On Tuesday, September 25th, the very talented Andy Williams died at his home in Branson, Mo. after a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
He was known not only for his golden, soothing voice but also his warm and captivating stage presence.
He was a songwriter’s dream, as original compositions became instant hits via Andy’s sincere delivery, impeccable phrasing and sound musicianship.
Who can forget “Moon River”, “The Days Of Wine and Roses”, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – to name a few of the hundreds of songs he recorded over his lifetime?
And, indeed it was a lifetime. According to People.Com, Andy Williams celebrated 75 years in show business in 2012.
Below, you will be treated to a heartwarming video of “Moon River”, featuring Andy Williams alongside his popular collaborator, the late and great Henry Mancini at the piano.
Mr. Mancini composed this song for the movie, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and, via Andy Willliams signature voice, it became a huge hit.
The video brought tears to my eyes and then made me wonder why no one has ever used this song for a TV singing audition? At least, not to my recollection. If I am wrong, please let me know. It’s a great number – absolutely beautiful.
Andy Willliams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
R.I.P. Mr. Williams. You will be dearly missed.