The Shadow of Your Smile (Andy Williams album)

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The Shadow of Your Smile (Andy Williams album)
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1966
Recorded 1966
Genre AM pop,
Traditional pop,
Standards[1]
Length 34:18
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[2]
Andy Williams chronology
May Each Day
(1966)
The Shadow of Your Smile
(1966)
In the Arms of Love
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Billboard 5/5 stars[3]

The Shadow of Your Smile is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in April 1966 by Columbia Records.[1] It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated May 14 of that year and remained on the album chart for 54 weeks, peaking at number six.[4] It entered the UK charts in July and spent four weeks there, reaching number 27.[5] The album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on September 27, 1966.[6]

The A-side from this album, "Bye Bye Blues", "bubbled under" Billboard's Hot 100, reaching number 127, and got to number 18 on the magazine's Easy Listening (or Adult Contemporary) chart.[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 release from the spring of 1965, Andy Williams' Dear Heart.[8] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution on December 28, 1999, paired this time with Williams's Columbia album from the fall of 1962, Warm and Willing.[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. "The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from The Sandpiper)" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:04
  2. "That Old Feeling" (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) – 2:51
  3. "Meditation" with Antonio Carlos Jobim (Norman Gimbel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) – 3:06
  4. "Try to Remember" (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt) – 2:55
  5. "Michelle" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:25
  6. "Somewhere" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 3:00
  7. "The Summer of Our Love" (Marty Paich, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:38
  8. "Peg O' My Heart" (Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher) – 2:24
  9. "How Insensitive " with Antonio Carlos Jobim (Vinícius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Antonio Carlos Jobim) – 2:40
  10. "Yesterday" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:50
  11. "Bye Bye Blues" (David Bennett; Chauncey Gray, Frederick Hamm, Bert Lown) – 2:43
  12. "A Taste of Honey" (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott) – 2:47

Grammy nominations[edit]

This album brought the sixth and final Grammy nomination 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 Frank Sinatra for the single "Strangers in the Night", a song that Williams went on to record for his 1967 album Born Free.[11]

Song information[edit]

"Peg O' My Heart" was a number one hit in 1913 for Charles Harrison[12] and in 1947 for both The Harmonicats[13] and The Three Suns.[14] "Bye Bye Blues" was a number five hit for Bert Lown & His Orchestra featuring the Biltmore Rhythm Boys on vocal in 1930[15] and for Les Paul & Mary Ford in 1953.[16] Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra recorded the most successful version of "That Old Feeling", spending four weeks at number one in 1937.[17] "Somewhere", which originated in the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story,[18] first became a chart hit in 1965, when P.J. Proby took the song to number six in the UK[19] and number 91 on the Hot 100.[20]

"Try to Remember" comes from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks[21] but had its biggest chart success in 1965 as an Easy Listening hit for both Ed Ames, who reached number 17 with it,[22] and The Brothers Four, who got as high as number 10.[23] "A Taste of Honey" was most successful as an instrumental recording by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass that, in addition to winning Grammys for Record of the Year , Best Instrumental Arrangement, and Best Instrumental Performance,[24] spent five weeks at number one Easy Listening[25] and reached number seven pop.[26] The highest charting version of "Meditation" was also an instrumental recording, this one being a number 66 pop hit in 1963 by jazz and classical guitar virtuoso Charlie Byrd backed by the Walter Raim Strings.[27]

"The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from The Sandpiper)" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song[28] and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year,[29] and Tony Bennett took the song to number 95 on the Hot 100[30] and number eight on the Easy Listening chart in 1965.[31] The Beatles song "Yesterday" spent four weeks at number one on the Hot 100 that same year and received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[32] And although "Michelle" was not released by The Beatles as a single in either the US or the UK,[33] it did win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in March 1967.[11]

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Robert Mersey - arranger/conductor ("That Old Feeling", "Meditation", "Peg O' My Heart", "How Insensitive", "Bye Bye Blues"), producer
  • Jack Elliott - arranger ("Yesterday"), conductor ("The Shadow of Your Smile", "Try to Remember", "Michelle", "Somewhere", "The Summer of Our Love", "Yesterday", "A Taste of Honey")
  • Bob Florence - arranger ("Try to Remember", "Michelle", "A Taste of Honey")
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("The Shadow of Your Smile")
  • Johnny Mandel - arranger ("Somewhere")
  • Marty Paich - arranger ("The Summer of Our Love")

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b (1966) The Shadow of Your Smile by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9299.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1966-05-07. p. 72. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  5. ^ "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  6. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  7. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  8. ^ "Dear Heart/The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Warm and Willing/The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b O'Neil 1999, p. 117.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 198.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 196.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 420.
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 283.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 349.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 157.
  18. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "Chart Stats - P.J. Proby - Somewhere". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  20. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 517.
  21. ^ "The Fantasticks -- Music". thefantasticks.com. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 16.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 35.
  24. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 107.
  25. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 14.
  26. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 12.
  27. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 88.
  28. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1090.
  29. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 104.
  30. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 47.
  31. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 27.
  32. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 41.
  33. ^ "Michelle". rateyourmusic.com/. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

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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  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-40053-4