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Andy Williams

Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American popular music singer. He recorded 44 albums in his career, 15 of which have been gold-certified  and three of which have been platinum-certified.

 He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, and numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards.

The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is named after the song he is most known for singing—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's "Moon River". He sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 10.5 million certified units in the United States.

Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa,  the son of Jay Emerson and Florence (née Finley) Williams. While living in Cheviot, Ohio, Williams attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He finished high school at University High School, in West Los Angeles, because of his family's move to California.

Williams had three older brothers—Bob, Don, and Dick Williams. His first performance was in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. He and his brothers formed the Williams Brothers quartet in late 1938, and they performed on radio in the Midwest, first at WHO, in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS, in Chicago, and WLW, in Cincinnati.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1943, the Williams Brothers sang with Bing Crosby on the hit record "Swinging on a Star" (1944). They appeared in four musical films: Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), Something in the Wind (1947) and Ladies' Man (1947).

A persistent myth is that as a teenager the future singing star dubbed the singing for Lauren Bacall in the 1944 feature film To Have and Have Not. According to authoritative sources, including Howard Hawks and Bacall herself, this was not true. Williams and some female singers were tested to dub for Bacall, because of fears that she lacked the necessary vocal skills.

But those fears were overshadowed by the desire to have Bacall do her own singing (perhaps championed by Humphrey Bogart ) despite her less-than-perfect vocal talent.[6] This myth is refuted in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide in the entry for this film, but it is stated as true in "Three for the Road", Episode 10, Season 2 of the TV series MacGyver. In this, Edward Mulhare plays veteran movie actor Guy Roberts, and Anne Rogers portrays his wife June, and he asks her this particular question, whereupon she answers that Andy Williams, when 14, did dub his voice for Lauren Bacall.

The Williams Brothers were signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to appear in Anchors Aweigh and Ziegfeld Follies (1945) but, before they went before the cameras, the oldest brother, Bob, was drafted into military service and the group's contract was canceled. Kay Thompson, a former radio star who was now head of the vocal department at MGM, had a nose for talent and hired the remaining three Williams brothers to sing in her large choir on many soundtracks for MGM films, including The Harvey Girls (1946). When Bob completed his military service, Kay hired all four brothers to sing on the soundtrack to Good News (1947).

By then, Thompson was tired of working behind the scenes at MGM so, with the four Williams boys as her backup singers and dancers, she formed a nightclub act called Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. They made their debut in Las Vegas in 1947 and became an overnight sensation. Within a year, they were the highest paid nightclub act in the world, breaking records wherever they appeared.

Williams revealed in his memoir Moon River and Me that he and Thompson became romantically involved while on tour, despite the age difference (he was 19 and she was 38). The act broke up in 1949 but reunited for another hugely successful tour from the fall of 1951 through the summer of 1953. After that, the four brothers went their separate ways. A complete itinerary of both tours is listed on the Kay Thompson biography website.

Williams and Thompson, however, remained very close, both personally and professionally. She mentored his emergence as a solo singing star. She coached him, wrote his arrangements, and composed many songs that he recorded (including his 1958 Top 20 hit "Promise Me, Love" and, later, "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" on his 1964 No. 1 The Andy Williams Christmas Album). Using her contacts in the business, Thompson helped Williams land his breakthrough television gig as a featured singer for two-and-a-half years on The Tonight Show starring Steve Allen (it helped that the producer of the series, Bill Harbach, was Kay's former aide de camp). Thompson also got Williams his breakthrough recording contract with Cadence Records (the label's owner Archie Bleyer had gotten early career breaks because of Kay and he owed her a favor).

Meanwhile, Williams sang backup on many of Thompson's recordings through the 1950s, including her Top 40 hit Eloise based on her bestselling books about the mischievous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Thompson also served as a creative consultant and vocal arranger on Williams' three summer replacement network television series in 1957, 1958, and 1959. In the summer of 1961, Thompson traveled with Williams and coached him throughout his starring role in a summer stock tour of the musical Pal Joey. Their personal and professional relationship finally ended in 1962 when Williams met and married Claudine Longet, and Thompson moved to Rome.
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Andy Williams - Beyond The Reef

"Beyond The Reef" is a song written by Canadian Jack Pitman in Hawaii in 1948. It was first performed by Hawaiian artist Napua Stevens in 1949.

Bing Crosby recorded the song a year later on September 5, 1950  and Crosby's recording reached No. 26 on the Billboard pop chart.

Elvis Presley recorded his version of the song on 27 May 1966  but this recording was only released on a boxset in 1980/1.

The Ventures also recorded the song on their third album, Another Smash, in September 1961.

George Greeley recorded an instrumental version of the song in 1960 on his Warner Bros.album, The Most Beautiful Music of Hawaii.

Andy Williams released a version on his 1959 album, To You Sweetheart, Aloha.

Vic Damone included the song on his 1962 album Strange Enchantment.

Burl Ives included the song on his 1965 album On the Beach at Waikiki.

Marty Robbins included the song on his 1957 album Song of the Islands.

Although Pitman was living in Hawaii when he wrote it "Beyond the Reef" does not contain any Hawaiian language words or any mention of Hawaii. It is a slow song in the key of C major with a 2-5-1 progression with D minor, G major and C major. It features the steel guitar as do many of the hapa-haole songs written during this period.
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Andy Williams - Canadian Sunset

"Canadian Sunset" is a popular song with music by jazz pianist Eddie Heywood and lyrics by Norman Gimbel.

An instrumental version by Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #7 on the R&B chart in 1956.

 A version sung by Andy Williams was also popular that year, reaching #7 on the Billboard chart.

 The Sounds Orchestral, conducted by Johnny Pearson, hit the Easy Listening chart reaching #14 and the Billboard Top Hot 100 in 1965 reaching #76.
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Andy Williams - Music to watch Girls By

"Music to Watch Girls By" was the first Top 40 hit by Bob Crewe using his own name, recorded by his group The Bob Crewe Generation. Crewe first heard the song performed in a jingle demo for a Diet Pepsi commercial. Music was composed by Tony Velona and Sidney "Sid" Ramin. The "big-band, horn driven"recording went to #15 on the pop chart and #2 on the Easy Listening chart.

According to Greg Adams, writing for All Music Guide, the song "exemplified the groovy state of instrumental music at that time."[2] In Bob Crewe's version, a trumpet plays the whole song, the first time around, sounding like Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass style. The second time the instrumental is played, a half step up in tone from G Minor to A-Flat Minor, a Tenor Saxophone plays a jazzier version, accompanied by strings and a harpsichord, that play a counter-melody. The trumpets finish up the refrain, and all of the parts are played, repeating the first part in the Coda, before the fade.

Other instrumental versions of the song were recorded by Billy Vaughn, Chet Atkins, Al Hirt and Walter Wanderley. A vocal recording by Andy Williams, featuring lyrics written by Tony Velona, went to #34 in the United States, and after it was used in a Fiat ad in the UK, the re-released single reached the top ten. The version by Al Hirt reached #31 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #119 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. In 1967, an instrumental version renamed "Music to Watch Space Girls By" appeared on Leonard Nimoy's debut album Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space. The Higsons covered the vocal version in 1984; this was released on a single and the album The Curse of the Higsons.
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Andy Williams - Solitaire

Solitaire is a studio album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the fall of 1973 by Columbia Records and was an attempt to move away from his formulaic series of recent releases that relied heavily on songs that other artists had made popular.

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated November 17, 1973, and remained there for six weeks, peaking at number 185.  It entered the UK album chart the following month, on December 22, and stayed there for 26 weeks, during which time it made it all the way to number three. On January 1, 1974, the newly formed British Phonographic Industry awarded the album with Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units in the UK, and Gold certification from the BPI, for sales of 100,000 units, followed on January 1, 1975.

The first single from the album was the title track, which entered Billboard's list of the 40 most popular Easy Listening songs of the week in the U.S. in the issue dated October 6, 1973, and stayed on the chart for nine weeks, peaking at number 23. Although the song did not make the magazine's Hot 100, it did make the top five in the UK, where it entered the singles chart two months later, on December 8, and reached number four during an 18-week stay.  Williams's rerecording of another song from the album, "Remember", as a duet with his daughter Noelle resulted in another Easy Listening chart entry as of the January 5, 1974, issue that made it to number 30 over the course of seven weeks.  A third song, "Getting over You", entered the UK singles chart four months later, on May 18, and lasted there five weeks, eventually getting to number 35.

Solitaire was released on compact disc for the first time as one of two albums on one CD by Collectables Records on February 19, 2002, the other album being Williams's Columbia release from the fall of 1972, Alone Again (Naturally). Collectables included this CD in a box set entitled Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2, which contains 15 of his studio albums and two compilations and was released on November 29, 2002. Solitaire was paired with the UK version of Alone Again (Naturally) (which was entitled The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)) as two albums on one CD by Sony Music Distribution in 2003.
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Andy Williams - Born Free

Born Free is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released on April 10, 1967, by Columbia Records and includes half a dozen songs associated with movies or musicals. Two of these tracks, however, originated in the scores of the films indicated on the album jacket but had lyrics added later: the melody for "Strangers in the Night" was written for A Man Could Get Killed, and "Somewhere My Love" began as "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago.

The album made its first appearance on Billboard's Top LP's chart in the issue dated May 13, 1967, and remained there for 79 weeks, peaking at number five. The album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on July 6, 1967, and that same month it began 11 weeks on the UK album chart, where it reached number 22.
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Andy Williams - Speak Softly Love

"Speak Softly, Love" is a popular song published in 1972, with music by Nino Rota and lyrics by Larry Kusik.

The song was first introduced as an instrumental theme in the 1972 film The Godfather that was simply known as "Love Theme from The Godfather". The highest-charting rendition of either version was by vocalist Andy Williams, who took "Speak Softly Love" to number 34 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100[1] and number seven on its Easy Listening chart.
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Andy Williams - Moon River

"Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The song has been covered by many other artists. It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1962 (and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony that year).

He sang the first eight bars of the song at the beginning of each episode of his eponymous television show and named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri, after it; his autobiography is called "Moon River" and Me. Williams' version was never released as a single, but it charted as an LP track that he recorded for Columbia on a hit album of 1962, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes.
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Andy Williams - Domino

"Domino" is a popular song written in 1950, with music by Louis Ferrari. The original French lyrics were written by Jacques Plante, and English lyrics were supplied by Don Raye.

A big hit in France and all of Europe, "Domino" was introduced by the popular French singer André Claveau. It was also recorded by Patachou, Lucienne Delyle and many others. Hit records of the English-language version were made by Tony Martin and by Bing Crosby. The song was also recorded by Doris Day, Jane Morgan, Teddy Johnson and by Andy Williams.

The recording by Tony Martin with Henri René and His Orchestra was made in Hollywood on October 2, 1951. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-4343A (in USA)  and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10167. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on October 26, 1951 and lasted 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at #9.

The recording by Bing Crosby was cut on October 4, 1951[3] with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and released by Decca Records as catalog number 27830. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on October 26, 1951 and lasted 6 weeks on the chart, peaking at #15.

Semprini with Rhythm accompaniment recorded it in London on January 25, 1952 as the third melody of the medley "Dancing to the piano (No. 12) - Part 1. Hit Medley of Waltzes" along with "We Won't Live in a Castle" and "While We're Young". It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10231.

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Where Do I Begin - Love Story - Andy Williams

(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story is a piece of music published in 1970, composed by the French musician Francis Lai.

The song was released for the first time in instrumental version in the film Love Story from 1970, directed by Arthur Hiller. Francis Lai won the Oscar for best soundtrack with this film as part of the 1971 Oscar Awards.
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Andy Williams - Impossible Dream

"The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole.

The complete song is first sung by Don Quixote as he stands vigil over his armor, in response to Aldonza (Dulcinea)'s question about what he means by "following the quest". It is reprised partially three more times – the last by prisoners in a dungeon as Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant mount the drawbridge-like prison staircase to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition.

It was awarded the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
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