Andy Williams' Dear Heart

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Andy Williams' Dear Heart
Williams-Dear-2.jpg
Studio album by Andy Williams
Released 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre
Length 31:49
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey[2]
Andy Williams chronology
The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits
(1964)The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits1964
Andy Williams' Dear Heart
(1965)
Canadian Sunset
(1965)Canadian Sunset1965
Alternative cover
UK Cover
UK Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Billboard Spotlight Pick[3]

Andy Williams' Dear Heart is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1965 by Columbia Records[3] and was the last of his Columbia releases that remained exclusively within the realm of traditional pop. After covering two Beatles hits on his next non-holiday studio album, The Shadow of Your Smile, he would try out samba music on In the Arms of Love, aim for a much younger crowd with "Music to Watch Girls By" on Born Free, and focus more on contemporary material on subsequent albums.

This album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated April 10 of that year and remained on the album chart for 65 weeks, peaking at number four.[4] The name of the album was changed to Andy Williams' Almost There for its release in the UK, where it became Williams's first album chart entry, spending 46 weeks there and peaking at number four. (Two of his previous albums, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests—which was retitled Can't Get Used to Losing You and Other Requests for its UK release—and The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits, appeared on the album chart in the UK following the success of this album.)[5]

Andy Williams' Dear Heart received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on July 30, 1965. This was Williams's sixth album to receive this award as well as the one to do so the fastest thus far in terms of the amount of time between chart debut and certification, having accomplished this feat in less than four months as compared to the previous recordholder, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests, which did so in five months.[6]

Williams's acting role in the 1964 film I'd Rather Be Rich[7] included a performance of the original song "Almost There",[8] which makes its first album appearance here. As the B-side of "On the Street Where You Live" (the single from his last album), "Almost There" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated November 14, 1964, eventually reaching number 67 during its five-week stay.[9] It performed even better on the Easy Listening (or Adult Contemporary) chart, going as high as number 12 during its four weeks there.[10] The song's biggest success was in the UK, where it spent three weeks at number two during a 17-week run on the singles chart.[5] This album's A-side, "Dear Heart", written for the 1964 Glenn Ford/Geraldine Page movie of the same name, debuted on the pop and Easy Listening charts just two weeks later and spent 11 weeks on each of them, peaking at number 24 on the Hot 100[9] and spending a week at number two Easy Listening.[10]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on March 23, 1999, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from May 1966, The Shadow of Your Smile.[11] The CD was included 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.[12]

Reception[edit]

Allmusic's William Ruhlmann liked the album: "Williams applied his usual warm, smooth vocal style to all the songs, with string-filled arrangements that emphasized the melodies."[1] He also described the LP as "a well-assembled collection of contemporary material in what had become Williams's patented style."[1]

Billboard magazine felt that Williams "performed in his inimitable rich, warm style"[3] and asserted that his "interpretations of 'I'm All Smiles' and 'Who Can I Turn To?' are outstanding."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (Roy C. Bennett, Roy Brodsky, Sid Tepper) – 2:27
  2. "It Had to Be You" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 2:41
  3. "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Don Gibson) – 2:27
  4. "Till" (Charles Danvers, Carl Sigman) – 3:05
  5. "I'm All Smiles" (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – 2:25
  6. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 2:24

Side two[edit]

  1. "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" (James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, Larry Stock) – 2:37
  2. "Emily" from The Americanization of Emily (Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer) – 2:22
  3. "Almost There" from I'd Rather Be Rich (Jerry Keller, Gloria Shayne) – 2:59
  4. "My Carousel" (Kenny Rankin, Yvonne Rankin) – 2:28
  5. "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Sam Coslow, Ken Lane, Irving Taylor) – 3:05
  6. "Dear Heart" from Dear Heart (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 2:55

Personnel[2][edit]

  • Andy Williams – vocals
  • Robert Mersey – arranger, conductor, producer
  • Don Heckman – liner notes
  • Frank Bez – cover photo

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dear Heart". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b (1965) Andy Williams' Dear Heart by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9138.
  3. ^ a b c d "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1965-04-03. p. 64. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  5. ^ a b "Andy Williams". Chart Stats. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  Type Andy Williams in the Search box and press Enter.
  7. ^ "Soundtracks for I'd Rather Be Rich". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "I'd Rather Be Rich". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Whitburn 1999, p. 702.
  10. ^ a b Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  11. ^ "Dear Heart/The Shadow of Your Smile". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1993), Joel Whitburn's Top Adult Contemporary, 1961-1993, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-099-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1999), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-140-3 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7