Solitaire — Andy Williams

No Words, No Song
5 min readSep 3, 2022
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There are two pretty well-known versions of “Solitaire” — one by Andy Williams and one by The Carpenters.

If you’re a Brit like me, you probably think of “Solitaire” as an Andy Williams song — his version made the UK Top 5 in early 1974. And if you’re from elsewhere in the world, you’re more likely to think of it as a song by The Carpenters. Their version was a Billboard Top 20 single in 1975.

Much as I love Karen Carpenter, Andy Williams version is my preferred choice for this song. His voice somehow suits it perfectly.

Karen Carpenter, as one of the finest female vocalists of the 20th century, does a great job, of course. But while I enjoy it, her version doesn’t burrow its way deep into my soul the way Andy Williams’ version does.

As well as being a lovely song in its own right, “Solitaire” was an important career turning point for an extremely well-known name from the early days of rock and roll.

Neil Sedaka — famous for hits like “Oh! Carol”, “Calendar Girl” and “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” in the late 1950s and early 1960s — had spent a few years in the wilderness as a result of musical tastes changing through the 1960s.

Although he’d kept himself busy writing songs for other artists, Neil Sedaka hadn’t troubled the charts for a number of years until his 1972…



No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.