Editor’s note: My mother went to high school with Andy Williams, who was born in Iowa but finished high school at University High in West Los Angeles. We kept her high-school yearbook (“Chieftains.”) Here’s the L.A. Times obituary on Andy Williams:
“Andy Williams, whose soothing baritone and relaxed performing style made him one of America’s top pop vocalists and a popular TV variety-show host in the 1960s when he recorded hits such as “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” has died. He was 84,” as the Los Angeles Time is reporting
“Williams, who announced in late 2011 that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., his family announced.
“The Iowa-born Williams began singing professionally as a boy with his three older brothers in the 1930s, and he went solo when the quartet broke up in the early `50s.
“After becoming a regular featured singer on Steve Allen’s “Tonight” show in 1954, Williams had hits with songs such as “Canadian Sunset,” “Butterfly,” “Are You Sincere,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and “The Village of St. Bernadette.”‘
The rest of the article is here.
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