1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
(In the Summertime) You Don't Want My Love recorded by Andy Williams with orchestra conducted by Archie Bleyer
Written by Roger Miller Introduced in 1960, on Cadence records #1389
Andy Williamsí expansive voice, easy delivery, and impeccable styling are usually associated with melodic ballads like Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, and Canadian Sunset. His fast-paced You Donít Want My Love, written by Nashville performer/writer Roger Miller, arranged with piano, drums, tambourine, saxophone, and a chorus singing Ďin the summer time, when all the trees are green,í is one of his best up-tempo recordings and the most overlooked. Even though the trees were green, he was blue, perhaps because You Donít Want My Love never rose above 64th place in the charts, while his similar, upbeat recordings I Like Your Kind of Love and Canít Get Used to Losing You were top-ten hits. The languid and gentle Andy Williams formed a quartet with his three brothers and moved to Los Angeles. He began his solo singing career in 1952, appearing as a regular on Steve Allenís Tonight Show and he had his own high-rated NBC-TV variety series in the 1960s. The most solid and longest-lasting Pop/Middle-of-the-Road singer of the era Andy Williamís expansive voice has charmed audiences for decades.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"In the summer time when all the trees and leaves are green, and the red bird sings, Iíll be blue Ďcause you donít want my love"