It seems that all of the men I admired in my childhood of being genuine, honest men have passed away, my father, Andy Griffith, and now Andy Williams.They all passed away in their eighties after living fulfilled lives.
Andy Williams was born December 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa. He passed away September 25, 2012 in Branson, Missouri. He was still performing at his Moon River Theater in Branson, drawing in the crowds. Williams had 18 gold record and three platinum hits and in his peak years was a regular on television with his own variety series.
When I think of Andy Williams, I remember his silky, perfect pitched voice singing his signature song,“Moon River.” Moon River was written by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. I wanted to learn how to play the piano so I could master this song! I just finished playing it in his honor. Hope you heard me, Andy.
I also remember Andy’s numerous TV Christmas specials and him singing, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral after the U.S. senator from New York was assassinated during the 1968 presidential campaign.
He is also noted for these songs, “Born Free,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” “Solitaire,” “Music to Watch Girls By,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and the theme from the 1970 movie hit “Love Story.”
Rest in peace, Andy. I can envision you and Audrey Hepburn having breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Until next time,