Love Story (Andy Williams album)

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Love Story
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released February 3, 1971[1]
Recorded 1970-1971
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Soft rock[2]
Length 35:54
Label Columbia
Producer Dick Glasser [3]
Andy Williams chronology
The Andy Williams Show
(1970)
Love Story
(1971)
Love Story (U.K.)
(1971)
Alternate cover
Home Lovin' Man (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Love Story is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on February 3, 1971, by Columbia Records.[1]

The album made its first appearance on the Top LP's chart in the issue of Billboard magazine dated February 20, 1971, and remained there for 33 weeks, peaking at number three.[5] One month later, on March 22, the album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, and Platinum certification was awarded on November 21, 1986.[6] For its release in the UK, the album was entitled Home Lovin' Man and did not include the title song from the original album (which was subtitled "Where Do I Begin?"), and this retitled edition entered the UK album chart on March 27, 1971, and spent two weeks at number one during its 26 weeks there.[7] The title track from the original album was included on a UK LP that was also called Love Story but otherwise had a completely different set of songs, and that release entered the UK album chart on July 31 of that year and reached number 11 over the course of 11 weeks.[7]

The first single from the original Love Story album was, in fact, "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story", which entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated February 6, 1971, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks, eventually peaking at number nine.[8] The song also entered the magazine's list of the 40 most popular Easy Listening songs of the week in that same issue for its first of 15 weeks, later spending four weeks at number one and tying his previous record there, which was set by "Can't Get Used to Losing You" in 1963.[9] Its lifespan on the UK singles chart began on March 20 of that same year and lasted 18 weeks, during which time it reached number four.[10] The first single from the Home Lovin' Man LP was that album's title track, which began a seven-week run to number 10 and back on the Easy Listening chart in the US on October 24, 1970.[9] Although it did not make the pop chart stateside, it did enter the UK singles chart on November 21, 1970, and got as high as number seven during its 12 weeks there.[7]

The original Love Story album was released on compact disc for the first time by Columbia Records in 1988.[2] A Columbia 3-CD box set including this album along with Andy Williams' Greatest Hits and Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was released on August 12, 1997.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 3:10
  2. "Your Song" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 3:27
  3. "For the Good Times" (Kris Kristofferson) – 3:37
  4. "Something" (George Harrison) – 3:01
  5. "It's Impossible" (Armando Manzanero, Sid Wayne) – 2:47
  6. "We've Only Just Begun" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 3:15
  7. "I Think I Love You" (Tony Romeo) – 2:42
  8. "Candida" (Irwin Levine, Toni Wine) – 3:38
  9. "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor) – 3:36
  10. "Rose Garden" (Joe South) – 2:31
  11. "My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) – 4:14

For the Home Lovin' Man album in the UK, "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" was replaced with the title track, but the remaining 10 songs followed the same order listed.

Song information[edit]

Elton John got as high as number eight pop,[12] number nine Easy Listening,[13] and number seven on the UK singles chart[14] with "Your Song". "For the Good Times" earned Ray Price a week at number one on the Billboard Country singles chart,[15] peak positions at number nine Easy Listening[16] and number 11 pop,[17] and the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.[18] By the time Williams had released this album The Beatles had received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for "Something",[19] spent a week with the song at number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[20] and made it to number 17 Easy Listening[21] and number four UK.[22]

Perry Como's "It's Impossible" spent four weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart[23] and peaked at number 10 pop[24] and number four UK.[25] The Carpenters earned a Gold record for "We've Only Just Begun"[26] and spent four weeks at number two pop[27] and seven weeks at number one Easy Listening[28] in addition to reaching number 28 UK.[29] Another Gold record covered here is The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You",[30] which enjoyed three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100[31] and made it to number eight Easy Listening[32] and number 18 UK.[33] Gold certification was also bestowed upon "Candida",[34] which went to number three pop,[35] number eight Easy Listening,[36] and number nine UK[37] for Dawn, the group that eventually became known as Tony Orlando and Dawn.

"Fire and Rain" had its biggest chart success as a recording by James Taylor that reached number three on the Hot 100,[38] number seven Easy Listening,[39] and number 42 UK.[40] "Rose Garden" took Lynn Anderson to number one on the Country chart for five weeks,[41] number five Easy Listening,[42] number three pop,[43] and number three UK,[44] and awarded her with Gold certification[45] and the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.[46] George Harrison's recording of "My Sweet Lord" made it to number one pop for four weeks,[47] number 10 Easy Listening,[48] and number one UK for five weeks[49] while earning Gold certification from the RIAA.[50]

Chart positions[edit]

Title Chart Year Peak
position
Home Lovin' Man UK Albums Chart[51] 1971 1 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
UK Albums Chart number-one album
3 April 1971 - 17 April 1971
Succeeded by
Motown Chartbusters Volume 5
by Various artists


Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Dick Glasser - producer
  • Artie Butler - arranger (except as noted)
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story")
  • Peter Romano - engineer
  • Rafael O. Valentin - engineer
  • Anne Blackford - cover design
  • Guy Webster - cover photos

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 c "Love Story - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1971) "Love Story" by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 30497.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1971-02-20. p. 53. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  6. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Andy Williams
  7. ^ a b c "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1060.
  9. ^ a b Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  10. ^ "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story". Chart Stats. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Greatest Hits/ Greatest Hits, Vol. 2/Love Story". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 502.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 122.
  14. ^ "Elton John - Your Song". Chart Stats. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 277.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 193.
  17. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 780.
  18. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 168, 171.
  19. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Something"
  20. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 77.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 25.
  22. ^ "The Beatles - Something/Come Together". Chart Stats. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  23. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 57.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 216.
  25. ^ "Perry Como - It's Impossible". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  26. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by The Carpenters
  27. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 162.
  28. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 42.
  29. ^ "The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun". Chart Stats. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  30. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by The Partridge Family
  31. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 745.
  32. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 185.
  33. ^ "The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  34. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Candida"
  35. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 729.
  36. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 67.
  37. ^ "Dawn - Candida". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  38. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 822.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 237.
  40. ^ "James Taylor - Fire and Rain". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  41. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 12.
  42. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 17.
  43. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 41.
  44. ^ "Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden". Chart Stats. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  45. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Lynn Anderson
  46. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 171.
  47. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 426.
  48. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 106.
  49. ^ "George Harrison - My Sweet Lord". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  50. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by George Harrison
  51. ^ "Andy Williams - Home Lovin' Man". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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 (2002), Joel Whitburn's Top Country Singles, 1944-2001, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-151-9 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7