The Andy Williams Show (album)

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The Andy Williams Show
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1970
Recorded March 21, 1968
April 8, 1970
July 13, 1970
August 31, 1970[1]
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Soft rock[2]
Length 31:50
Label Columbia
Producer Mike Post
Nick DeCaro[3]
Andy Williams chronology
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
(1970)
The Andy Williams Show
(1970)
Love Story
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

The Andy Williams Show is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the fall of 1970 by Columbia Records.[2] It made its first appearance on the Top LP's chart in the issue of Billboard magazine dated November 14, 1970, and remained on the album chart for 17 weeks, peaking at number 81.[5] It entered the UK album chart the following month, on December 5, and reached number 10 over the course of six weeks.[6]

In his review on AllMusic.com, William Ruhlmann writes that "The Andy Williams Show LP was not a soundtrack recording from the TV series, and it was not really a live album, although it gets categorized as such. What appears to be the case is that Columbia Records took a group of Williams' studio recordings, most of them made during the summer of 1970 and consisting of his versions of recent soft rock hits, and added a lot of canned applause along with some of the kind of musical interludes used to usher numbers on and off on the show, including bits of its "Moon River" theme music at the start and the finish."[2]

The Andy Williams Show was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on February 5, 2002, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from August 1971, You've Got a Friend.[2] Collectables included this CD in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2, which contains 15 of his studio albums and two compilations and was released on November 29, 2002.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Opening – 0:14
  2. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:00
  3. Musical Bridge 1 – 0:12
  4. "Joanne" (Michael Nesmith) – 2:50
  5. "Never My Love" (Dick Addrisi, Don Addrisi) – 2:50
  6. Musical Bridge 2 – 0:13
  7. "Make It with You" (David Gates) – 3:14
  8. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" (Jorge Milchberg, Daniel Alomía Robles, Paul Simon) – 3:25
  9. Station Break – 0:20
  10. "Snowbird" (Gene MacLellan) – 2:06
  11. Musical Bridge 3 – 0:08
  12. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (John Denver) – 3:42
  13. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 2:45
  14. Musical Bridge 4 – 0:11
  15. "Spanish Harlem" (Jerry Leiber, Phil Spector) – 3:09
  16. "Hello, Young Lovers" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:48
  17. Closing – 0:51

Recording dates[1][edit]

Song information[edit]

The Carpenters recording of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" spent six weeks at number one on Billboard magazine's Easy Listening chart[8] and four weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100,[9] reached number six on the UK singles chart,[10] received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America,[11] and earned The Carpenters a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.[12] "Joanne" by Michael Nesmith & The First National Band reached number 21 pop[13] and number six Easy Listening.[14] "Never My Love" earned Gold certification for The Association,[15] who took the song to number two on the Hot 100.[16]

Bread's "Make It with You" enjoyed a week at number one on the pop chart,[17] reached number four Easy Listening[18] and number five in the UK,[19] and was awarded Gold certification.[20] Simon & Garfunkel got as high as number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"[21] and took the song to number six Easy Listening.[22] "Snowbird" by Anne Murray spent six weeks at number one Easy Listening[23] and made it to number eight pop,[24] number 10 Country,[25] and number 23 UK[26] before becoming her first Gold record.[27]

"Leaving on a Jet Plane" is another Gold record that Williams covers here.[28] Peter, Paul and Mary's recording of the song enjoyed a week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100[29] and three weeks in the top spot on the Easy Listening chart.[30] "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" comes from the 1969 film The Happy Ending, where it was sung by Michael Dees,[31] and Jaye P. Morgan took the song to number 40 Easy Listening.[32] Ben E. King peaked at number 10 on the Hot 100[33] and number 15 R&B[34] with "Spanish Harlem". And "Hello, Young Lovers" was first performed by Gertrude Lawrence in the original Broadway production of The King and I in 1951.[35][36] Perry Como had a number 27 hit with it that same year,[37] and Williams first recorded the song for his 1958 album Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Mike Post - producer (except as noted), arranger ("Joanne", "Never My Love", "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Hello Young Lovers")
  • Nick DeCaro - producer ("Spanish Harlem"), arranger ("(They Long to Be) Close to You", "Make It with You", "Spanish Harlem")
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?")
  • Pete Carpenter - arranger ("Snowbird")
  • Rafael O. Valentin - engineer
  • Earl Brown - choir director

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (2002) Album notes for The Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1970) "The Andy Williams Show" by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 30105.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1970-10-31. p. 66. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  6. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 42.
  9. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 99.
  10. ^ "The Carpenters - (They Long to Be) Close to You". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  11. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Carpenters
  12. ^ O'Neil 1999, pp. 169.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 460.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 173.
  15. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Never My Love"
  16. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 24.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 72.
  18. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 33.
  19. ^ "Bread - Make It with You". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  20. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Bread
  21. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 590.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 219.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 170.
  24. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 452.
  25. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 241.
  26. ^ "Anne Murray - Snowbird". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  27. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Snowbird"
  28. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles "Jet Plane"
  29. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 496.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 187.
  31. ^ "The Happy Ending (1969) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  32. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 168.
  33. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 350.
  34. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 325.
  35. ^ "The King and I". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  36. ^ "Production Songs - The King and I". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  37. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 99.

References[edit]

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  • 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 
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