September 26, 2012

RIP Andy Williams [Darleen Click]

And another part of my childhood slips away

Clean-cut crooner Andy Williams, whose performance of “Moon River” became a pop music classic, has died at the age of 84.

“[Williams] passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer,” his rep said in a statement to

With an easy style and a mellow voice that President Ronald Reagan once termed “a national treasure,” Williams proved ideal for television. “The Andy Williams Show,” which lasted in various formats from 1957 to 1971, featured Williams alternately performing his stable of easy-listening ballads and bantering casually with his guest stars.

He received 18 gold and three platinum albums over his long career and was nominated for five Grammy awards. He released an autobiography in 2009, “Moon River and Me: A Memoir.”

From when Christmas Specials really were special

Posted by Darleen @ 9:18pm


Comments (9)

  1. My childhood too. Especially the Christmas Album. RIP, Andy.

    In other news, Allen West 2012.

    My statement to the United Nations would have been, “The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence”

  2. I came to appreciate Williams more as I grew older, but I could never truly forgive him for unleashing the Osmond Brothers on the world.


  3. I was never that big a fan, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some bereaved fans were quoting the chorus of one of his songs: “Can’t get used to losing you…”

  4. EBL

    Love that! “Lida Rose” is one of best songs from The Music Man.

  5. Who will feed the Cookie Bear?

  6. I was more the Sinatra/Dino type, even when I was kid [The Golddiggers, as well – which explains a lot], but, looking at what Christmas has become, my affection for Mr. Willliams has grown.

    Requiescat in pace.

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