Danny Williams - Moon River

Danny Williams - Moon River

Catalogue Code: 715982

Barcode: 5050457159825

Release Date: 17 Jul 2015

Danny Williams arrived in Britain as a teenager in 1959 as part of the production Golden City Dixies, a show that had already proved popular in South Africa. The show proved equally successful here as well, with Danny also getting spotted by noted producer Norman Newell and signed to a recording contract with the HMV label. After several singles fell by the wayside, Danny finally made a minor chart appearance with We Will Never Be As Young As This Again and the follow-up The Miracle Of You. Both of these hits had been penned locally, so Norman looked for something from further afield for the next single. Moon River, the Academy Award winning Best Original Song had provided a hit in the US for Jerry Butler and was felt by Norman to be the ideal song for Danny; a smooth and stylish ballad. And so it proved, going on to top the UK chart for two weeks as well as selling more than a quarter of a million copies in the process. The song may well have become closely associated with Andy Williams, but he never released it as a single, so Danny’s version is the definitive hit version. The accompanying album also included the two earlier hits, but whilst Danny had quickly earned the moniker ‘Britain’s Johnny Mathis’ for his singing style, album buyers remained somewhat unmoved. Which is something of a pity, for in addition to the major smash there is much on Moon River to enjoy and delight.

1. Moon River
2. My Heart Tells Me
3. We Will Never Be As Young As This Again
4. Lonely
5. My Foolish Heart
6. The Story Of A Starry Night
7. All Or Nothing At All
8. The Miracle Of You
9. Passing Breeze
10. Rain
11. In Other Words
12. I Talk To The Trees