I don't do very many obits on this blog. But I confess - although I grew up with album rock and R & B in the 1960's and '70's - I always had an appreciation for vocalists with velvety voices, and Andy Williams was the epitome of that kind of singer. Bluntly, I'd much rather listen to vocalists like Andy Williams over Frank Sinatra or Elvis.
I can also appreciate that Williams gave up the glitter of L.A. and Vegas to re-settle in the Midwest: Branson, Missouri. My sentiments exactly!
Here's an account of Andy Williams' death and his career---
Although I went through the normal British Invasion spell in my early teens, I retained a fondness for late 50's and early 60's pop. Andy was one of the greats. He was one of the few familiar pop singers we could include on the old WTUX and I loved playing his records.
I also respected him for how he stuck by his first wife when she killed her boyfriend. Not many husbands are inclined that way!
Bladder cancer is the cause the family is asking donations for in lieu of flowers. I had not heard of this form of cancer until Philadelphia DJ Joe Niagra suffered from it during the 1990's. I hope Andy Williams' illness will bring more awareness to the illness.
Mike from Delaware
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 1:34pm
In my childhood home, we had a TV (black and white) years before we had a HiFi, so my earliest years were spent listening to 78 rpm records of big bands from the 1930's and 40's and what was called "popular music" from the early to late 1950's where 78's were still being produced along with 45 rpms (you could buy either to get the same songs).
Well it was a big deal when we got our first HiFi. One of the first 33 1/3 rpm albums my folks bought was an Andy Williams album that had his first big hit, I believe it was a hit in 1956, "Canadian Sunset". That started me on being a life long fan of Andy William's smooth voice and style.
A truly gifted vocalist, who's TV show was a real family oriented show (unlike what passes for family oriented TV today) that gave many future stars their first national TV exposure, for example the Osmonds.
Unlike Sinatra and Elvis who were more hard edged in their real life personalities, Andy Williams seem to fit more of the "Perry Como" mode, a quiet guy who sang great music.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 4:11pm
His television show was a composite of who's who during the seventies. If we can just rid ourselves of these ridiculous copyright laws, we could have access to the wealthy of history, that is often overlooked from that era.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 10:25pm
Andy Williams was still performing up to about 2 years ago, with little vocal deterioration. Here's one of his last performances of "Moon River":
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