Remembering legendary crooner Andy Williams
Legendary 1960’s crooner Andy Williams, who was propelled to fame with the classic ballad “Moon River,” died at 84 from bladder cancer. He had announced the news of his cancer just last year at his own Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
There are countless renditions of his most famous songs, but “Moon River” alone has a quiet spotlight amongst a certain set (read: the lady type) thanks to: Breakfast at Tiffany’s in which the song was performed by Audrey Hepburn, Sex and the City during Mr. Big’s take-off to California, where he thought “two drifters” was “two twisters” (how cute); or Muse’s glorious cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” — technically a Frankie Valli cover, but Williams' up-tempo version reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart and is pretty killer.
Then there are his many televised Christmas specials in the 1970s and 80s, and that old classic "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year," which made it never too early to start celebrating the winter holidays. Clearly, there is an undoubted respect for that suave, good-guy demeanor Williams possessed that will be sorely missed. Let's also not forget his Emmy-winning NBC television show, The Andy Williams Show from 1962-1971 which featured guests such as Ray Charles, the Temptations, and Smokey Robinson.
Take a look back at some of the highlights of his career, bidding adieu to a great gentleman -- one of the last of his kind.
|"Moon River" - Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffanys|
|"Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" - Andy Williams|
|"Butterfly" - Andy Williams|
|"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" - Andy Williams|