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Andy Williams: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the ‘Moon River’ Crooner
Posted By Patrick Kiger On September 26, 2012 @ 1:41 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
If you grew up in the late 1960s, odds are that you remember watching The Andy Williams Show with your parents and marveling at how unexpectedly funky that venerable gentleman with the silky baritone sounded when he sang Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life.”
But Williams, who died yesterday at his home in Branson, Mo., at age 84 , was an entertainer who made a career of out of surprising and delighting successive generations with his versatility.
The small-town Iowa native started his singing career as a child in the 1930s in a live-AM radio quartet with his three older brothers. By the 1950s, he was a regular featured performer on Steve Allen’s Tonight show, and had a chart-topping hit imitating Elvis Presley with “Butterfly”  before becoming known as crooner of languid romantic ballads such as “Hawaiian Wedding Song.”  In the 1960s and early 1970s, he hosted two popular TV variety shows of his own, gradually morphing into an upbeat pop singer who looked as good in a casual sweater as he had in a crisply tailored suit and tie. As an impresario, he gave the Osmond Brothers their start on TV in the early 1960s, and later featured rock performers such as Elton John and Linda Ronstadt. In the 1990s, he opened his own theater  in Branson.
Here are five surprising tidbits about one of America’s enduringly most popular singers.
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 who died yesterday at his home in Branson, Mo., at age 84: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-andy-williams-20120927,0,509480.story
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 “Butterfly”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq0vx6_Ytq4
 “Hawaiian Wedding Song.”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibkB47OAt6c
 opened his own theater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO5wJfMcjho
 Moon River and Me: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=CgmbrZ8YYeUC&rdid=book-CgmbrZ8YYeUC&rdot=1&source=gbs_vpt_read
 nightclub-singing scene : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfuUu5xmMA
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 “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVF6uFanJxs
 recalled: http://books.google.com/books?id=heUajShiIFAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bacall+autobiography&source=bl&ots=Z76Ks5T2YA&sig=YC33iJZP2oRd-cJvaLgNZCFNDdI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FTljUM2KHYr89gT-z4G4DA&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22andy%20williams%22&f=false
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