As I look at him on film on TV, a young handsome man in 1962, I feel I have lost a friend. Many people feel that way, I'm sure. He was a celebrity who appealed to all ages.
He had a beautiful smile
|Imagine Andy with one front tooth missing.|
Could it have been that Andy Williams did such a great job, and I loved the song so much, he didn't want to be compared to that voice?
Barry knew how much I admired Andy, and he pretended to be jealous when I raved over my favorite singer He even blacked out Andy's front tooth on a handsome album cover.
Andy Williams' voice was the best of any popular singer at the time. Some say he should have been rated higher than Frank Sanatra, but Andy lived a more quiet life. Other than the scandal brought on by his first wife’s killing of her lover after she and Andy were divorced, no media smut tarnished his name.
He received 18 gold and three platinum albums over his long career, and in 2009, the crooner published the autobiography, "Moon River and Me: A Memoir."
President Ronald Reagan called Andy's voice "a national treasure."
I totally agree.
Although Andy was older when I finally saw him in person, the thrill of watching him perform his music on stage brought back early memories of my life with Barry, dancing to Andy’s songs, back when we danced. And I’ll always remember how we never missed the Andy Williams Christmas Show. That show created such joy and tenderness, with Oh Holy Night, and Sleigh Ride, and so many beautiful scenes we all dreamed about, especially we who lived in south west Georgia and never saw snow at Christmas. When I watch one of Andy's Christmas shows on PBS now, I get nostalgic.
The family aspect of Andy’s show made us love him more. His parents and his children always appeared on his show, along with his wonderful singing brothers. I related to this large loving family, as did millions of Americans.
I had four singing brothers also. They even enjoyed local celebrity on WGPC radio in Albany, Georgia.
We will not likely see again the gentleness and humor, the fantastic voice, the complete talent of one such as Andy Williams. I will miss him.
Were you a fan of Andy Williams? Do you have another favorite singer?