Love Story (Andy Williams album, UK version)

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Love Story
Compilation album by Andy Williams
Released 1971
Recorded February 10, 1965
September 17, 1969
July 28, 1970
December 17, 1970
April 1971[1]
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Soft rock
Length 31:36
Label CBS Records
Andy Williams chronology
Love Story
(1971)
Love Story (UK version)
(1971)
You've Got a Friend
(1971)

Love Story is an compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the UK in July 1971 by the CBS Records division of Columbia. It entered the UK album chart on July 31 of that year and reached number 11 over the course of 11 weeks.[2]

The title track from the album, which was subtitled "Where Do I Begin?", entered the Hot 100 in the US in the issue of Billboard magazine dated February 6, 1971, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks, eventually peaking at number nine.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Someone Who Cares" (Alex Harvey) – 3:15
  2. "Long, Long Time" (Gary White) – 3:37
  3. "What Am I Living For" (Art Harris, Fred Jacobson, Fred Jay) – 3:06
  4. "Whistling Away The Dark" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 3:19
  5. "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 3:52
  6. "I'll Be There" (Hal Davis, Berry Gordy, Willie Hutch, Bob West) – 2:39
  7. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott) – 2:59
  8. "Autumn" (Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire) – 2:19
  9. "The Last Time I Saw Her" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 3:25
  10. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 3:10

Recording dates[edit]

  • February 10, 1965 – "Autumn"[1]
  • September 17, 1969 – "What Am I Living For"[1]
  • July 28, 1970 – "Whistling Away the Dark"[1]
  • December 17, 1970 – "Someone Who Cares",[1] "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"[6]
  • April 22, 1971 – "I'll Be There",[7] "The Last Time I Saw Her"[1]
  • April 22, 1971–April 26, 1971 – "Long, Long Time", "If You Could Read My Mind", "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"[1]

Song information[edit]

Kenny Rogers and the First Edition recorded "Someone Who Cares" for the 1970 film Fools[8] and reached number four on Billboard magazine's Easy Listening chart[9] and number 51 on the Hot 100.[10] "Long, Long Time" by Linda Ronstadt reached number 25 on the Hot 100[11] and number 20 Easy Listening.[12] Chuck Willis had a number one R&B hit in Billboard magazine with "What Am I Living For",[13] which also reached number nine on the pop chart.[14] "Whistling Away The Dark" comes from the 1970 film Darling Lili, where it was sung by the film's star, Julie Andrews.[15] "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot peaked at number five on the Hot 100,[16] spent a week at number one Easy Listening,[17] and reached number 30 on the UK singles chart.[18]

The Jackson 5 song "I'll Be There" had five weeks at number one on the Hot 100[19] and six weeks at number one R&B[20] and reached number 24 Easy Listening[21] and number four UK.[22] By the time of this release by Williams, The Hollies had made it to number three on the UK singles chart[23] and number seven pop[24] with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", and Neil Diamond took his rendition of the song to number 20 pop[25] and number four Easy Listening.[26] "Autumn" originated in the 1958 musical Cyrano[27] and was recorded by Barbra Streisand in 1964 for her album People.[28] Glen Campbell's recording of "The Last Time I Saw Her" reached number 61 on the Hot 100,[29] number 12 Easy Listening,[30] and number 21 Country.[31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o (2003) Album notes for B Sides and Rarities by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  2. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1060.
  4. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  5. ^ "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story". Chart Stats. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ (2002) Album notes for The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  7. ^ (2002) Album notes for The Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  8. ^ "Fools by Various Artists". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 203.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 831.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 836.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 205.
  13. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 628.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1065.
  15. ^ "Darling Lili (1970) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 573.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 141.
  18. ^ "Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 481.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 287.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 118.
  22. ^ "The Jackson 5". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  23. ^ "The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  24. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 447.
  25. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 274.
  26. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 72.
  27. ^ "Richard Maltby, Jr.". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  28. ^ "People - Barbra Streisand". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  29. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 153.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 39.
  31. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 53.

References[edit]

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