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B Sides and Rarities (Andy Williams album)

B Sides and Rarities
Compilation album by Andy Williams
Released May 27, 2003[1]
Recorded 1947, 1962–1973[2]
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop
Early pop/rock
AM pop
Easy pop
Soft rock[1]
Length 78:45
Label Collectables Records
Andy Williams chronology

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B Sides and Rarities is a compilation album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released by Collectables Records on May 27, 2003.[1] Although the collection starts out with two 1947 recordings by Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers, the rest of the material comes from his time at Columbia Records and includes covers of contemporary hits ("Cherish", "If You Could Read My Mind", "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother") as well as lesser-known material from the songwriters of "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Home Lovin' Man", and "Moon River".

One of the rarities included here actually did reach the charts of Billboard magazine. Released as the B-side of the number 13 hit "Hopeless", Williams's recording of "The Peking Theme (So Little Time)" was included in the 1963 film 55 Days at Peking[3] and reached number 115 during the three weeks that it "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100 in June of that year.[4] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in early 1964,[5] and Williams was asked and did appear to perform at the Oscar ceremony that April but not to sing that song.[6] Instead he sang his number 100 hit from January, "Charade",[4] as well as the song included in the title of his new album that was soon to be released, The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies.[6] Harve Presnell performed "The Peking Theme" that evening,[6] but the winner was "Call Me Irresponsible".[5]

Track listing

  1. "Louisiana Purchase" by Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers (Irving Berlin) – 2:56
    • first released on 10-inch 78 on April 12, 1948[7]
  2. "Jubilee" by Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers (Kay Thompson) – 3:17
    • first released on 10-inch 78 on February 9, 1948[7]
  3. "Help Me" (Carole King, Cynthia Weil) – 2:21
    • B-side of "The Wonderful World of the Young" (1962)[2]
  4. "The Peking Theme (So Little Time)" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:48
  5. "Autumn" (Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire) – 2:19
    • previously unreleased in the US[2]
  6. "Here's to My Lady" (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) – 2:57
    • first released on the 1991 compilation The Great American Composers: Johnny Mercer[2]
  7. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 2:39
    • first released on the 1969 compilation Andy and Company[2]
  8. "Loved One" (Carolyn Leigh, Jack Segal) – 2:49
  9. "The Many Faces of Love" (Jerome "Doc" Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 2:17
  10. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) – 4:55
  11. "The Sound of Music" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:25
  12. "What Am I Living For" (Art Harris, Fred Jay) – 3:06
  13. "Cherish" (Terry Kirkman) – 3:40
  14. "Whistling Away The Dark" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 3:19
  15. "Free to Go" (Paul Anka, Bert Kaempfert) – 3:23
    • previously unreleased[2]
  16. "Someone Who Cares" (Alex Harvey) – 3:15
  17. "The Last Time I Saw Her" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 3:25
  18. "Long, Long Time" (Gary White) – 3:37
  19. "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 3:52
  20. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott) – 2:59
  21. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson) – 2:36
  22. "Home For Thee" (Paul T. Parrish) – 3:04
  23. "You Chose a Fine Time" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Tony Macaulay) – 2:46
    • only released as a UK single[2][8]
  24. "Who Was It?" (Gilbert O'Sullivan) - 2:50
    • B-side of "Marmalade, Molasses & Honey" (1972)[2]
  25. "I'll Never Be The Same" (June Millington) – 3:41

Recording dates[2]

  • December 19, 1947 – "Jubilee", "Louisiana Purchase"
  • January 12, 1962 – "Help Me"
  • February 18, 1963 – "The Peking Theme (So Little Time)"
  • February 10, 1965 – "Autumn"
  • February 13, 1965 – "Here's to My Lady"
  • May 11, 1965 – "I'll See You in My Dreams"
  • June 30, 1965 – "Loved One"
  • June 22, 1966 – "The Many Faces of Love"
  • July 17, 1968 – "Ave Maria"
  • October 3, 1968 – "The Sound of Music"
  • September 17, 1969 – "What Am I Living For"
  • April 6, 1970 – "Cherish"
  • July 28, 1970 – "Free to Go", "Whistling Away the Dark"
  • December 17, 1970 – "Someone Who Cares"
  • April 22, 1971 – "The Last Time I Saw Her"
  • April 22, 1971 – April 26, 1971 – "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Long, Long Time"
  • June 10, 1971 – "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
  • February 19, 1972 – February 24, 1972 – "Home For Thee"
  • April 14, 1972 – "You Chose a Fine Time"
  • September 16, 1972 – "Who Was It?"
  • February 19, 1973 – "I'll Never Be the Same"

Song information

As was typical of Williams's early albums at Columbia, this collection includes selections from stage and screen. "Louisiana Purchase" is the title song from Irving Berlin's 1940 Broadway musical.[9] "Autumn" originated in the 1958 musical Cyrano,[10] and "The Sound of Music" was first performed by Mary Martin as the title song of the 1959 Broadway musical.[11] "Whistling Away The Dark" was first sung by Julie Andrews for the 1970 film Darling Lili[12] and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.[13] "Someone Who Cares" by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition was included in the 1970 film Fools[14] and had its highest chart ranking as a number four hit on Billboard magazine's weekly list of the most popular Easy Listening songs.[15]

Several of Williams's other selections covered here also had their best showings as Easy Listening hits. "The Last Time I Saw Her" by Glen Campbell reached number 12 on that chart,[16] while "Long, Long Time" by Linda Ronstadt got as high as number 20.[17] "Who Was It?" was a number 12 Easy Listening hit for Hurricane Smith,[18] and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" went all the way to number one.[19] "Cherish" was initially a number one pop hit for The Association[20] and later reached the top of the Easy Listening chart thanks to David Cassidy.[21]

Williams covers number-one hits from a variety of other charts as well. Of the five recordings of "I'll See You in My Dreams" that made the pop charts in 1925, the most successful rendition came from Isham Jones & the Ray Miller Orchestra, who spent seven weeks with the song at number one.[22] Chuck Willis took "What Am I Living For" to number one on the Billboard R&B chart.[23] "Help Me Make It Through the Night" gave Sammi Smith a number one Country hit.[24] And as of the time of Williams's recording of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", The Hollies had already peaked at number three with it in the UK, but they later reached number one there when the song was reissued.[25]

Other selections from the more distant past are also included on this collection. One of the earliest recordings of "Here's to My Lady" was done by Perry Como in 1951.[26] And Richard Erikson writes in the liner notes to the collection that Williams recorded the Latin Catholic Prayer version of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" "days after the funeral of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as a memorial to the slain leader".[2]


Collectables Records reissue[2]

Compiled by Richard Erikson

  • Dan Rivard – producer
  • Ken Robertson – producer; reissue engineer
  • Richard Erikson – associate producer; liner notes


  1. ^ a b c "B Sides and Rarities - Andy Williams". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (2003) Album notes for B Sides and Rarities by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music COL-CD-7529.
  3. ^ "55 Days at Peking". Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 1059.
  5. ^ a b Wiley 1996, p. 1084.
  6. ^ a b c Wiley 1996, p. 362.
  7. ^ a b "Kay Thompson Discography". Sam Irvin. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  8. ^ (1972) "You Chose a Fine Time/Home for Thee" by Andy Williams [7-inch single]. London: CBS Records CBS S 8080.
  9. ^ "Louisiana Purchase". The Broadway League. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  10. ^ (1958) Cyrano (Original Cast Recording) by The Yale Dramatic Association [album jacket]. New Haven: Yale Dramatic Association J8OP-4263.
  11. ^ "The Sound of Music". The Broadway League. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Darling Lili (1970) - Soundtracks". Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1105.
  14. ^ "Fools by Various Artists". Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 233.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 40.
  17. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 235.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 254.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 161.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 52.
  21. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 47.
  22. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 240.
  23. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 628.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 326.
  25. ^ "The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". Chart Stats. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Here's to My Lady". Kokomo. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 


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