Love Him! (album)

December 16, 1963 No Comments

US Release Date: 16 December 1963

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  1. More
    [Theme from the film Mondo Cane]
    (Norman Newell/Riz Ortolani/Nino Oliviero)
  2. Can’t Help Falling in Love
    (Hug Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George David Weiss) Listen
  3. Since I Fell for You
    (Buddy Johnson)
  4. Losing You
    (Pierre Havet/Jean Renard/Carl Sigman)
  5. [Now & Then There’s] A Fool Such as I
    (Bill Trader)
  6. As Long as He Needs Me
    [from the musical Oliver]
    (Lionel Bart)
  7. Night Life
    (Willie Nelson/Paul Buskirk/Walt Breeland)
  8. Funny
    (Larry Holofcener/Edward Noble Scott)
  9. Softly, as I Leave You
    (Hal Shaper/Giorgio Calabreses/Antonio de Vita)
  10. Lollipops and Roses
    (Tony Velona)
  11. Love Him
    (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill)

It was in 1963 that Doris turned her hand to pop music. In April that year she recorded the “catchy” Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill penned tune “Let The Little Girl Limbo”. She followed this in August by cutting her “suggestive” single “Move Over Darling” which was penned by her son. Then between the 29 October – 5 November she laid vocals for this album of big-ballads. Doris’s son Terry Melcher was directly involved in this album. He produced it and his “pop” influence can be felt throughout. In essence this is one of Doris’s most contemporary sounding LPs overflowing with hit song material, such as: trombonist Kai Winding’s “More”, Brenda Lee’s “Losing You”, Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Matt Monro’s “Softly, as I Leave You”. The album achieves a dramatic closing with the specially written title-tune from Mann & Weill. Love Him! was deservingly re-issued on CD in both the UK and USA. The British CD notably features two stunning unreleased singles: A “Whisper Away” and “Moonlight Lover” which was based on Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and recorded during the Love Him! sessions.

Conductor: Tommy Oliver
Producer: Terry Melcher
Label: Columbia Records (USA)
Format: 12″ Mono LP (#CL-2131) / 12″ Stereo LP (#CS-8931)
LP Cover Photograph: Leo Fuchs
Highest US Chart Position: 102

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