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LurkerInNJ
09-26-2012, 09:53 AM
Bladder cancer. Damn. He was one of my favorites.

Hypno-Toad
09-26-2012, 10:36 AM
Bummer. Link (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/09/26/andy-williams-dies-bladder-cancer-at-age-84/).

tdn
09-26-2012, 10:44 AM
Wow. I used to love his show when I was a kid.

lieu
09-26-2012, 10:54 AM
Here's (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/publicist-emmy-winning-tv-host-moon-river-crooner-andy-williams-died-article-1.1168520) a pretty good summary of his career, one of many sure to come. And what a career it was.

Two Many Cats
09-26-2012, 10:54 AM
Nelson Muntz will be so sad...

Cartooniverse
09-26-2012, 11:08 AM
So will Ron Howard.

Chefguy
09-26-2012, 11:17 AM
My high school senior class picked Moon River as its graduating song (as I'm sure many others did). The guy was smooth.

astorian
09-26-2012, 11:17 AM
I watched his TV variety show every Saturday night, and this was one of my favorite moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw

AK84
09-26-2012, 11:18 AM
I read it as John Williams had died.
Still, RIP.

TriPolar
09-26-2012, 11:31 AM
Used to watch the show when I was a kid. I remember the comedy more than the music. And the bear.

Khadaji
09-26-2012, 11:41 AM
My Mom was a big fan. I only sorta remember a Christmas special with him.

salinqmind
09-26-2012, 11:52 AM
Aw, always liked him, even if he did have that thing with Claudine Longet.

I read his autobiography not long ago. He and his brothers got their start as a sort of boy band back in the 40's. There was always a question of whether it was Andy Williams lip-syncing a song Lauren Bacall sang in a movie. Neither of them really knew whose voice was ultimately used!

RIP.

Shoeless
09-26-2012, 12:19 PM
I read it as John Williams had died.
Still, RIP.

I was thinking Andy Griffith and thought "didn't we just do this about a month ago?"

I was never a big fan but I think my folks had an album or two of his. Maybe a Christmas album? RIP Andy.

Chefguy
09-26-2012, 12:47 PM
I watched his TV variety show every Saturday night, and this was one of my favorite moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw

That was. . .amazing. Three super talents, none of whom is trying to steal the moment.

John DiFool
09-26-2012, 01:16 PM
I recall that bear that used to chase him around and generally give him grief.

Slithy Tove
09-26-2012, 02:01 PM
Which triggers another sad memory: the bear was played by the stuntman Janos Prohaska, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janos_Prohaska) who did gorillas, etc. While playing a caveman he was killed with the rest of the cast in a plane crash.

It was for a documentary "Up From the Apes," which included a segment on the theory that our ancestors evolved from the rest of the apes because they hung out at the beach: our nostrils are horizontal to keep the water out, women have long hair for the kids to hang onto in the water, etc. I'm sure we had a thread on it once.

Jake
09-26-2012, 02:13 PM
That was. . .amazing. Three super talents, none of whom is trying to steal the moment.
Beautiful. Perfect.

BrotherCadfael
09-26-2012, 02:25 PM
I was going to come into the thread and note that he dubbed Lauren Bacall's singing in The Big Sleep, but before doing so I checked IMDB, which noted that it was so rumored, but was not in fact true.

He did a very nice version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic back during the Bicentennial. Low-key, but intense.

astorian
09-26-2012, 02:39 PM
I recall that bear that used to chase him around and generally give him grief.

The bear used to come to Andy's house every week, begging for cookies. The sketch always ended with Andy screaming at the top of his lungs, "NO COOKIES! NOT NOW! NOT EVER! NEVER!"


Incidentally, for those who didn't click on my link, it's Andy singing "Scarborough Fair" with his guests, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Years later, I remember hearing Andy say he used to sing that song with his brothers, so it was a treat to sing it with S & G. Andy was from a very different show biz tradition from Paul and Art, but they worked perfectly together on this occasion.

cochrane
09-26-2012, 02:48 PM
No, you can't have a cookie! Not now! Not ever! NEVER!!!

I remember the bear. Janos Prohaska also played the Horta in the Star Trek episode "Devil In the Dark."

Andy was an incredibly talented performer. Besides "Moon River," he also has many other international hits such as "Where Do I Begin? (Theme From Love Story)" and "Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)." I remember watching his show in the 60s and I'm not embarrassed at all to say I bought a ton of his albums. He released an album in 2007 and sounded like a much younger man. His voice was still smooth and easy and you could tell he enjoyed making the album. He was an awesomely talented, personable, and easy-going man and he will be missed. We will not see his likes again.

norvalnormal
09-26-2012, 03:09 PM
Wow I haven't thought of Claudine Longet (she of "Invitational" fame) in a long time ...

Toucanna
09-26-2012, 03:17 PM
I watched his TV variety show every Saturday night, and this was one of my favorite moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw
Three voices, one guitar. Sublime. My jaw dropped in amazement. Goose-flesh on my arms. Thank you ever so much for that link.

NDP
09-26-2012, 03:34 PM
Which triggers another sad memory: the bear was played by the stuntman Janos Prohaska, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janos_Prohaska) who did gorillas, etc. While playing a caveman he was killed with the rest of the cast in a plane crash.

I also remembered the cookie-mooching bear on the show as a kid. However, did Prohaska also do the bear's voice or was that somebody else doing the voice-over?

denquixote
09-26-2012, 03:53 PM
Never liked him except for "The Hawaiian Wedding Song." He and his brothers sang backup for Bing Crosby in "Would You Like To Swing On A Star," another great song, but his criticism of Obama as someone who wants the country to fail makes him sound like he had some sort of mental disease.

cochrane
09-26-2012, 04:27 PM
I also remembered the cookie-mooching bear on the show as a kid. However, did Prohaska also do the bear's voice or was that somebody else doing the voice-over?

I do know that he was born in Hungary and reportedly had a thick accent, so his voice was dubbed, but I couldn't find out the actor who did the speaking.

cochrane
09-26-2012, 04:46 PM
Never liked him except for "The Hawaiian Wedding Song." He and his brothers sang backup for Bing Crosby in "Would You Like To Swing On A Star," another great song, but his criticism of Obama as someone who wants the country to fail makes him sound like he had some sort of mental disease.

I don't know what his political views were and don't care. They were irrelevant to his perfomances and to his legacy.

Chanteuse
09-26-2012, 06:26 PM
I watched his TV variety show every Saturday night, and this was one of my favorite moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw

Wow--I have chills. That was incredible!

panache45
09-26-2012, 09:04 PM
I watched his TV variety show every Saturday night, and this was one of my favorite moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw

Wow! I actually remember seeing this when it aired, over 44 years ago!

RIP.

terentii
09-27-2012, 12:31 AM
I remember the bear. Janos Prohaska also played the Horta in the Star Trek episode "Devil In the Dark."

And the mugatu in "A Private Little War."

More pointless trivia: Claudine Longet was "introduced" to the public in an episode of "Combat!" and was the romantic interest of Ens. Charles Parker in the first McHale's Navy movie.

As I recall, Williams threatened to sue NBC and SNL over the Claudine Longet Invitational bit (which I remember watching back in '75, and I laughed my ass off). SNL issued an on-air apology the following week that was just sincere enough to keep them out of court.

rowrrbazzle
09-27-2012, 12:52 AM
Very sad. What I remember most from the show are the Osmonds. Today I saw a program about Marie Osmond, who will be starting her own talk show on the Hallmark Channel. The program opened with the clip of Williams introducing her on her first appearance on his show--when she was 3.

Oddly enough, for me this was not completely unexpected. A week ago I just happened to see an article saying he was ill with bladder cancer and was cancelling his Branson shows. IIRC the article also said he was just days away from death, but I didn't take that totally seriously--I thought months, maybe.

I'm getting old.

Siam Sam
09-27-2012, 12:59 AM
I used to watch his variety show in the 1960s. It was a big hit with my family. Despite being a Republican, he publicly supported Bobby Kennedy in 1968 before the latter's assassination.

RIP, Andy. :(

rowrrbazzle
09-27-2012, 01:59 AM
I also remember his goofy laugh when cracking corny jokes. A sample from his appearance on "The Muppet Show". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhKuWmKVHi4#t=4m40s

cochrane
09-27-2012, 01:43 PM
When I was a kid, I do know that I wanted to hang out at Andy Williams's house at Christmas time. :) And there would be plenty of cookies, and none for that stupid old bear!

ralph124c
09-27-2012, 05:18 PM
Frankly, all I remember him from was "Moon River".
But a very golden voice it was..RIP.

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