Andy Williams R.I.PSeptember 27, 2012
Those swingers and crooners must be having a hell of a party in the clouds right now. Andy Williams has just joined them at the age of 84, after losing his battle with bladder cancer.
He had many hits including Moon River, Solitaire, Music To Watch The Girls Go By and Love Story, but this is my favourite Andy Williams song. I was a wee one when I heard it, but I understood what was going on, even if I couldn’t articulate it at the time. He had a wonderful way of bending the notes and the pizzicato strings are sublime.
While I was looking for that video, I stumbled upon this one. Of course, in the days of variety shows such as his, there would’ve been many top-notch guests, but I really enjoyed this one, not least because Andy’s really going for it in a Jazz style and both he and Sammy Davis Jr looked really comfortable with each other.
And then I found more gems, including this one. I understand the Christmas shows were legendary. I didn’t even know he had brothers.
Finally, I was hoping to find this vid, because the thing I remember from the Andy Williams show, when I was a small Pie in Blighty, was the bear that always asked for milk and cookies – and never got them. I thought it was odd then. It’s practically surreal now. What the hell were the producers smoking back then?
Andy Williams: crooner and bear baiter. You’ll be sorely missed.