Andy Williams Christmas Album

Andy Williams Christmas Album

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Popular songs are often associated with the vocalists that made them famous but few artists actually have the distinction of having a "theme" song along the lines of Bob Hope with "Thanks for the Memories." Even fewer can claim to have two theme songs attached to them and Andy Williams is one of those fortunate stars. After "Moon River" became forever linked to… See more details below

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Popular songs are often associated with the vocalists that made them famous but few artists actually have the distinction of having a "theme" song along the lines of Bob Hope with "Thanks for the Memories." Even fewer can claim to have two theme songs attached to them and Andy Williams is one of those fortunate stars. After "Moon River" became forever linked to Williams, he recorded a holiday song for his first Christmas album that gave him a yuletide hit and theme song. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was the right song at the right time for Williams when he began to perform it on his highly successful NBC Christmas specials that featured the whole Williams clan. Both the song and the television specials were so memorable, it wasn't long before Williams was crowned "Mr. Christmas." Of course having a full album of wonderful holiday songs perfectly performed doesn't hurt either and the Andy Williams Christmas Album was an instant hit when released in 1963 and has since become a traditional classic. Along with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Williams cheerfully celebrates with the spirited medley "Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season" and is at his playful best on the irresistibly raucous "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells." He also wraps his voice around chestnuts like "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" with all the warmth of a favorite blanket, while a soaring version of "O Holy Night" is both enchanting and moving. His tender reading of the lesser-known "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" is as beautiful and serene as a crystal clear winter's night, but it is the instantly catchy opening line of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" that people remember the most. It is a fitting theme song not only for Andy "Mr.Christmas" Williams, but for the season as well and a sparkling highlight from a classic holiday album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969271223
catalogNumber:
92712

Tracks

  1. White Christmas  - Andy Williams
  2. Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season  - Andy Williams
  3. The Christmas Song  - Andy Williams
  4. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year  - Andy Williams
  5. A Song and a Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas)  - Andy Williams
  6. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells  - Andy Williams
  7. The First Noel  - Andy Williams
  8. O Holy Night  - Andy Williams
  9. Away in a Manger  - Andy Williams
  10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy  - Andy Williams
  11. The Little Drummer Boy  - Andy Williams
  12. Silent Night  - Andy Williams

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Robert Mersey   Conductor

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Producer
Adolphe Adam   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
George Wyle   Arranger,Composer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
John J. Mandell   Arranger
John J. Mandel   Arranger
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
K. Thompson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Andrew Deerin   Director
James R. Murray   Composer
John Thomas McFarland   Composer
Richard J. Alcock   Producer

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