Remembering Andy Williams
I never thought I would write an article about mellow crooner Andy Williams on myFiveBest, but after a request from reader David Dragus, I realized just how important Mr. Williams was to our American lifestyle. If you are not aware, Andy Williams passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the age of 84. To say the man was iconic in American popular culture is a vast understatement. The distinctive tenor embodied the spirit of Christmas for many people with his music. As a tribute to this man, here is a top five list remembering his most beloved music.
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Possibly one of the most recognizable of Andy Williams’ Christmas songs. When I was growing up, trimming the Christmas tree would not be complete without listening to this song while we were hanging tinsel or setting up the model train.
This song, performed at the Academy Awards in 1962, was written by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) and won the award for Best Original song in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffanys” which starred Audrey Hepburn. While it was sung by many people, Andy Williams is the original and best remembered.
THEME FROM LOVE STORY
This song was originally an instrumental piece, but a year after the movie (Where Do I Begin?)Theme from Love Story – which is the actual name of the song – was recorded by Andy Williams and reached #9 on the Billboard charts.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Another one of Andy Williams Christmas songs. This was always perennial favorite during war time. Bing Crosby made it popular during World War 2, but during Vietnam, Andy Williams took up the reins and brought this classic back.
This 1913 song is an Irish favorite heard mostly around St. Patrick’s day. It is set to the tune, “Londonderry Air“. Andy Williams made this song popular in the only way he knew how: pure mellow. Today, it is considered to be the unofficial anthem of Irish-Americans and Irish-Canadians.