The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies

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The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1964
Recorded 1964
Genre Traditional pop,
Early pop/rock,
Film music,
Soundtracks,
Standards[1]
Length 35:30
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[2]
Andy Williams chronology
The Wonderful World of Andy Williams
(1964)
The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies
(1964)
The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits
(1964)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard 5/5 stars[3]

The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1964 by Columbia Records.[3] Williams had already had great success with his albums named after Henry Mancini's Oscar winners from 1961 and 1962, "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses",[4] and was asked to sing Mancini and Johnny Mercer's title song collaboration from the 1963 film Charade at the Academy Awards on April 13, 1964, after it was nominated for Best Original Song, but the winner that year was the other song that Williams performed at the ceremony, "Call Me Irresponsible".[5]

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated May 9 of that year and remained on the album chart for 63 weeks, peaking at number five.[4] It received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on December 18, 1964.[6]

As the B-side of the single "A Fool Never Learns," the album's opening track, "Charade", made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 18, 1964, spending its only week on the chart at number 100.[7]

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 album from September 1964, The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits.[8] This same pairing was also released as two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 2000.[9] 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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Charade" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:35
  2. "Mona Lisa" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 2:54
  3. "Call Me Irresponsible" (Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen) – 3:10
  4. "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn) – 2:38
  5. "Madrigal" (Malcolm Arnold, Mack David) – 3:11
  6. "Be My Love" (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn) – 3:15
  7. "More" (Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero, Riz Ortolani) – 2:32
  8. "Laura" (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) – 2:50
  9. "Anniversary Song" (Saul Chaplin, Al Jolson) – 2:58
  10. "Gigi" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 4:07
  11. "The Song from Moulin Rouge" (Georges Auric, William Engvick) – 2:26
  12. "Love Letters" (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 2:57

Grammy nominations[edit]

This album brought the fifth of six Grammy nominations that Williams received over the course of his career, this time in the category for Best Vocal Performance, Male. This nomination did not focus on the performance of a particular song but rather Williams's performance of the album as a whole. The winner was Louis Armstrong for the single "Hello, Dolly!", a song that Williams went on to record on his next album, The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits.[11]

Song information[edit]

Woody Herman & His Orchestra had the highest charting version of the song "Laura", making it to number four in Billboard magazine in 1945.[12] The title song from the 1945 film Love Letters was a number 11 hit for Dick Haymes in September of that year.[13] "Anniversary Song" from the 1946 film The Jolson Story had its highest chart performance as a recording by Dinah Shore that spent two weeks at number one in 1947.[14] "Mona Lisa" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its inclusion in the 1950 film Captain Carey, U.S.A.,[15] and its most popular recording, by Nat King Cole, spent eight weeks at number one and sold over 3 million copies.[16] "Be My Love" comes from the 1950 film The Toast of New Orleans, and Mario Lanza's version of the song spent a week at number one in 1951 and sold 2 million copies.[17] "The Song from Moulin Rouge" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra with Felicia Sanders on vocal spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard chart and sold one million copies in 1953.[18]

Doris Day introduced the song "I'll Never Stop Loving You" in the 1955 film Love Me or Leave Me and took it to number 13 in Billboard magazine that same year.[19] Vic Damone spent a week on the Hot 100 at number 88[20] with the Academy Award-winning title song from the 1958 musical Gigi.[21] Henry Mancini's recording of "Charade" reached number 36 on the Hot 100[22] and number 15 on the Easy Listening chart,[23] and Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra had similar success with the song, getting as high as number 36 Pop[24] and number 10 Easy Listening.[25] "Call Me Irresponsible", from the 1963 film Papa's Delicate Condition, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song[5] and had two artists put it on the charts that year: Jack Jones made it to number 75 on the Hot 100,[26] while Frank Sinatra's recording peaked a few notches lower, at number 78,[27] in addition to reaching number 20 Easy Listening.[28] "More", the theme from 1963's Mondo Cane also had two renditions on the charts that year: Kai Winding got to number eight Pop[29] and spent four weeks at number two Easy Listening with an instrumental recording of the song,[30] while Vic Dana's vocal version made it to number 42 on the Hot 100[20] and number 10 Easy Listening.[31] The most recent song covered here, "Madrigal", comes from the 1964 film of the Broadway play The Chalk Garden.[2]

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Robert Mersey - arranger (except as noted), conductor, producer
  • Dave Grusin - arranger ("More")
  • Henry Beau - arranger ("Call Me Irresponsible")
  • Frank Bez - photography

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Academy Award Winning "Call Me Irresponsible"". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c (1966) The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8971.
  3. ^ a b "Album Reviews". Billboard (magazine). 1964-05-16. p. 54. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn 1985, p. 405.
  5. ^ a b Wiley 1996, p. 1084.
  6. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  7. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  8. ^ "Call Me Irresponsible/My Fair Lady". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  9. ^ (2000) Album notes for Call Me Irresponsible/My Fair Lady by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  10. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  11. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 91.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 210.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 205.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 389.
  15. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1047.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 88.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 267.
  18. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 152.
  19. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 163.
  20. ^ a b Whitburn 1999, p. 157.
  21. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1070.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 399.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 148.
  24. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 343.
  25. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 148.
  26. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 336.
  27. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 592.
  28. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 220.
  29. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 709.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 260.
  31. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 64.

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0-399-52477-0 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1985), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-054-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-083-0 
  • 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 
  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-40053-4