In The Arms Of Love – Andy Williams | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#49) and Adult Contemporary (#1); 1966

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The first “next generation” of crooners – following in the footsteps of Crosby, Sinatra, Haymes, et al – came to fame in the early 1950’s, only to be swept aside by the mid-decade rock ‘n’ roll revolution.

Another wave appeared in the early 1960’s: one that included Steve Lawrence, Jack Jones, and Andy Williams. In an era when the 45 rpm single was king, Andy had his share; nine Top 20’s in the late 1950’s and a handful in the 1960’s, including Can’t Get Used To Losing You and A Fool Never Learns.

However, it album sales is where Andy excelled. Even Beatlemania didn’t stop him. (He notched up three Top 10 gold records in 1964 alone). His albums usually included new standards and songs from current movies.

The title track from the 1966 In The Arms Of Love LP was taken from the Blake Edwards’ comedy, What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?, and was written by Henry Mancini, Ray Evans, and Jay Livingston.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Robert Mersey

Lyrics Written by:

  • Henry Mancini
  • Jay Livingston
  • Ray Evans


  • Nominated for Album of the Year for “Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests” at the Grammy Awards in 1964
  • Nominated for Vocal Performance, Male for “Days of Wine and Roses” at the Grammy Awards in 1964
  • Nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Dear Heart” at the Grammy Awards in 1965
  • Nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “The Shadow of Your Smile” at the Grammy Awards in 1966