Warm and Willing

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Warm and Willing
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1962
Recorded 1962
Genre Traditional pop,
Vocal pop,
Early pop/rock[1]
Length 40:24
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[2]
Andy Williams chronology
Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
Warm and Willing
Million Seller Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Warm and Willing is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in 1962 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated October 20 of that year and remained on the album chart for 44 weeks, peaking at number 16.[3]

The single from the album, "Stranger on the Shore," made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart four months prior, reaching number 38 during its seven-week stay.[4] It performed even better on the magazine's Easy Listening chart, peaking at number 9.[5]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time by Sony Music Distribution on December 28, 1999, as tracks 1 through 12 on a pairing of two albums on one CD with tracks 13 through 24 consisting of Williams's Columbia album from May 1966, The Shadow of Your Smile.[6] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on February 5, 2002, the other album being a 1966 compilation from Columbia entitled Andy Williams' Newest Hits.[7] 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.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:40
  2. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:34
  3. "The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble) – 3:09
  4. "I See Your Face Before Me" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:34
  5. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 3:36
  6. "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:38
  7. "My One and Only Love" (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood) – 3:49
  8. "Stranger on the Shore" (Acker Bilk) – 2:50
  9. "Warm All Over" (Frank Loesser) – 3:16
  10. "More Than You Know" (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) – 3:26
  11. "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:43
  12. "Warm and Willing" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:52

Song information[edit]

"How Long Has This Been Going On?" was originally written as a male-female duet for what would later become the 1927 musical Funny Face but was instead used in the 1928 musical Rosalie.[9] "More Than You Know" originated in the 1929 musical Great Day and had its first and highest chart performance as a recording by Ruth Etting, who made it to number nine in 1930.[10] "Embraceable You" was originally performed in the 1930 Broadway musical Girl Crazy[11] and was first charted by Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, who took the song to number two in 1931.[12]

Three artists put the song "The Touch of Your Lips" on the charts in 1936: the song's composer, Ray Noble, and His Orchestra reached number 12,[13] Bing Crosby went to number four,[14] and Hal Kemp & His Orchestra took the song to number three.[15] The 1936 Fred Astaire film Swing Time featured the star's performance of "The Way You Look Tonight", which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song[16] after his recording of it spent six weeks at number one.[17] "I See Your Face Before Me" first appeared in the 1937 Broadway musical Between the Devil[18] and had two recordings make the charts shortly after the show's debut: Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians reached number 12,[19] and Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra made it to number 13.[20] "Love Is Here to Stay" was written for the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies and also had two chart entries after its release: Larry Clinton & His Orchestra peaked at number 15,[21] and Red Norvo & His Orchestra got to number 16.[22]

"My One and Only Love" was a number 28 hit in 1953 for Frank Sinatra.[23] "Warm All Over" comes from the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella.[24] "Warm and Willing" was written for the 1959 film A Private's Affair.[25] "If Ever I Would Leave You" is from the 1960 musical Camelot.[26] And "Stranger on the Shore" first became known in the instrumental version by its composer, clarinetist Acker Bilk, that spent a week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100[27] and seven weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart in 1962.[28]


  1. ^ a b "Warm and Willing". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  2. ^ (1966) Warm and Willing by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8679.
  3. ^ Whitburn 1985, p. 405.
  4. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  5. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  6. ^ "Warm and Willing/The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Warm and Willing/Newest Hits". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "“HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?” (1927)". wicn.org. WICN Public Radio, Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Girl Crazy". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 336.
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 337.
  14. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 105.
  15. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 253.
  16. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1005.
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 37.
  18. ^ "Between the Devil". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 278.
  20. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 278.
  21. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 84.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 338.
  23. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 37.
  24. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  25. ^ "Warm and Willing". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "Production Songs". ibdb.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  27. ^ Whitburn 1999, p. 52.
  28. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 29.


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