The Very Best of Andy Williams

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The Very Best Of Andy Williams
Compilation album by Andy Williams
Released 2009
Recorded 1962-1973
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Standards
AM Pop
Early pop/rock
Soft rock
Film music
Soundtracks
Length 76:37
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Andy Williams chronology
Moon River: The Very Best Of Andy Williams
(2009)
The Very Best Of Andy Williams
(2009)
Icons
(2010)

The Very Best of Andy Williams is a compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the UK in the fall of 2009. A note from Williams inside the CD booklet explains that the album "was put together to coincide with my memoir Moon River and Me, published by Orion Press. It includes many of the songs that you made hits. I truly appreciate that, and I hope you enjoy the songs we selected for this CD."[1] This compilation includes recordings that either charted in the UK but not in the US ("Can't Take My Eyes off You", "It's So Easy", "May Each Day") or charted much higher on the UK singles chart than they did on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US ("Almost There", "Can't Help Falling in Love"). It entered the UK albums chart on October 17, 2009, and reached number 10 during its six weeks there.[2]

An 18-track compilation album released in conjunction with the book publication in the US was entitled Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams and had the same cover photo and design but had only nine of the 24 tracks on this album in common.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Moon River" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 2:46
  2. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 2:25
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[5]
  3. "Music to Watch Girls By" (Sid Ramin, Tony Velona) – 2:38
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[6]
  4. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) – 3:15
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[7]
    • Eddie Karam - conductor[7]
  5. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" (Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh) – 2:39
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[8]
  6. "Happy Heart" (James Last, Jackie Rae) – 3:15
  7. "Solitaire" (Phil Cody, Neil Sedaka) – 4:22
  8. "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Clifton Davis) – 3:33
  9. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:11
  10. "It's So Easy" (Dor Lee, Dave Watkins) – 2:29
  11. "Born Free" (John Barry, Don Black) – 2:27
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[6]
  12. "Up, Up and Away" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:36
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[8]
  13. "Home Lovin' Man" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Tony Macaulay) – 3:10
  14. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore) – 3:15
  15. "MacArthur Park" (Jimmy Webb) – 5:03
  16. "We've Only Just Begun" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 3:15
  17. "Almost There" (Jerry Keller, Gloria Shayne) – 2:59
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[17]
  18. "Abraham, Martin and John" (Dick Holler) – 3:43
  19. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 3:10
  20. "Ave Maria" with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir (Franz Schubert) – 4:55
  21. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:55
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[7]
    • Eddie Karam - conductor[7]
  22. "May Each Day" (Mort Green, George Wyle) – 2:54
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[5]
  23. "Somethin' Stupid" (C. Carson Parks) – 2:59
    • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer[7]
    • Eddie Karam - conductor[7]
  24. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle) – 2:32

Recording dates[edit]

  • January 4, 1962 - "Moon River"[3]
  • December 2, 1962 - "Can't Get Used to Losing You"[3]
  • January 16, 1963 - "May Each Day"[20]
  • September 12, 1963 - "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"[3]
  • February 28, 1964 - "Almost There"[13]
  • February 21, 1967 - "Music to Watch Girls By"[3]
  • March 2, 1967 - "Born Free"[3]
  • September 18, 1967 - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"[3]
  • July 17, 1968 - "Ave Maria"[21]
  • March 8, 1969 - "Happy Heart"[13]
  • January 14, 1970 - "Can't Help Falling in Love"[3]
  • January 14, 1970 & January 16, 1970 - "It's So Easy"[13]
  • February 24, 1970 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"[22]
  • August 29, 1970 - "Home Lovin' Man"[13]
  • December 7, 1970 - "We've Only Just Begun"[3]
  • December 17, 1970 - "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"[3]
  • January 4, 1971 - "MacArthur Park"[23]
  • April 22, 1971 - "Never Can Say Goodbye"[24]

"The Look of Love" and "Somethin' Stupid" were recorded for the 1967 album Love, Andy. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" and "Up, Up and Away" come from 1968's Honey LP. "Abraham, Martin and John" appears on 1969's Happy Heart, and "Solitaire" is the title track from his 1973 release.

Personnel[edit]

  • Artie Butler - arranger ("Home Lovin' Man", "MacArthur Park", "We've Only Just Begun")
  • Al Capps - arranger ("Abraham, Martin and John", "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Happy Heart", "It's So Easy"), arranger/conductor ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head")
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger/producer ("Born Free", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)", "The Look of Love", "Music to Watch Girls By", "Somethin' Stupid", "Up, Up and Away")
  • Ernie Freeman - arranger ("Never Can Say Goodbye")
  • Jerry Fuller - producer ("Abraham, Martin and John", "Happy Heart")
  • Dick Glasser - producer ("Can't Help Falling in Love", "Home Lovin' Man", "It's So Easy", "Love Story", "MacArthur Park", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "We've Only Just Begun")
  • Dick Hazard - arranger ("Love Story")
  • Eddie Karam - conductor ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "The Look of Love", "Somethin' Stupid")
  • Johnny Mandel - arranger ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")
  • Robert Mersey - arranger/conductor/producer ("Almost There", "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "May Each Day", "Moon River"), conductor/producer ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")
  • Richard Perry - producer ("Solitaire")
  • The St. Charles Borromeo Choir - background vocals ("Ave Maria")
  • Andy Williams - producer ("Ave Maria"); vocalist

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (2009) The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. London: Sony Music Entertainment 88697588282
  2. ^ "Andy Williams". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j (2009) Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88697 59112 2
  4. ^ (1962) Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8609.
  5. ^ a b (1963) Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8815.
  6. ^ a b (1967) Born Free by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9480.
  7. ^ a b c d e f (1967) Love, Andy by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566.
  8. ^ a b (1967) Honey by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9662.
  9. ^ a b c d (1969) Happy Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9844.
  10. ^ (1973) Solitaire by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 32383.
  11. ^ a b (1971) You've Got a Friend by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 30797.
  12. ^ a b (1970) Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9896.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h (2002) Album notes for The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Special Products A2 52310.
  14. ^ a b (1972) Alone Again (Naturally) by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 31625.
  15. ^ a b (1972) Love Theme from "The Godfather" by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 31303.
  16. ^ a b c d (1971) Love Story by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 30497.
  17. ^ (1965) Andy Williams' Dear Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9138.
  18. ^ (1968) Battle Hymn of the Republic/ Ave Maria by Andy Williams [7-inch single]. New York: Columbia Records 4-33163.
  19. ^ a b (1963) The Andy Williams Christmas Album by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8887.
  20. ^ (2002) Album notes for Warm and Willing/Newest Hits by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music SONY A 53734.
  21. ^ (2003) Album notes for B Sides and Rarities by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music SONY A 70324.
  22. ^ (2002) Album notes for Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head/Get Together with Andy Williams by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music SONY A 53557.
  23. ^ (2002) Album notes for Love Theme From 'The Godfather'/The Way We Were by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music SONY A 53590.
  24. ^ (2002) Album notes for The Andy Williams Show/You've Got a Friend by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music SONY A 53583.

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  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-169-1 
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