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Andy Williams

An engaging crooner, TV personality, and entrepreneur, Andy Williams was one of the most bankable and popular singers of his era. With his laid-back delivery, supple voice, and amiable charm, Williams rode a wave of success that took him from a childhood vocal act with his brothers to worldwide fame as a solo artist, eventually finding latter-day success as a theater impresario in Branson, Missouri. Though he started out as a crooner in the post-Frank Sinatra style, his wide-ranging taste in music (as evidenced by the guests on his '60s variety show) found him embracing artists and songs across generational and stylistic boundaries; and he can be heard on record interpreting songs that range from traditional pop to rock to bossa nova, country, and beyond. From the pre-rock & roll era onward, Williams was one of the most recognizable singers of his day.

Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams sang in his church choir and later formed a quartet with his three brothers. The group performed on radio throughout the Midwest, then moved to Los Angeles to make it in show business. The Williams Brothers Quartet appeared on Bing Crosby's 1944 hit "Swinging on a Star" and appeared with comedienne Kay Thompson during the late '40s.

Andy Williams finally began his solo career in 1952, making several appearances on Steve Allen's The Tonight Show before signing a contract with Archie Bleyer's Cadence Records in 1955. He hit the Top Ten in 1956 with his third single for the label, "Canadian Sunset." One year later, his soft-toned cover of the Charlie Gracie rockabilly nugget "Butterfly" hit number one (it's still his biggest hit). Additional Top Ten entries "Are You Sincere," "Lonely Street," and "The Village of St. Bernadette" followed before Williams moved to Columbia in 1961.

Despite another big hit in 1963, "Can't Get Used to Losing You," Williams failed to generate much action on the singles charts during the 1960s. Instead, his highly rated variety program on NBC-TV spurred interest in the ever-growing LP market for adult and middle-of-the-road audiences. The popular 1962 album Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes featured the song he's most identified with, and the following year's Days of Wine and Roses hit the top of the album charts. Nine more LPs hit the Top Ten for Andy Williams during the '60s, many organized around loose themes -- Broadway, ballads, and one album that featured members of his family. Though 1971's Love Story was a platinum success that sparked a Top Ten hit for the title song, his television show was canceled that year.

Andy Williams remained very popular during the '70s, especially for British audiences. His single "Solitaire" hit the Top Ten there in 1973, though it didn't even chart in America. Two of his subsequent albums also performed well, but only in Britain. He released relatively few LPs during the 1980s, but returned to the pop world in the early '90s when he founded his own theater/resort in the home-grown entertainment capital of Branson, Missouri. Williams continued to headline shows there for 20 years, although he announced from its stage during a Christmas 2011 show that he had been diagnosed with cancer. It finally took his life on September 25, 2012. ~ John Bush
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Can't get used to losing you - Andy Williams: lovely to hear this one out of Andy's earliest years. Memories take me back and I'm sixteen again.
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I my wow, my parents..... . . . . . j u s t so cool my moon river and me
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He also introduced little Donny Osmond to the world. Great times back then.
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pete5178
Wow...I'm in complete SHOCK that no where in the biography does it mention the monumental success of his Red & Green Christmas albums. His Red album especially! Its The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is one of the most played and most popular Christmas songs of all time. In Branson, he was billed as Mr. Christmas... s e l l i n g out his show every night during the season. His timeless and magnificent voice will live on forever. He truly was America's Singer in the 20th century!!
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Great performer great singing by Andy Williams God Speed Andy
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Beautiful song. Incredible voice.
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My mom loved Andy and remember watching his show as a kid in the 60's. He liked having Jonathon Winters as a guest and got into his humor.
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linda.rae301
Wow, what a voice
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When I was younger I thought Andy was a real square but have come to appreciate him and other singers from his era. A couple of martinis, some Any Williams or Dean Martin and I'm back in time
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came here because of bayonetta 2
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Beautiful voice. Smooth even into his 80's
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One of the best
Singing great songs!'
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nbmallory7
NEB 11/29/14 Andy Williams' soothing, resonant voice takes each song on both the To You Sweetheart Aloha, and the Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes album to a supreme level of musical poetry.
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Smooth and so sweet!! Absolutely the best of times!
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I saw Andy in Branson in 1994 on a bus tour,I was the driver. I been to many types of live concerts of all types of music. I like it all. BUT the Andy Williams show I saw that day in Branson was by far, by far the Best Show I probably ever see. Thanks Andy!
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nanfrank39
HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE.... . S O R R Y HE'S GONE, BUT NOT HIS MUSIC.....TH A N K YOU
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Nice version
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Rip
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Rip
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Love this song. Used to sing this with my girlfriend after we had a few too many drinks...
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roben1330
great voice
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Bless his heart, he gave us the best of himself - a voice like liquid gold
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Rip
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Velvet!!! He was born to sing. I remember his Christmas specials....
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debkrantz8
Would love to hear My Way sung by him.
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PAM.BLACK9, I THINK YOU ARE REFERRING TO WHAT I BELIEVE WAS HIS FIRST WIFE..HE SANG WITH HER A COUPLE OF SONGS. SHE WAS FRENCH AND HER NAME WAS:
CLAUDINE LONGET..WE HAVE LOST A GREAT SINGER AND GREAT HUMAN BEING..RIP ANDY
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I don't know how my Pandora went from Alvin Lee and Ten Years After to Andy Williams, it's really a musical non-sequitor but I actually kind of like it.
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ceccarrera
Yes, I agree. Andy Williams made it sound easy, but his talent is unmatched!
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CHRISTMAS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM. HE NOW SINGS WITH BING, PERRY AND FRANKIE.
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CHRISTMAS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. AS A MATTER OF FACT TUESDAY NIGHJTS AT 9PM.
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mancinj
Hey Pandora: Load up some more Andy Williams albums. Please!
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davolomon
Andy Williams, in my opinion, is simply on of the most talented vocalist ever.
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abraveb
Incredible voice. My mom love his voice and we as a family enjoyed his tv show. Each time I hear his songs it makes me think of life. Like everyone here, thank you Andy and we truly will miss you.
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a smooth vocalist and one of the last remaining from his generation.
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nice
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bobjacobs90
Ditto
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sharon_benne t t 0
I am so sad that you have left us. You were such a part of my childhood. I will remember you always. Christmas time will never be the same. God Bless you!
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ioccame
THE PERSONIFICAT I O N OF CLASS. WHAT A GREAT ENTERTAINER AND HUMTAMT


The ppersonifica t i o n of class.

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ioccame
THE PERSONIFICAT I O N OF CLASS. WHAT A SPLENDID ENTERTAINER WHOSE MUSIC HAS SPANTNTET
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SPANNED MANY DECADES. THANKS ANDY.
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What a gift. My favorite voice of my parents generation along with Ray Price and Frank. Thank you Andy....you will not be forgotten.
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keggersnest
I find it amazing how music can affect so many of our lives. A particular Andy Williams song can take me back 40 years to when I was a small child and I can hear my Mom in the kitchen and smell her wonderful cooking as she sang along to her favorite singer. I always thought my Mom would marry Andy Williams...t h e perspective of life as a young boy. How can we ever say thanks or express all that his music meant to all of us? A Huckleberry friend...yes indeed.
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johnharris48
Andy..You brought great joy to many over the years.Your golden voice will be missed by so many,and you were always a kind and gentle person. I grew up on Moon River, and still love this very beautiful song. RIP Andy I will be seeing you soon....
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Chriistmas won't be the same without Andy's voice on the radio this year. But I am glad I still have the CD's to remind me.
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It will be so sad to hear his Christmas songs this year:(
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pam.black9
I was so sad to hear about his death and right away had to listen to one of my favorite songs and his beautiful smooth voice, Moon River. There was another song I remember where I think he song with, to or about a woman named Claudette. Does anyone remember that song?
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I can't add to what as already been said below. I have tears in my eyes as I type this. R. I. P. Andy, say hello to Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ray Price & Jim Reeves & many more.
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We loved his show in Branson~~~my heart melted when he sang The Days of Wine and Roses Andy will always be a legend in history.
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I remenber well when Moon River came out and my Mother always turned up our little radio so she could hear it better, so this beautiful song is such a important memory of my childhood, RIP Andy
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nbrown9558
Grew up on his voice:)
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