Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Adventures In Vinyl: Andy Williams - Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love To Sing

There's an eternal coolness to Andy Williams' delivery of a song and as this album from 1962 proves he always had it.

Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love To Sing was Williams' first album for Columbia records (CBS) following his departure from Cadence Records. It would be the beginning of a very successful partnership with the label, although this album would only reach No.19 in the US charts and didn't chart at all on release in the UK (which makes my vinyl find for 20p in Tenby charity shop last summer quite an achievement!)

Recorded in the latter months of 1961, this album focuses predominantly on ballads both traditional and modern (for the time). Williams'rendition of Danny Boy sits beautifully alongside songs such as The Twelfth Of Never and Secret Love which would become popular standards in their own right during the 1960s spawning hit records for the likes of Cliff Richard and Kathy Kirby respectively.

Robert Mersey who worked with Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Jones and Bobby Darin does a sterling job of producing and arranging setting the tone and pace for many Andy Williams recordings to follow in the ensuing decade.

Tracks like Come To Me, Bend To Me and Summertime hold the real Williams magic, indeed this whole album is a delightful treasure trove of Andy Williams coolness.

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