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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find them informative!
Andy Williams–Entertainer, Singer
Last week I wrote a little tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, and the week before to Hal David, who also passed away recently. Tonight I am also going to be remembering Andy Williams, who, according to CBS News, lost his battle with cancer on September 25th.
Photo of Robert Goulet, Andy Williams and Bobby Darin in a scene from a skit on The Andy Williams Show.
Source: By NBC Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
You can find more information about Andy Williams, his life and his work, at his official website. Wikipedia also includes an entry, as does IMDB, and he has a Facebook fan page as well. His memoir is entitled Andy Williams: Moon River And Me, as well as his story told on the television show Biography, and he also has a PBS special. Several videos are also available on You Tube. You will also find a great deal of information about Andy Wiliams’s work with Kay Thompson in Sam Irvin’s biography of Kay Thompson.
According to Williams’s biography on his website, he was a singer and an entertainer who worked, along with his older brothers Don, Dick and Bob, with Kay Thompson from 1947 to 1951 to create what might be considered the best nightclub act ever put together. He had a long -running and very popular television series from 1962 until 1972. In later years he built and owned the 2,000-seat Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri, which opened in 1992 and it was where he performed in his own shows, most notably his well-received Christmas shows. He is well-remembered for his rendition of the popular song “Moon River,” which was used in the Oscar-winning film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Publicity photo of Andy Williams. 17 July 1966.
Source: By United Talent Management (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Andy Williams had a long recording career. Some of his most popular single recordings include:
- “Canadian Sunset”
- “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”
- “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story
and very many more.
In his lifetime, he recorded:
- 42 Studio albums
- 2 live albums
- 16 compilation albums
- 79 singles
Here are some Andy Williams videos that I like. The first is his rendition, with Henry Mancini, who wrote it with Johnny Mercer, of “Moon River”:
Now I’m going to shift to some of the wonderful duets he performed. Here is Andy Williams singing with Julie Andrews:
Andy Williams with Sammy Davis, Jr. singing “Breezing Along With The Breeze”:
And Andy Williams with Tony Bennett:
Which Andy Williams songs do you like the most and why? Do you remember seeing his television show, or did you ever get to see him in Branson? Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!
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Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time