That’s a name that many may not even recognize. But should. Most definitely should…
He is arguably the greatest crooner of all time. If you don’t know what a Crooner is–sweet mercy, just tell me you know what a crooner is!? Regardless, if Sinatra was silk, Andy Williams was satin. And these guys were peers. Friends. Favor-pullers. You’re definitely familiar with his version of It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year–the Christmas classic, which he recorded in 1963. …and of course, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, which is synonymous with Audrey Hepburn, as it is Andy Williams.
To say the least–Andy Williams was always in great company.
He’s still with us. I keep speaking about him in past tense. Doctor’s have explained to the legend, who has spent 75 years in show business, that there is nothing more they can do for his cancer, which began in his bladder and has become a nuisance that will claim his life. After seeking treatment in Houston, TX, and Los Angeles, Andy Williams has returned to his home in Branson, MO, where he has enjoyed his career revival by building a Moon River Theatre, and allowing audiences to just come to him. His peers called him crazy–and perhaps he was…crazy like a fox. It was an enormous success.
He has maintained his dignity and grace, even through the suffering that is associated with the horrible disease. He has asked everyone to simply remember him when he’s gone through the music that he loved throughout his life. His wife and three children are with him to share the time they have left.
Having met the man, I can easily state, he is a definitive example of what celebrity should be.