  31. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 299.
  32. ^ Whitburn 2004, pp. 498.
  33. ^ "Jimmie Rodgers - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  34. ^ "Dr. Dolittle (1967) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  35. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 205.
  36. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 227.
  37. ^ a b Whitburn 1999, p. 445.
  38. ^ a b Whitburn 1993, p. 167.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 210.
  40. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 250.
  41. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 39.
  42. ^ "The Beach Boys - God Only Knows". Chart Stats. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 

References[edit]

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