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Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes

Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes is the ninth studio album by American pop singer Andy Williams and was released on March 26, 1962 by Columbia Records and covered film songs that were mostly from the previous decade.

Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1962 (LP)
April 7, 1987 (CD)
ProducerRobert Mersey[2]
Andy Williams chronology
Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing
Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
Warm and Willing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
BillboardSpotlight Pick[3]

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated May 12 of that year and remained there for 176 weeks (the longest chart run of any of his albums), peaking at number 3.[4]

The album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on October 14, 1963, and thus became Williams's earliest recording to achieve this honor but not, however, the first to do so. His Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests album, which was released in April 1963, received its Gold certification just one month prior to this one.[5] By 1967, the album had sold more than two million copies.[6]

Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes was released on compact disc for the first time by Columbia in 1987.[1] It was also released as one of two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution on May 15, 2001, the other album being Williams's Columbia album from February 1962, Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing.[7]


Album conceptEdit

In his autobiography Moon River and Me: A Memoir, Williams describes how Archie Bleyer, the head of his former record label, Cadence Records, had discouraged the singer from recording the song "Moon River" in 1961, assuming that young people wouldn't understand the line "my huckleberry friend". Williams writes, "He thought it was too abstract and didn't think it would be a hit single, so he turned it down." Williams moved on shortly thereafter to Columbia Records, where the powers-that-be loved the idea of an entire album of songs from movies, and he wound up recording the rejected song on January 4, 1962.[8] A few months later he was again offered the chance to sing "Moon River", this time at the Academy Awards on April 9 because of its nomination for Best Original Song.[9][10] The April 28 issue of Billboard magazine reported that the album had "racked up orders, according to Columbia Records, of close to 40,000 within two weeks' release. Platter was rushed out by the label to coincide with Williams' performance of the Mancini tune on the Academy Awards Show a fortnight ago."[11]


William Ruhlmann of Allmusic felt that Williams did a "masterful version"[1] of the title track and "also does well with the rest of the songs,"[1] calling the album "a highlight in the singer's career."[1]

Track listingEdit


From the liner notes for the original album:[2]

  • Robert Mersey – arranger, conductor, producer
  • Andy Williams - vocals


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b (1962) Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes by Andy Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8609.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1962-04-28. p. 30.
  4. ^ Whitburn 1985, p. 405.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Retrieved 27 March 2017. Type Andy Williams in the Search box and press Enter.
  6. ^ Clive Davis (November 11, 1967). "Columbia's View: Market Potential". Billboard. p. 26. ISSN 0006-2510. [Special Issue titled A Billboard Spotlight: Andy Williams]
  7. ^ "Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing/Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  8. ^ (2002) Album notes for The Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection by Andy Williams, [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music.
  9. ^ Wiley 1996, pp. 337, 1078.
  10. ^ Williams 2009, p. 117.
  11. ^ "Awards Stint Aids Williams LP Sales". Billboard. 1962-04-28. p. 6.


  • Whitburn, Joel (1985), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-054-7
  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-40053-4
  • Williams, Andy (2009), Moon River and Me: A Memoir, Viking Penguin, ISBN 978-0-670-02117-8