Andy Williams, whose silky voice 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. 25,2012 at his home in Branson, Mo. He was 84.
He died after a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
Mr. Williams’s entertainment career spanned eight decades, starting when he was an 8-year-old singer performing at church socials in his native Iowa. With his radiant smile, chiseled dimples and earnest personality, he conveyed an unfailingly wholesome image throughout his career.
The host of NBC's "The Andy Williams Show" from 1962 to 1971, Williams is known for lending his voice to timeless songs like "Moon River" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" -- songs that led President Ronald Reagan to dub him "a national treasure." Over his 75-year span in the business, Williams has earned 17 gold and three platinum records.
In a varied show business career, Mr. Williams headlined at major venues such as the Copacabana in New York and Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, sang at three Academy Awards ceremonies in the 1960s, hosted the first live telecast of the Grammy Awards in 1971, and headlined the halftime show of Super Bowl VII in 1973. After the assassination of his friend Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, Mr. Williams sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the funeral.
But Mr. Williams found his greatest commercial success in the 1960s and early 1970s with anodyne pop and yuletide music, which yielded more than a dozen hits. During this period, he recorded or popularized a slew of lush, orchestra-backed movie themes. Besides his signature number “Moon River” (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), Mr. Williams recorded “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Born Free,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” (from “The Sandpiper”), “Charade,” the theme from “Love Story,” and a love ballad from “The Godfather” known as “Speak Softly Love.” ********* Love the songs/movies yawares
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Learn this from the waters: in mountain clefts and chasms, loud gush the streamlets, but great rivers flow silently. - Sutta Nipata 3.725
I accidentally wooed my ex-wife by singing this song. Good stuff!
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