Friday, August 19, 2016

Andy Williams - "Joanne" (1970)

Andy Williams - "Joanne" (did not chart). Written by Michael Nesmith. Produced by Mike Post. LP: The Andy Williams Show (Columbia 1970).

In the late sixties Columbia records discovered that the way to keep its classic voices like Andy Williams and Tony Bennett commercially viable was to keep the movie themes and contemporary hit covers coming. (Clive Davis, in his 1975 autobiography, reports Bennett as being none too happy about the strategy, favoring the Great American Songbook.)

The Andy Williams Show LP gathered up a handful of previous Williams covers of hits from the late sixties and added six freshly recorded ones ("Joanne," "Make It With You," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "Close to You," "El Condor Pasa," and "Snowbird"), then added applause tracks and segue music. The album sold enough in the US to make it worthwhile and went top ten in the UK. "Joanne" is Williams's steel-guitar countrypolitan version of ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith's #21 hit from earlier in the year. The song's baying vocal hook is perhaps what got the dog on the cover participating.

Andy Williams - "Joanne"

See also: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971

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