Song Sung Blue (album)

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Song Sung Blue
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Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre
Length 37:37
Label Columbia
Producer Jerry Fuller[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits
(1972)Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits1972
Song Sung Blue
(1972)
Me and Mrs. Jones
(1973)Me and Mrs. Jones1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Billboard positive[2]

Song Sung Blue is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in the fall of 1972 by Columbia Records and featured his renditions of mostly recent chart hits.

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated October 21, 1972, and remained there for 18 weeks, peaking at number 83.[3] In the UK it was retitled Make It Easy on Yourself and reached number 49 on the album chart.[4]

The song "Make It Easy on Yourself" was the first single from the album and "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100 to number 103[5] while making it as high as number 16 on the magazine's Easy Listening chart.[6] The song on the flip side, "Sometimes", was written by Henry Mancini and his daughter Felice[7] but was not included on the LP.

Reception[edit]

In their capsule review, Billboard enthusiastically announced that "this one is by far one of his best!"[2] They also singled out certain tracks. "Along with 'Song Sung Blue' and 'Play Me', Mathis is in great voice on 'Run to Me', 'Where Is the Love', 'How Can I Be Sure', and 'Alone Again (Naturally)', and he's truly at home with 'Too Young'."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Play Me" (Neil Diamond) – 3:49
  2. "Alone Again (Naturally)" (Gilbert O'Sullivan) – 4:20
  3. "Where Is the Love" (Ralph MacDonald, William Salter) – 2:32
  4. "Goodbye to Love" (John Bettis, Richard Carpenter) – 3:12
  5. "Too Young" (Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippman) – 3:16

Side two[edit]

  1. "Make It Easy on Yourself" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:29
  2. "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers) – 3:51
  3. "How Can I Be Sure" (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) – 3:42
  4. "Run to Me" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 2:58
  5. "Song Sung Blue" (Neil Diamond) – 3:12
  6. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott) – 3:16

Song information[edit]

Neil Diamond's "Play Me" reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100[8] and spent two weeks at number three on the magazine's Easy Listening chart.[9] "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan enjoyed six weeks at number one on both of those charts,[10][11] got as high as number three in the UK,[12] and earned Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[13] "Where Is the Love" had its biggest success as a duet by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway that spent a week in the top spot on the magazine's Easy Listening[14] and R&B[15] charts, reached number five pop[16] and number 29 UK,[17] earned Gold certification from the RIAA,[18] and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.[19]

"Goodbye to Love" was a number seven pop hit for The Carpenters[20] that also reached number two Easy Listening[21] and number nine in the UK.[22] "Too Young" had the most success as a recording by Nat King Cole that spent five weeks at number one in Billboard magazine in 1951.[23] "Make It Easy on Yourself" had its first chart success as a 1962 hit for Jerry Butler that reached number 20 pop[24] and number 18 R&B.[25] Another Gold record, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers[26] had its best showing on the pop chart with three weeks at number one[27] compared to just one week at the top of the R&B chart[28] and peak positions at number four Easy Listening[29] and number 18 UK.[30]

The first chart appearance of "How Can I Be Sure" was by The Young Rascals, who took the song to number four on the Billboard Hot 100.[31] "Run to Me" by The Bee Gees made it to number 16 on that same chart[32] as well as number six Easy Listening.[33] Diamond's Gold record "Song Sung Blue"[34] was number one for seven weeks Easy Listening[9] and one week on the pop chart[8] in addition to reaching number 14 in the UK.[35] He also had the best Easy Listening showing of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", which he took to number four,[9] but his peak position with the song at number 20 on the Hot 100[8] fell short of the number seven spot that The Hollies attained with their original recording of the song[36] that was released in 1969 and had also been to number three in the UK by the time that Mathis released this album.[37]

Personnel[1][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (1972) Song Sung Blue by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 31626.
  2. ^ a b c "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1972-10-07. p. 58. 
  3. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
  4. ^ "Johnny Mathis". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 628.
  6. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  7. ^ (1972) "Make It Easy on Yourself/Sometimes" by Johnny Mathis [7-inch single]. New York: Columbia Records 4-45635.
  8. ^ a b c Whitburn 2009, p. 274.
  9. ^ a b c Whitburn 2007, p. 79.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 733.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 210.
  12. ^ "Gilbert O’Sullivan". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  13. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  14. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 98.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 206.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 350.
  17. ^ "Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  Type Roberta Flack in the Search box and press Enter.
  19. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 196.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 162.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 44.
  22. ^ "Carpenters". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  23. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 88.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 146.
  25. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 94.
  26. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  Type Bill Withers in the Search box and press Enter.
  27. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1072.
  28. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 633.
  29. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 300.
  30. ^ "Bill Withers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 799.
  32. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 80.
  33. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 22.
  34. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  Type Neil DIamond in the Search box and press Enter.
  35. ^ "Neil Diamond". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  36. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 447.
  37. ^ "Hollies". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 

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