When Will I See You Again (Johnny Mathis album)

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When Will I See You Again
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop[1]
Length 33:42
Label Columbia
Producer John Florez[2]
Johnny Mathis chronology
The Heart of the Woman
(1974)
When Will I See You Again
(1975)
Feelings
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

When Will I See You Again is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in the spring of 1975 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated April 19, 1975, and remained there for 13 weeks, peaking at number 99.[3] It entered the UK album chart on July 26, 1975, and reached number 13 during its 10 weeks there.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Mandy" (Scott English, Richard Kerr) – 3:31
  2. "Nice to Be Around" (John Williams, Paul Williams) – 3:52
  3. "You're As Right As Rain" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) – 3:02
  4. "When Will I See You Again" (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 2:35
  5. "Only You (And You Alone)" (Buck Ram) – 2:50

Side 2

  1. Medley – 4:06
    a. "Let Me Be the One" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams)
    b. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams)
  2. "The Way We Were" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 3:49
  3. "Laughter in the Rain" (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) – 2:31
  4. "You and Me Against the World" (Kenny Ascher, Paul Williams) – 3:59
  5. "The Things I Might Have Been" (Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman) – 3:27

Song information[edit]

The most successful incarnation of "Mandy" was by Barry Manilow, who spent a week at number one with the song on the Billboard Hot 100[5] and two weeks in the top spot on the magazine's Easy Listening chart[6] in addition to reaching number 11 in the UK[7] and receiving Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[8] "Nice to Be Around" originated in the 1973 film Cinderella Liberty as "You're So Nice to Be Around"[9] and also "bubbled under" the Hot 100 to number 101 as a recording by Maureen McGovern[10] that also got as high as number 28 Easy Listening.[11] "You're As Right As Rain" first appeared on the 1972 Stylistics album Round 2.[12]

"When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees enjoyed two weeks at number one on the UK singles chart[13] and a week in that position on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[14] peaked at number two pop[15] and number four R&B,[16] and received Platinum certification from the RIAA.[17] The Platters had the biggest hit version of "Only You (And You Alone)", which spent seven weeks at number one R&B[18] and made it to number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] "Let Me Be the One" first appeared on the self-titled 1971 album by The Carpenters,[20] and the brother-and-sister duo also had the most popular recording of "I Won't Last a Day Without You", which had a week at number one on the Easy Listening chart[21] and got as high as number 11 pop[22] and number nine UK.[23]

"The Way We Were" earned songwriters Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch the Grammy Award for Song of the Year[24] and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[25] Barbra Streisand's recording of the song went Gold,[26] spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100[27] and two weeks in the Easy Listening top spot,[28] and peaked at number 31 UK.[29] Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" also spent two weeks at number one Easy Listening[30] in addition to enjoying a week in that position on the pop chart[31] and peaking at number 15 in the UK.[32] Another number one Easy Listening hit that Mathis covers here, "You and Me Against the World" by Helen Reddy,[33] also made it to number nine on the Hot 100.[34] And by the time this album was released, "The Things I Might Have Been" had been recorded as a solo by Kitty Wells,[35] Willie Nelson,[36] and Roy Clark[37] and as a duet by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge.[38]

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • John Florez – producer
  • D'Arneill Pershing - arranger, conductor
  • Grover Helsley – engineer
  • Emerson-Loew – photography
  • Ron Coro – design
  • Nancy Donald – design

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "When Will I See You Again - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b (1975) When Will I See You Again by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 33420.
  3. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  4. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 612.
  6. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 172.
  7. ^ "Barry Manilow". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Barry Manilow
  9. ^ "Cinderella Liberty (1973) - Soundtracks - IMDb". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 640.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 184.
  12. ^ (1972) Round 2 by The Stylistics [album jacket]. New York: Avco Records AV 11006-598.
  13. ^ "Three Degrees". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 276.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 977.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 578.
  17. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Three Degrees
  18. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 463.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 764.
  20. ^ (1971) Carpenters by The Carpenters [album jacket]. Hollywood: A&M Records SP 3502.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 44.
  22. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 162.
  23. ^ "Carpenters". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  24. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 222.
  25. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1113.
  26. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Barbra Streisand
  27. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 943.
  28. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 266.
  29. ^ "Barbra Streisand". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  30. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 245.
  31. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 867.
  32. ^ "Neil Sedaka". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  33. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 226.
  34. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 805.
  35. ^ (1956) Country Hit Parade by Kitty Wells [album jacket]. New York: Decca Records DL 8293.
  36. ^ (1963) Here's Willie Nelson by Willie Nelson [album jacket]. Hollywood: Liberty Records LRP 3308.
  37. ^ (1963) Roy Clark Sings The Tip of My Fingers by Roy Clark [album jacket]. Hollywood: Capitol Records ST 1972.
  38. ^ (1974) Breakaway by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge [album jacket]. Nashville: Monument Records PZ 33278.

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