Connick In Romantic Mood With New Album
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harry Connick Jr. has slated a Feb. 3 release for "Only You," a collection of romantic standards from Columbia Records. Tapping into material from the 1950s and '60s,Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harry Connick Jr. has slated a Feb. 3 release for "Only You," a collection of romantic standards from Columbia Records. Tapping into material from the 1950s and '60s, the New Orleans-based crooner recorded the lush set with his big band, as well as full orchestral backing.
The album takes its name from the Buck Ram/Ande Rand track that in 1955 was a No. 5 hit for the Platters on Billboard's Best Sellers In Stores chart. The song has been recorded by the likes of Little Richard, Carl Perkins, John Lennon and many others.
Connick also tackles such well-known songs as Al Dubin and Harry Warren's "I Only Have Eyes for You," Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman's "Save the Last Dance for Me" and the Walter Donaldson/George Whiting composition "My Blue Heaven."
Along with songs by Allen Toussaint, Eddy Arnold and others, Connick also contributes his own "Other Hours" to the collection.
Connick has been highly visible on NBC television lately through his own Thanksgiving night special and appearances during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and on the network's "Today" show. He's riding high on the success of his recent Columbia release, "Harry for the Holidays," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart and No. 23 on The Billboard 200.
A big band tour is in the works for early 2004.
Here is the "Only You" track list:
"The Very Thought of You"
"Save the Last Dance for Me"
"My Blue Heaven"
"You Don't Know Me"
"All These Things"
"For Once In My Life"
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
"Goodnight My Love"