Hear Andy perform "Sunny"
Andy Williams dies; ‘Moon River’ singer was 84Andy Williams, whose languid crooning style and disarming presence propelled him to recording and television stardom in the 1960s, with hits including “Moon River” and the inescapable holiday jingle “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” died Sept. 25 at his home in Branson, Mo. He was 84.
SUNNY 95 WSNY radio announces the passing of Williams
The singer announced last year at an appearance at the Moon River Theater in Branson that he was suffering from cancer.
Williams, who grew up in Wall Lake, Iowa, made his professional singing debut at age 8 with his three brothers as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet.
An Evening with Andy Williams: Live from the Royal Albert Hall 1978
by Joe Viglione
Tuesday May 30, 1978 at 8 p.m. Andy Williams performed with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Utilized for a two-part television special An Evening with Andy Williams features the legend in concert as well as in conversation with Benny Green. It's an elegant, glitzy and sensational set of performances which opens up with outside footage and the entourage arriving, Williams enters from the back of the audience to John Georgiadis leading a London Symphony Orchestra which is both spirited and flawless. Williams' personal musicians, lead guitarist Bruce Windham, pianist Dick Shreve, drummer John Sumner, and Gary Walters on bass supplement the orchestra marvelously. During the "Love Story" medley it is essentially the vocalist with Shreve's piano filling the hall with a quiet authority. It's hard to complain about a first-class presentation like this, however, the truncated versions of his biggest hits -- say "Happy Heart" -- are a bit frustrating. The cover of Barry Manilow's cover of an Engelbert Humperdinck track -- "I Can't Smile Without You" -- gets more facetime than "Moon River" which is present as the Overture. It's a tour de force of medleys and classics like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" melting into "I Can't Stop Loving You" paced exquisitely and displaying the dexterity of the musicians who seamlessly give Williams' voice a platform to glide gracefully over and through. read more here:
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BORN FREE by Andy Williams which includes Bobby Hebb's "Sunny"
In the Arms of Love, released only four months before Born Free, had sold disappointingly. Williams reacted by dropping the bossa nova and the oldies and looked more to the recent pop charts for covers like Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." He even recorded "I Want to Be Free" (AKA "I Wanna Be Free") from the Monkees' first album. And he scored a Top 40 hit with a pop/rock arrangement of "Music to Watch Girls By," the tune that originated on a Diet Pepsi commercial and had been an instrumental hit for the Bob Crewe Generation. At a time when non-rock pop singers were beginning to be marginalized, Williams successfully threaded the needle, reassuring his older listeners while proving adaptable to current trends. Read more here:
|Born Free (Andy Williams album)|
|Studio album by Andy Williams|
|Released||April 10, 1967|
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Andy Williams, a TV Star When Variety Shows Were Just Hanging On
Andy Williams, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, was mostly known for his mellow crooning style but he was, for much of the 1960’s, well traveled in the declining genre called the variety show.
“The Andy Williams Show,” appeared in various forms, and for various networks — Mr. Williams had shows on each of the three broadcast networks during his career. He started with summer series first on ABC in 1958, and then on CBS in 1959, but he was best known for his initial five-year run on NBC.