Saturday 29 September 2012

    Vale Andy Williams


    Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner whose signature song from the early 1960s, Moon River brought him fans the world over, died this week. He was 84.

    A voice that was compared to warm chocolate sauce…

    When Andy Williams sang Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s Moon River at the 1962 Oscars – it was the theme to the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and he considered it the greatest love song ever written – it quickly became his theme song. Williams followed up at the following year’s Oscars ceremony by winning another award with a second Mancini-Mercer classic, Days Of Wine And Roses.

    In the early 1990s Williams openned his own theatre at Branson, Missouri: the 2000-seat Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, where he appeared up to a dozen times a week between September and December. In 1999 his recording of Music To Watch Girls By (1967) was a surprise hit in Britain when it climbed to No 9 in the charts after featuring in a Fiat Punto commercial. The single’s success was followed by a sell-out British tour. In 2002 he teamed up with the British actress Denise van Outen in a duet on Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, his solo hit from 1968, which 30 years later was revived to promote another car in Britain, the Peugeot 306. {Source SMH}

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