The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports


October 8, 2012

Andy Williams, last of the great crooners


There are still a few of the old-style crooners out there swinging for the fences. Jack Jones remains one of the most suave of all male crooners at age 74. And Bobby Vinton and Johnny Mathis, now both 77, each continue to sell out concert halls from coast to coast. And both are still in fine form and voice.

As many know, I host an oldies show on WSRK FM103.9 every Thursday night (since 1997). On the day we reported Andy Williams’ death I was prepared to do a mini-tribute to him on my show. I hadn’t listened to his records in a very long time.

When the “ON AIR” light came on that night I started the show with “Moon River.” I had my headphones turned way up and was completely surprised by the reaction I had to hearing this song for the first time in decades. The lush background vocals, the shimmering Henry Mancini instrumentals, and then, as if from a distance, I heard it. A soaring, boyish voice lightly adorning the violins with a pure tone that was positively intoxicating.

Williams essayed Johnny Mercer’s timeless lyrics in an ethereal yet powerful manner. I was lost in the song as I sat there in my dimly lit studio. I closed my eyes as the performance in my headphones swept over me. There I was again dancing up close with the girl with the pony tail at my Sidney High School sock hop in the ‘60s.

I was transformed through time to my living room in my childhood home, watching and laughing along with my parents at the antics and goings-on on the Andy Williams Variety Show. I found myself briefly transfixed by the image of Andy Williams singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” next to the closed casket holding Robert F. Kennedy’s body. There was Andy kibitzing with the charming Osmond boys later, and then his theater in Branson, Mo., of the same name as the very song I was listening too. I never did make it down to the “Moon River Theater.”

Text Only
Big Chuck D'Imperio
Cary Brunswick

Chuck Pinkey
Guest Column

Lisa Miller

Mark Simonson
Rick Brockway

Sam Pollak
William Masters
  • Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

Additional Content
Join the Debate
Additional Resources
CNHI News Service

Do you plan to attend the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction?

Not sure
     View Results