Easily the most solid and long-lasting vocalist of his era, Andy Williams' laid-back delivery and expansive voice charmed audiences for decades, from his first appearance with a brother quartet into his eighth decade of performance as the head of his own dinner theater in Branson, Missouri. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams sang in his church choir and later formed a quartet with his three brothers.
Following the first Andy Williams greatest-hits album on Columbia by only three years (available in a three-for-one with Vol. 2 and Love Story), Vol. 2 focused primarily on Williams singles of the early 1970s, among them the easy listening chart Top Tens "Home Lovin' Man," "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story," and "Love Theme from 'The Godfather' (Speak Softly Love)." There were also a couple of big easy listening hits from the '60s that had been left off the first volume, "Music to Watch Girls By" and "In The Arms of Love," as well as re-recordings of two of the singer's 1950s hits, "The Village of St. Bernadette" and "Lonely Street." The result was hardly adequate as a survey of Williams's best early '70s work, but it was a typical compilation of its time.
Andy Williams is the American singer whose voice was described by Ronald Reagan as "a national treasure". His gold and platinum albums testify to his enduring appeal among a public who love a bit of crooning.His career began as one of a quartet, The Williams Brothers, and they were successful enough to appear with Bing Crosby on the single "Swinging on a Star". By 1952 his brothers left the act and Williams was solo. His early releases failed to perform well but he finally hit the top spot of the charts with "Butterfly". This unleashed a series of chart successes for him.
Japanese original release. Box set includes seven original albums "Andy Williams' Dear Heart," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Born Free," "Love, Andy," "Honey," "Happy Heart," and "Love Theme from The Godfather" plus a bonus disc "Andy Williams Live In Japan," featuring live recordings from the concerts held at Osaka Festival Hall on May 15 & 16, 1973. This bonus CD becomes available as CD for the first time in the world. Features remastering and cardboard sleeve faithfully replicating its US LP jacket design. Comes with lyrics and a description.
Japanese original release. First box set of Andy Williams includes seven original albums "Canadian Sunset," "To You Sweetheart, Aloha," "Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes," "Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests," "The Wonderful World of Andy Williams," "The Academy Award-Winning Call Me Irresponsible and Other Hit Songs from the Movies," and "The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits" plus a bonus disc with Japanese version(s) of songs, rare tracks, and more. Features remastering and cardboard sleeve faithfully replicating its US LP jacket design. Comes with lyrics and a description.
"Christmas Present" is a Christmas album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in late 1974 by Columbia Records. A brief blurb in Billboard magazine's Inside Track column in that year's November 23 issue revealed the album's television tie-in: "'Christmas Present' is title of Andy Williams' 11th Yule show, airing on NBC-TV Dec. 11".
"Merry Christmas" is a Christmas album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released by Columbia Records in 1965. This, his second holiday LP, is focused exclusively on 20th century compositions, unlike 1963's The Andy Williams Christmas Album, which, of its 12 tracks, had six with origins predating the turn of the century. For the six consecutive holiday seasons from 1965 through 1970, Merry Christmas charted on Billboard magazine's special year-end weekly Christmas Albums sales chart. The album spent two weeks as the number one selling Christmas album during the holiday season of 1966 and one week atop that same chart in 1969.
Three prior Mountain collections, 1973's THE BEST OF, 1974's ON TOP, and 1995's box set OVER THE TOP, left few stones unturned in their overviews of these short-lived yet successful power rockers. If you're looking for a succinct collection of their best-known tracks, then 1998's budget priced SUPER HITS is recommended. Containing 10 tracks, SUPER HITS features such classic rock radio standards as "Mississippi Queen," "Never in My Life," "Theme for an Imaginary Western," and "Flowers of Evil." Although THE BEST OF may have a longer track listing, SUPER HITS contains several tracks not included on the former, which rank among some of the band's best–"Flowers of Evil," "Blood of the Sun," "You Better Believe It," and "The Great Train Robbery".