Love, Andy

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Love, Andy
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Studio album by Andy Williams
Released October 16, 1967[1]
Recorded 1967
Genre AM pop
Traditional pop
Pop/Rock[2]
Length 32:54
Label Columbia
Producer Nick DeCaro[3]
Andy Williams chronology
Born Free
(1967)
Love, Andy
(1967)
Honey
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Love, Andy is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on October 16, 1967,[1] by Columbia Records to coincide with the NBC special of the same name, which aired on November 6.[5] The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated November 18 and remained there for 36 weeks, peaking at number eight.[6] It entered the UK album chart in May 1968 and spent one week at number one over the course of 22 weeks,[7] and the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album Gold certification on May 14 of that year.[8]

In the US, the single released from the album, "Holly", first appeared on the Easy Listening chart in the issue of Billboard dated October 28, 1967, and peaked at number four during a 16-week stay.[9] The song also began to "bubble under" the Hot 100 in the issue dated November 18, 1967, and eventually reached number 113. [10] In the UK the song chosen as the single for release was a cover of Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes off You", and it entered the singles chart there for the week of March 16, 1968, stayed around for 18 weeks, and got as high as number five.[7] Williams revisited the song in 2002 as a duet with Denise Van Outen that reached number 23 in the UK.[7]

The album was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 1995, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from the spring of 1963, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests (under its UK title, Can't Get Used to Losing You and Other Requests).[11] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on March 23, 1999, paired this time with Williams's Columbia album from the spring of 1967, Born Free.[12] This 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.[13]

Reception[edit]

Allmusic's William Ruhlmann described the current stage of the Williams oeuvre: "The singer had edged more toward contemporary sounds on his previous release, the previous spring's Born Free, bringing in a rock rhythm section and sticking to current material. Love, Andy edged back a bit, focusing more on string arrangements."[2] He found this combination of songs to be "a balanced collection, not unlike a variety show on record made by an artist mindful of trying to appeal to the widest audience possible."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" (C. Carson Parks) – 2:59
  2. "Watch What Happens" (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand) – 2:27
  3. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:55
  4. "What Now, My Love?" (Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman) – 2:05
  5. "Can't Take My Eyes off You" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) – 3:15
  6. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (Paul Campbell, Joel Newman) – 2:52

Side two[edit]

  1. "Holly" (Craig Vincent Smith) – 2:25
  2. "When I Look in Your Eyes" (Leslie Bricusse) – 3:22
  3. "The More I See You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 2:25
  4. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 2:53
  5. "God Only Knows" (Tony Asher, Brian Wilson) – 2:52

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[7] 1968 1
Preceded by
John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
UK Albums Chart number-one album
15 June 1968 - 22 June 1968
Succeeded by
The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Andy Williams - vocals
  • Nick DeCaro - arranger, producer
  • Eddie Karam - conductor
  • Lincoln Mayorga - piano ("God Only Knows")
  • Rafael O. Valentin - recording engineer
  • Frank Laico - recording engineer
  • Peter Whorf - photographer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (2009) Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams by Andy Williams [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88697 59112 2
  2. ^ a b c d "Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b (1967) Love, Andy by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1967-11-04. p. 88. 
  5. ^ "A Billboard Spotlight: Andy Williams". Billboard. 1967-11-11. p. AW64. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 844.
  7. ^ a b c d "Andy Williams". Official Charts. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  8. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Andy Williams
  9. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  10. ^ Whitburn 1993, p. 256.
  11. ^ "Can't Get Used to Losing You/Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Born Free/Love, Andy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Classic Album Collection, Vol. 1 - Andy Williams". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0-399-52477-0 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1993), Joel Whitburn's Top Adult Contemporary, 1961-1993, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-099-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7