Nick DeCaro

Nick DeCaro BIOGRAPHY

Nick DeCaro

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1968-1969

A&M Records first assigned Nick to arrange for Claudine Longet. By November 1967, he had recorded one album and two singles with her. Longet's husband, singer Andy Williams, came to several dates then asked DeCaro to arrange for him.

DeCaro produced Longet's later albums with A&M as well as albums for A&M artists Chris Montez and The Sandpipers. These recordings are often considered the quintessential A&M Records sound. Nick also played on many A&M sessions providing the piano and/or accordion parts on sessions including those for Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and the Baja Marimba Band.

In 1969, DeCaro recorded his own album for A&M Records, Happy Heart. Nick's version was an instrumental which was climbing the Billboard chart. Andy Williams wanted to record it as a vocal and asked DeCaro for an arrangement. Nick's arrangement for Williams is almost identical to his instrumental. Williams' version became a hit in 1969. DeCaro's own album featured his skills as a song writer, arranger, pianist, vocalist and producer.

Nick DeCaro was one of the most prolific arrangers in the music industry from the mid-1960s through the early 1990s. He worked with over 300 artists from Mel Carter to Tori Amos, Elton John to Barbra Streisand, and James Taylor to Dolly Parton. In that time he also returned to arrange songs for a myriad of A&M artists.

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PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Nick DeCaro
   Born: Jun 23, 1939      Died: Mar 04, 1992
   Instrument(s): vocals, piano, accordion


Nick DeCaro PHOTOS

Nick DeCaro DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Nick DeCaro U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
Happy HeartA&M RecordsSP 41761969

Nick DeCaro U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Amy's Theme/I'm Gonna Make You Love MeA&M Records11091969
Amy's Theme/Spanish FleaA&M Records8381967
Happy Heart/Love Is AllA&M Records10371969
If I Only Had Time/Caroline, NoA&M Records10001968

Nick DeCaro U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Amy's Theme/I'm Gonna Make You Love Me19691109
Amy's Theme
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Amy's Theme/Spanish Flea1967838
Amy's Theme
Spanish Flea

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Happy Heart1969SP 4176
Happy Heart
Rosemary's Baby (Lullabye From)
Hey Jude
I'll Forget You
Love Is All
Quiet Sunday
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Amy's Theme
Caroline, No
If I Only Had Time

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Happy Heart/Love Is All19691037
Love Is All
Happy Heart

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
If I Only Had Time/Caroline, No19681000
If I Only Had Time
Caroline, No


Nick DeCaro MUSIC CHARTS

Nick DeCaro on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Happy HeartSP 4176Billboard Pop165
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Happy Heart/Love Is All1037Billboard AC22
If I Only Had Time/Caroline, No1000Billboard Pop95
1000Billboard AC12