The world has lost a great voice—Andy Williams passed away last night at the age of 84. Just last November, Mr. Williams told his fans that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, but was clearly very optimistic, as he expected to return to performing this year, assuredly in time for his famed Christmas show. Alas—it was not to be.
If you’ve heard Andy sing in the past few years, you know he’s barely missed a note; the man’s famously gorgeous, rich, resonant voice sounded just as beautiful as it always had. Best of all, it was so easy to hear that Williams truly loved singing—no matter the mood of the song, he was incapable of concealing the great joy he had in exercising his gift.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children, Robert, Noelle, and Christian. My prayers are with them, especially as I’m sure by this time every year he was very much involved in putting the final touches on the Christmas show at his Moon River Theatre.
After the cut is a terrific Andy Williams song from 1967, one that was a surprise hit—”Music To Watch Girls By”. A friend introduced me to it last year, and I was hooked immediately after getting over my surprise that this was indeed the fine voice of The Andy Williams, Mr. Christmas to me, I was hearing. It’s a catchy and fun tune, not the skilled crooning we’re used to hearing from Andy. He was (ugh, how awful to be typing in the past tense referring to him!) more versatile than people give him credit for.
Rest in peace, Andy.