The Wonderful World of Andy Williams

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The Wonderful World of Andy Williams
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1964
Recorded January 13, 1963
November 1, 1963
November 7, 1963
November 27, 1963
December 3, 1963[1]
Genre Traditional pop music
Vocal pop
Early pop/rock[2]
Length 33:31
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[3]
Andy Williams chronology
Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests
The Wonderful World of Andy Williams
The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Wonderful World of Andy Williams is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released by Columbia Records to coincide with the December 31, 1963, broadcast of The Andy Williams Show.[4] Various tracks were recorded with members of his family, including The Williams Brothers, who joined him for a remake of his first top 10 hit, "Canadian Sunset", from 1956.[5]

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated January 25 of that year and remained there for 24 weeks, peaking at number nine.[6] It received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on August 17, 1964.[7]

The single from the album, "A Fool Never Learns," made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 11, 1964, eventually reaching number 13 during its 10-week stay.[5] It performed even better on the Easy Listening chart, peaking at number four.[8]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on January 22, 2002, the other album being Williams's Columbia album from February 1962, Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing.[9] 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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Canadian Sunset" performed with The Williams Brothers (Norman Gimbel, Eddie Heywood) – 2:32
  2. "Sing a Rainbow" performed with The Williams Family Children (Arthur Hamilton) – 2:40
  3. "Dream" performed with The Williams Brothers (Johnny Mercer) – 2:40
  4. "This Is All I Ask" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:19
  5. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:20
  6. "First Born" performed with The Entire Williams Family (John Lehman, Jerry Reed) – 2:41
  7. "A Fool Never Learns" (Sonny Curtis) – 2:01
  8. "Noelle" (Paul Kenny, Edward Pola, George Wyle) – 2:48
  9. "Pennies from Heaven" performed with The Williams Brothers (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston) – 3:32
  10. "September Song" (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 3:00
  11. "Let It Be Me" performed with Claudine Longet (Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë) – 2:51
  12. "Softly, As I Leave You" (Giorgio Calabrese, Antonio De Vita, Hal Shaper) – 3:13

Recording dates[1][edit]

Song information[edit]

Bing Crosby's recording of "Pennies from Heaven", the title song from the 1936 film in which he starred, had the most impressive performance of the many versions that charted over the course of 1936 and 1937[11] when it spent 10 weeks at number one.[12] "September Song" was introduced in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday by Walter Huston,[13] whose recording went to number 12 the following year.[14] The Pied Pipers had the highest charting version of "Dream" when the song spent a week at number one in 1945.[15] "Sing a Rainbow" was performed in the 1955 film Pete Kelly's Blues by Peggy Lee,[16] and "First Born" went to number 46 for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1956.[17]

"This Is All I Ask" appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 twice in 1963: Burl Ives reached number 67,[18] and Tony Bennett went to number 70.[19] Jack Jones's 1963 recording of "Wives and Lovers" won him a Grammy Award for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male[20] and also made it to number 14 on the pop chart[21] and number nine Easy Listening.[22] "Let It Be Me" was first recorded by Jill Corey, who reached number 57 in 1957,[23] but the song reached even greater success when it was recorded by The Everly Brothers, who took it to number seven in 1960.[24] "Softly, As I Leave You" was a number 10 hit in the UK for Matt Monro in 1962.[25]



  1. ^ a b (2002) Album notes for Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/The Wonderful World of Andy Williams by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  2. ^ a b "The Wonderful World of Andy Williams". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1966) The Wonderful World of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8971.
  4. ^ "On TV! In Store! The Wonderful World of Andy Williams". Billboard. 1963-12-28. p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 1059.
  6. ^ Whitburn 1985, p. 405.
  7. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  8. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  9. ^ "Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/The Wonderful World of Andy Williams". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 567.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 105.
  13. ^ "Knickerbocker Holiday". The Broadway League. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 221.
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 354.
  16. ^ "Pete Kelly's Blues". Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  17. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 358.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 474.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 86.
  20. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 77.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 511.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 124
  23. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 224.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 328.
  25. ^ "Matt Monro". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 


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