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Andy Williams

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Howard Andrew Williams

Born:
December 3, 1928 in Wall Lake, IA

Genre:
Pop

Years Active:
'40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






Andy Williams

Biography

Easily the most solid and long-lasting vocalist of his era, Andy Williams' laid-back delivery and expansive voice charmed audiences for decades, from his first appearance with a brother quartet into his eighth decade of performance as the head of his own dinner theater in Branson, Missouri. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams sang in his church choir and later formed a quartet with his three brothers. The group performed on radio throughout the Midwest, then moved to Los Angeles to make it in show business. The Williams Brothers Quartet appeared on Bing Crosby's 1944 hit "Swinging on a Star" and appeared with comedienne Kay Thompson during the late '40s.. Easily the most solid and long-lasting vocalist of his era, Andy Williams' laid-back delivery and expansive voice charmed audiences for decades, from his first appearance with a brother quartet into his eighth decade of performance as the head of his own dinner theater in Branson, Missouri. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams sang in his church choir and later formed a quartet with his three brothers. The group performed on radio throughout the Midwest, then moved to Los Angeles to make it in show business. The Williams Brothers Quartet appeared on Bing Crosby's 1944 hit "Swinging on a Star" and appeared with comedienne Kay Thompson during the late '40s.

Andy Williams finally began his solo career in 1952, making several appearances on Steve Allen's The Tonight Show before signing a contract with Archie Bleyer's Cadence Records in 1955. He hit the Top Ten in 1956 with his third single for the label, "Canadian Sunset." One year later, his soft-toned cover of the Charlie Gracie rockabilly nugget "Butterfly" hit number one (it's still his biggest hit). Additional Top Ten entries "Are You Sincere," "Lonely Street," and "The Village of St. Bernadette" followed before Williams moved to Columbia in 1961.

Despite another big hit in 1963, "Can't Get Used to Losing You," Williams failed to generate much action on the singles charts during the 1960s. Instead, his highly rated variety program on NBC-TV spurred interest in the ever-growing LP market for adult and middle-of-the-road audiences. The popular 1962 album Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes featured the song he's most identified with, and the following year's Days of Wine and Roses hit the top of the album charts. Nine more LPs hit the Top Ten for Andy Williams during the '60s, many organized around loose themes — Broadway, ballads, and one album that featured members of his family. Though 1971's Love Story was a platinum success that sparked a Top Ten hit for the title song, his television show was canceled that year.

Andy Williams remained very popular during the '70s, especially for British audiences. His single "Solitaire" hit the Top Ten there in 1973, though it didn't even chart in America. Two of his subsequent albums also performed well, but only in Britain. He released relatively few LPs during the 1980s, but returned to the pop world in the early '90s when he founded his own theater/resort in the home-grown entertainment capital of Branson, Missouri. Williams continued to headline shows there for 20 years, although he announced from its stage during a Christmas 2011 show that he had been diagnosed with cancer. It finally took his life on September 25, 2012.

Top Albums

The Wonderful World of Andy Williams, Andy Williams
1. The Wonderfu..
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2. The Andy Wil..
Merry Christmas, Andy Williams
3. Merry Christ..
The Classic Christmas Album, Andy Williams
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Andy Williams' Greatest Hits, Andy Williams
5. Andy William..
Personal Christmas Collection, Andy Williams
6. Personal Chr..
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7. The Andy Wil..
16 Most Requested Songs: Andy Williams, Andy Williams
8. 16 Most Requ..
Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams, Andy Williams
9. Moon River: ..
Live - Christmas Treasures, Andy Williams
10. Live - Chris..
Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes, Andy Williams
11. Moon River &..
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12. 16 Biggest H..
The New Andy Williams Christmas Album, Andy Williams
13. The New Andy..
Love Story, Andy Williams
14. Love Story
Andy Williams' Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, Andy Williams
15. Andy William..
Live - Treasures from His Personal Collection, Andy Williams
16. Live - Treas..
Love Songs: Andy Williams, Andy Williams
17. Love Songs: ..
Super Hits, Andy Williams
18. Super Hits
Andy Williams Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andy Williams
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To You Sweetheart, Aloha, Andy Williams
20. To You Sweet..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..Andy Williams Christmas Alb..2:32$1.29
2.
Happy Holiday / The Holiday SeasonAndy Williams Christmas Alb..2:41$0.99
3.
Do You Hear What I Hear?Merry Christmas2:51$1.29
4.
First NoëlAndy Williams Christmas Alb..3:08$1.29
5.
Silver BellsMerry Christmas3:08$0.99
6.
O Holy NightAndy Williams Christmas Alb..3:23$0.99
7.
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting O..Andy Williams Christmas Alb..2:33$0.99
8.
Moon RiverAndy Williams' Greatest..2:43$1.29
9.
Oh, Holy Night (Live)Live - Christmas Treasures3:03$1.29
10.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..50 Best Christmas Songs Eve..2:34$0.99
11.
Sleigh RideMerry Christmas2:08$0.99
12.
White ChristmasAndy Williams Christmas Alb..2:30$0.99
13.
Silent Night, Holy NightAndy Williams Christmas Alb..2:13$0.99
14.
Little Drummer BoyAndy Williams Christmas Alb..2:16$0.99
15.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..Santa Claus Is Coming to To..2:34$0.99
16.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..Holiday Hits2:28$1.29
17.
Winter WonderlandMerry Christmas2:08$0.99
18.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..NOW That's What I Call ..2:32$1.29
19.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Sno..Merry Christmas2:15$0.99
20.
My Favorite ThingsMerry Christmas2:25$0.99
21.
It's the Most Wondeful Time of t..Merry Christmas2:35$0.99
22.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of ..Andy Williams Christmas Alb..2:32$0.69
23.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christm..Merry Christmas3:23$0.99
24.
Can't Get Used to Losing You (Si..Andy Williams' Greatest..2:22$0.99
25.
Mary's Little Boy ChildMerry Christmas3:53$0.99

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