In Praise of Andy Williams

Andy Williams has died. And that makes me feel sad and nostalgic.

I’ve been an Andy Williams fan my whole life. Apart from that voice and the perfect timing, there’s something about the knowing glint in his eye that just makes me laugh.

And don’t get me started on the “Christmas Specials”.

Andy’s particular brand of high camp was hilarious. Anyone who can sing straight-faced whilst wearing a crazy holiday sweater and driving a sleigh or ice-skating with the Osmonds  just commands respect.

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite Andy moments. Pull up an easy chair, mix yourself a Martini, and revel in the genius that was Andy Williams.

Andy Williams sang Ave Maria and The Battle Hymn of the Republic at his friend Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1968. It was, he said, the hardest thing he ever did. This clip has the audio from that day, but no picture.

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