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Moon River And Me

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Andy Williams is one of the greatest singers of all time. During a remarkable career spaning eight decades, he has sold over 100 million albums, hosted a hugely successful TV show and worked with a roll-call of showbusiness legends that included Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Now for the first time Andy tells the whole remarkable story. An Iowa farm boy who grew up during the Great Depression, Andy began performing at the age of seven as one quarter of the Williams Brothers. After going solo, he endured his wilderness years, barely scraping a living in 'rust-belt' supper clubs - to re-emerge as one of the greatest television and recording stars of his era. The Andy Williams Show topped TV ratings around the world, and a string of smash hits, including his signature tune Moon River, went on to earn him eighteen gold and three platinum discs. Still singing, still holding audiences in the palm of his hand, Andy Williams looks back on an extraordinary showbusiness life. Revelatory, honest, funny and touching, Moon River is the inspiring autobiography of an icon.
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The remarkable life story of the legendary singer, from impoverished Iowa farm boy to superstardom.

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Andy Williams was born in rural Iowa in 1927. His solo career began in 1952, since when he has headlined for twenty years at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, hosted one of the most successful and long-running TV shows ever, and toured sell-out concert venues around the world. In the 1990s, Andy designed and built his own state-of-the-art venue, The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he still performs. With his wife Debbie, he divides his time between homes in Branson and La Quinta, California.


Pop icon Williams's memoir is an entertaining look at a show-business life that began in Iowa and progressed steadily to a worldwide career. After the Williams Brothers Quartet (Andy Williams and his three brothers) broke up in the early 1950s, Williams went out on his own, at first with little success. Eventually, he was given his own television variety show in 1962 and became one of the best-known pop crooners in the post-World War II era. His book is a treasure trove of anecdotes from the celebrity world. He was acquainted with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Chico Marx, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Fred MacMurray; Williams was a fast friend of Robert and Ethel Kennedy. The singer's fans will be absorbed by his accounts of his early years in the Midwest and Hollywood, his marriage to Claudine Longet and his role in her trial for manslaughter, and his therapeutic use of LSD. Verdict An entertaining read for those who love celebrity biographies or autobiographies, especially those who remember the pop scene in the 1950s and 1960s.-Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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