For one generation he was the voice of the ’60s… and later generations were lucky to have discovered him, too.
By Fred Mills
How many of you heard “Moon River” for the first time at an R.E.M. concert? After Michael Stipe told you it was an Andy Williams signature, did you go ask your parents who Andy Williams was?
The legendary crooner and hit TV series host died yesterday, Sept. 25, after losing a battle with bladder cancer. Williams, 84, was perhaps not as cool as Tony Bennert or as iconic as Frank Sinatra, but he was a musical force to be reckoned with. He notched hits throughout the ’60s and ’70s, at one point hosting The Andy Williams Show – a favorite of yours truly’s parents, incidentally, which is how I came to be familiar with his silver tongue and golden throat early on – and continuing to perform until last year when he received the cancer diagnosis.
Let us pay tribute: