The Hollywood Musicals

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The Hollywood Musicals
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
and Henry Mancini
Released 1986
Recorded 1986 at
Conway Studios,
Hollywood, California,
Ocean Way Recording,
Hollywood, California [1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 42:10
Label Columbia
Producer Denny Diante[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis
(1986)
The Hollywood Musicals
(1986)
Once in a While
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Hollywood Musicals is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis and American composer/conductor Henry Mancini that was released in October 1986 by Columbia Records.[3] It peaked at number 46 during an eight-week run on the UK album chart that began on December 13 of that year[4] and received Silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 60,000 units in the UK.[5] It also spent two weeks on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Albums chart in January 1987 and made it to number 157.[6]

History[edit]

In 1983 a renewed interest in pop songs dating back to the era before rock and roll became apparent when the album What's New by Linda Ronstadt received Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America just three months after its release.[7] The recording focused exclusively on standards from the Great American Songbook and was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.[8] The Broadway Album, a 1985 release of show tunes by Barbra Streisand, provided more evidence that there was an audience for what would be eventually referred to as traditional pop albums when it attained double Platinum certification only two months after its release[9] and spent three weeks as the number one album in the US.[10]

As The Broadway Album did for Streisand, The Hollywood Musicals brought Mathis back into familiar territory. He had spent the first 10 years of his recording career sticking with easy listening fare, but his 1966 LP The Shadow of Your Smile included covers of two songs by The Beatles ("Michelle" and "Yesterday")[11] and became his first album to reach the top 10 since 1960's The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway and the first to receive Gold certification since 1959's Faithfully.[6] Contemporary music became a Mathis album mainstay from that point on, but many of his releases from the 1970s made room for one or two classics such as "Since I Fell for You",[12] "Stardust",[13] "All the Things You Are",[14] and "That Old Black Magic".[15] By the mid-80s, however, his studio albums were focused more on original material, so much so that his 1985 effort, Right from the Heart, left out not only anything reminiscent of those early pop hits but also any covers of recent radio favorites as well. Whereas that album failed to chart in either the US or the UK, his 1983 UK concert album Unforgettable – A Musical Tribute to Nat King Cole was his best-selling disc, in terms of British Phonographic Industry standards, since That's What Friends Are For, his 1978 pairing with Deniece Williams.[5] Even though this success was on a much smaller scale than was available from the US buying public, the sales phenomena that was also enjoyed by both Ronstadt and Streisand in the US only underscored the interest in material that was in such sharp contrast to his recent output.

Track listing[1][edit]

  1. "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941) (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn) – 3:30
  2. "Taking a Chance on Love" from Cabin in the Sky (1943) (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John La Touche) – 3:00
  3. "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio (1940) (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) – 3:40
  4. "True Love" from High Society (1956) (Cole Porter) – 3:06
  5. "Whistling Away the Dark" from Darling Lili (1970) (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 3:19
  6. "Time After Time" from It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 3:27
  7. "It Might as Well Be Spring" from State Fair (1945) (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 4:34
  8. "I Had the Craziest Dream" from Springtime in the Rockies (1942) (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 3:05
  9. "Long Ago (and Far Away)" from Cover Girl (1944) (Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern) – 4:00
  10. "Crazy World" from Victor Victoria (1982) (Leslie Bricusse, Henry Mancini) – 3:00
  11. Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen Medley – 7:05
    a. "Moonlight Becomes You" from Road to Morocco (1942)
    b. "It Could Happen to You" from And the Angels Sing (1944)
    c. "But Beautiful" from Road to Rio (1947)

The 1993 box set The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection includes his recording of a song from the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros, "Baía (Na Baixa do Sapateiro)", which had been recorded for this album but not included in the final track selection.[3]

Personnel[1][edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (1986) The Hollywood Musicals by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records FC 40372.
  2. ^ a b "Hollywood Musicals - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  7. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Linda Ronstadt
  8. ^ (1983) What's New by Linda Ronstadt [album jacket]. Los Angeles: Asylum Records 60260.
  9. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Barbra Streisand
  10. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 751.
  11. ^ (1966) The Shadow of Your Smile by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. Chicago: Mercury Records SR 61073.
  12. ^ (1972) The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 31342.
  13. ^ (1975) Feelings by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 33887.
  14. ^ (1977) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 34872.
  15. ^ (1979) Mathis Magic by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 36216.

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898200830 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1994), Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits, 1940-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201063 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7 
  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0345400534