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Andy Williams
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NazionalitàStati Uniti Stati Uniti
Easy listening
Periodo di attività musicale1938 – 2012
EtichettaCadence, Columbia, London, Polydor
Album pubblicati70
Sito ufficiale

Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (Wall Lake, 3 dicembre 1927Branson, 25 settembre 2012) è stato un cantante, attore e showman statunitense.


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Andy Williams showed his talent early in his life; at 8 years old he was inducted into the Williams Brothers Quartet as its youngest member.

Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, Andy started singing with his three older brothers (Bob Williams, Dick Williams and Don Williams) in his hometown's Presbyterian church choir. The quartet became instant local news and made its professional singing debut when Andy was in the third grade. A bonafide hit, they went on to become a staple on radio in nearby big city Des Moines. From there, the harmonizing siblings found widespread popularity on wartime radio, including Chicago and Cincinnati. Andy graduated from high school in Cincinnati. They eventually caught the attention of crooning king Bing Crosby, who included the boys on his mammoth 1944 hit single "Swinging on a Star". Bing, of course, was keen on the boys' combined talents, having his own singing quartet of sons at home. Speciality film appearances in musicals were also a rage and the boys appeared in such film fare as Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), Something in the Wind (1947) and Ladies' Man (1947). They then joined singer/personality Kay Thompson in 1947 with her eclectic nightclub act and stayed with the popular show until they disbanded in 1951. Andy was the only Williams brother who ventured out to the East Coast to seek a solo singing career.

His career received a major boost when he revealed the extent of his extraordinary versatility and melodious easy-listening crooning talents as co-star, with Chico Marx, on the short lived television show called The College Bowl (1950 - 1951). On the show he acted, sang, and danced along with others. The show lasted for 26 weeks. After College Bowl was cancelled Andy Williams was offered regular singing duties Steve Allen's Tonight (1953) show. This engagement led to Andy's first recording contract with Cadence Records in 1956 and his first album. A "Top 10" hit came with the lovely ballad "Canadian Sunset". This, in turn, was followed by "Butterfly" (#1), "Lonely Street", "I Like Your Kind of Love", "Are You Sincere" and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song", the last tune earning him five Grammy Award nominations. An ingratiating presence on television, he was handed a musical show co-hosting with June Valli and a summer replacement series of his own. In the meantime, he developed into a top nightclub favorite.

In 1962, Andy made a lucrative label change to Columbia Records, which produced the "Top 10" pop hit "Can't Get Use to Losing You" and a collaboration with Henry Mancini, which inspired Andy's signature song, "Moon River," the Oscar-winning tune from the popular Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Andy had the honor of singing the song during the Oscar ceremony. Other major chartbusters for Andy came with the movie theme songs Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Dear Heart (1964) and Love Story (1970).

An attempt to parlay his singing fame into a film career was one of Andy's few missteps in a hugely successful career. He co-starred in the light, screwy Ross Hunter comedy soufflé I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) starring Sandra Dee and enjoyably squared off with fellow singing suitor Robert Goulet. Andy and Robert also sang in the picture (including sharing the title song), which was a tepid remake of It Started with Eve (1941) starring Deanna Durbin. It was an artificial role to be sure and is only significant in that it was Andy's sole legit acting experience on film.

What truly put Andy over the top was the phenomenal success of his weekly variety show The Andy Williams Show (1962). Andy was a natural in front of the television camera and his duets with such singing legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee kept audiences enthralled week after week. What goes around comes around for Andy would often invite his brothers to sing with him and also introduced another talented harmonizing boy group--the seven "Osmond Brothers". The series, which concluded in 1971, won three Emmy Awards for "Best Musical/Variety Series". Andy himself picked up a couple of nominations as performer.

In 1961, Andy married the French cabaret singer, Claudine Longet (born in Paris in 1942), 15 years his junior. The couple had three children. She made a mild hit of the song "Love Is Blue" and enjoyed slight celebrity status for a while. Like the Crosby family, Andy's clan became an integral part of his annual classic Christmas television specials. Despite the fact that the couple separated in 1969, Claudine continued to appear in these specials in the early 1970s.

At the same time as preforming in his long standing television show, Andy opened Caesar's Palace in 1966 and went on to headline there for 20 years. Following the close of his television success, Andy continued to tour both in the States and abroad. For a time, he was forced to remain out of the limelight, to protect his children through a tragic crisis when his ex-wife Claudine (since 1975) was involved in a tabloid-styled shooting, in March of 1976. Though the cardigan-wearing Andy was thought to be as too square and clean-cut to prod younger audiences, he was called to host the Grammy Awards a few times and returned to a syndicated series format in 1976, which was short-lived. Andy remarried in 1991 to non-professional Debbie Haas.

Inspired by singer/friend Ray Stevens, Andy had built a $12 million state-of-the-art theater, which opened in 1992 and was christened the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. Andy became the first non-country star to perform there and other theme shows have since been inspired to populate the small town--now considered the live music capital of the world. At over 70 years old, he continued to perform in Branson, Missouri, where he and his wife resided, and in Europe. Andy Williams died at age 84 of bladder cancer in Branson, Missouri on September 25, 2012.


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  • Andy Williams Sings Steve Allen, 1957, CLP 1018 (Mono)
  • Andy Williams, 1958, CLP 3002 (Mono)
  • Andy Williams Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1958, CLP 3005 (Mono), CLP 25005 (Stereo)
  • The Village of St. Bernadette, 1959, CLP 3038 (Mono), CLP 25038 (Stereo)
  • Lonely Street, 1959, CLP 3030 (Mono), CLP 25030 (Stereo)
  • Two Time Winners, 1960, CLP 3026 (Mono), CLP 25026 (Stereo)
  • Andy Williams Sings Steve Allen, Re-issue, 1960, CLP 3027 (Mono), CLP 25027 (Stereo)
  • To You, Sweetheart, Aloha, 1960, CLP 3029 (Mono), CLP 25029 (Stereo)
  • Under Paris Skies, with Quincy Jones, 1961, CLP 3047 (Mono), CLP 25047 (Stereo)
  • Andy Williams' Best, 1962, CLP 3054 (Mono), CLP 25054 (Stereo)
  • Million Seller Songs, 1962, CLP 3061 (Mono), CLP 25061 (Stereo)
  • Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing, 1962, CL 1751 (Mono), CS 8551 (Stereo)
  • Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes, 1962 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 1809 (Mono), CS 8609 (Stereo)
  • Warm and Willing, 1962, CL 1879 (Mono), CS 8679 (Stereo)
  • Days of Wine and Roses, AKA Can't Get Used To Losing You, 1963 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2015 (Mono), CS 8815 (Stereo), SBPG 62146 (Stereo)
  • The Andy Williams Christmas Album, 1963 (Certified Platinum by the RIAA), CL 2087 (Mono), CS 8887 (Stereo)
  • The Wonderful World of Andy Williams, 1964 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2137 (Mono), CS 8937 (Stereo)
  • Call Me Irresponsible, 1964 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2171 (Mono), CS 8971 (Stereo)
  • The Great Songs from My Fair Lady and Other Shows, 1964 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2205 (Mono), CS 9005 (Stereo)
  • Dear Heart, 1965 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2338 (Mono), CS 9138 (Stereo)
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song, 1965 (reissue of the Cadence Records album To You Sweetheart, Aloha), CL 2323 (Mono), CS 9123 (Stereo)
  • Canadian Sunset, 1965, CL 2324 (Mono), CS 9124 (Stereo)
  • Merry Christmas, 1965, CL 2420 (Mono), CS 9220 (Stereo)
  • Andy Williams' Newest Hits, 1966 (compilation of early Columbia singles), CL 2383 (Mono), CS 9183 (Stereo)
  • The Shadow of Your Smile, 1966 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2499 (Mono), CS 9299 (Stereo)
  • In the Arms of Love, 1967, CL 2533 (Mono), CS 9333 (Stereo)
  • Born Free, 1967 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2680 (Mono), CS 9480 (Stereo)
  • Love, Andy, 1967 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CL 2766 (Mono), CS 9566 (Stereo) (last album released in both Mono/Stereo formats)
  • Honey, 1968 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CS 9662
  • Happy Heart, 1969 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CS 9844
  • Get Together with Andy Williams, 1969 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), CS 9922
  • The Andy Williams' Sound of Music, 1969, CS 9751/9752 (Double LP)
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, 1970, CS 9896 (Gatefold sleeve)
  • Andy Williams' Greatest Hits, 1970 (, KCS 9979
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1970, KC 30105
  • Love Story, 1971 (Certified Platinum by the RIAA), KC 30497, CQ 30497 (Quadrophonic)
  • You've Got a Friend, 1971, KC 30797, CQ 30797 (Quadrophonic)
  • Love Theme from The Godfather (Speak Softly Love), 1972 (Certified Gold by the RIAA), KC 31303, CQ 31303 (Quadrophonic)
  • Alone Again (Naturally), 1972, KC 31625 (Stereo), CQ 31625 (Quadrophonic)
  • Solitaire, 1973, KC 32383
  • Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Vol. II, 1973, KC 32384
  • The Way We Were, 1974, KC 32949
  • You Lay So Easy on My Mind, 1974, KC 33234, CQ 33234 (Quadrophonic)
  • Christmas Present, 1974, 3C 33191
  • The Other Side of Me, 1975, PC 33563
  • Andy, 1976, PC 34299, PCQ 34299 (Quadrophonic)
  • Let's Love While We Can, 1980 (not released in U.S. until 2004)


  • Christmas With Andy Williams And The Williams Brothers, Barnaby, 1971, (Columbia Special Products), C 10105
  • Greatest Love Classics, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI, 1984
  • Close Enough for Love, Atco, 1986
  • I Still Believe in Santa Claus, Curb, 1990
  • Nashville, Curb, 1991. Re-released in 1998 as Best Of Country
  • The New Andy Williams Christmas Album, Laserlight, 1994
  • We Need A Little Christmas, Unison, 1997 (Certified Gold by the RIAA)
  • It's a Wonderful Christmas, Publishing Mills, 1997
  • Lonely Street, Varese Sarabande, 302 066 119 2, 2000 (Inc 4 bonus tracks)
  • To You Sweetheart, Aloha, Varese Sarabande, 302 066 253 2, 2001 (Inc 4 bonus tracks)
  • Andy, Collectables, COL-CD-7495, 2002, (Inc 8 bonus tracks)
  • Easy Does It, Metro, 2002
  • Together, 2006, a duet with Petula Clark, who also wrote the lyrics and music
  • I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up, Demon, 2006
  • 16 Most Requested Songs, Columbia/Legacy, 1986
  • 16 Most Requested Songs Encore, Columbia/Legacy, 1995
  • I Like Your Kind Of Love, The Best of the Cadence Years, Varese Sarabande, VSD-5644, 1997
  • Hits From Cadence, Victor, VICP-41130, 1999 (Japan only)
  • Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection, Taragon, 2002
  • 25 All-Time Greatest Hits 1956-1961 The Cadence Years, Varese Sarabande, 302 066 303 2, 2002
  • Best Of The 70s, Columbia, 510868 2, 2003
  • B Sides and Rarities, Collectables, COL-CD-7529, 2003


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