Posted in music on September 26, 2012

andy williams

"Moon River" was written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, and Audrey Hepburn introduced it in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's," but it was Mr. Williams who made the song indisputably his own when he sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards ceremony and titled a subsequent album after it. When he built a theater in Branson, he named it the Andy Williams Moon River Theater.

"Moon River" became the theme song for his musical-variety television series "The Andy Williams Show," which, along with his family-oriented Christmas TV specials, made him a household name.

"The Andy Williams Show" ran on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and won three Emmy Awards for outstanding variety series. But its run also coincided with the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s, and with a lineup of well-scrubbed acts like the Osmond Brothers (whom Mr. Williams introduced to national television) and established performers like Judy Garland and Bobby Darin, the show, at least to many members of a younger, more rebellious generation, was hopelessly square -- the sort of entertainment their parents would watch. - [NY Times]

Legendary crooner Andy Williams, who made the world swoon with "Moon River," lost his battle with cancer last night. He was 84. In addition to that song, Williams' hits included "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (memorably covered by The Beat in 1980), and the theme songs to Born Free and Love Story. He also made a zillion Christmas albums and chances are your grandparents own at least one of them. You can stream many of his hits below via Spotify and watch some classic video clips as well. Rest in peace, Andy.

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The Andy Williams Show (w/ Tiny Tim, Nancy Sinatra + more)

Andy Williams on 'The Muppet Show'

Andy Williams and Ray Charles

Andy Wiliams - "Strangers in the Night"

Morrissey - "Moon River"

Andy Williams with Simon and Garfunkel

Andy Williams with Ella Fitzgerald

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Comments (6)

Respect.

Still waiting on a DVD to come out of "Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa Claus"

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 5:37 PM

Thanks for posting this, nice job, respect indeed. Great clip with Simon and Garfunkel...I remember watching that, jeez. *_*

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 5:47 PM

"I didn't think he'd do "Moon River," but then -- bam! -- second encore!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:23 PM

^ Don't forget: we parked under the SunDome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:14 PM

Too bad he won't be around to watch Romney get his clock cleaned.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 6:42 AM

Good thing for me I love the Ramones endlessly and I really enjoy the music of the Smiths, so I get out of this infantile anti-social behavior unscathed.

Posted by Veiled Clothing | November 25, 2012 4:52 AM

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