The Village of St. Bernadette

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The Village of St. Bernadette
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1960[1]
Recorded November 19, 1959,[2]
January 1960[3]
Genre Vocal pop
Inspirational
Traditional pop
Gospel
Hymns
Contemporary Gospel[3]
Length 37:16
Label Cadence Records
Andy Williams chronology
Lonely Street
(1959)
The Village of St. Bernadette
(1960)
Under Paris Skies
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
The Billboard 5/5 stars[1]

The Village of St. Bernadette is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in early 1960 by Cadence Records.[1] This, his sixth LP for the label, was described by Billboard magazine as "a lovely set of pop inspirational, hymns, and religious themes".[1]

The title song from the album entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated December 14, 1959, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks, peaking at number seven.[4]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on September 12, 2000, the other album being Williams's late 1959 Cadence release entitled Lonely Street.[5] Collectables included this CD 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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Village of St. Bernadette" (Eula Parker) – 3:22
  2. "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" (traditional) – 3:07
  3. "Suddenly There's a Valley" (Biff Jones, Charles Meyer) – 2:52
  4. "Count Your Blessings" (Irving Berlin) – 3:17
  5. "He" (Richard Mullan, Jack Richards) – 2:59
  6. "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:27
  7. "Our Lady of Fatima" (Gladys Gollahon) – 3:23
  8. "The Three Bells" (Bert Reisfeld, Jean Villard) – 3:49
  9. "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 3:09
  10. "Sweet Morning" (Kay Thompson) – 2:45
  11. "I Believe" (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman) – 2:43
  12. "Look for the Silver Lining" (Buddy DeSylva, Jerome Kern) – 3:29

Song information[edit]

"Look for the Silver Lining" was first popularized in the 1920 Broadway musical Sally[7] and had three versions make the charts in 1921: a duet Charles Harrison and Elsie Baker (who was credited as Edna Brown),[8] another duet by Lewis James and Elizabeth Spencer,[9] and a solo recording by Marion Harris.[10] "You'll Never Walk Alone" was first included on the original cast recording of the 1945 Broadway musical Carousel,[11] and that September Frank Sinatra spent one week with the song on the charts in Billboard magazine.[12] In 1950, the three recordings of "Our Lady of Fatima" that made the charts were by Red Foley,[13] Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen,[14] and Phil Spitalny & His Hour of Charm Choir.[15]

The French vocal group Les Compagnons de la chanson entered Billboard's Best Seller chart in 1952 with "The Three Bells",[16] and The Browns put the song on the charts in 1959.[17] Jane Froman[18] and Frankie Laine[19] both made appearances on the Billboard charts with "I Believe" in 1953. "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) originated in the 1954 film White Christmas, where it is performed as a duet by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney,[20] and Eddie Fisher had a hit with the song that year as well.[21] The three recordings of "Suddenly There's a Valley" that made it into the top 20 positions on the Billboard charts in 1955 were by Gogi Grant,[22] Julius LaRosa,[23] and Jo Stafford,[24] and Petula Clark took the song to number seven in the UK that same year.[25] Al Hibbler[26] and The McGuire Sisters[27] both made the magazine's Top 10 with recordings of the song "He" in 1955 as well.

Laurie London made it to number 12 on the UK singles chart with "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in 1957[28] and also made the top 10 on several of the Billboard charts in 1958.[29] "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" originated in the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music[30] and was covered that same year by Tony Bennett, who took the song to number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.[31] And Anne Shelton spent a week with "The Village of St. Bernadette" on the UK singles chart at number 27 in November 1959.[32]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Reviews and Ratings of New Albums". The Billboard. 1960-03-14. p. 27. 
  2. ^ a b "The Cadence Era: "Canadian Sunset" brightens Andy's disk career". Billboard. 1967-11-11. p. AW-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Village of St. Bernadette - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1059.
  5. ^ "Lonely Street/The Village of St. Bernadette - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Studwell 1994, p. 124.
  8. ^ Laird 1996, p. 13.
  9. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 229.
  10. ^ Marcic 2002, p. 20.
  11. ^ Tyler 2008, p. 128.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1994, p. 151.
  13. ^ Kingsbury 1998, p. 278.
  14. ^ Lonergan 2005, p. 169.
  15. ^ Ennis 1992, p. 207.
  16. ^ Whitburn 1994, p. 107.
  17. ^ Bronson 2003, p. 57.
  18. ^ Warner 2006, p. 372.
  19. ^ Simpson 2004, p. 327.
  20. ^ "White Christmas (1954) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  21. ^ Jasen 2003, p. 32.
  22. ^ Thompson 2010, p. 31.
  23. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 555.
  24. ^ Plasketes 2010, p. 68.
  25. ^ "Petula Clark - Suddenly There's a Valley". Chart Stats. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  26. ^ Cusic 2010, p. 343.
  27. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 642.
  28. ^ "Laurie London - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands". Chart Stats. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  29. ^ Collins 2003, p. 83.
  30. ^ "The Sound of Music". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  31. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 86.
  32. ^ "Anne Shelton - The Village of St. Bernadette". Chart Stats. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 

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