Today’s music video is Music To Watch Girls By from Andy Williams, who sadly passed away during the week.
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Sadly, during the week, we lost another of those singers who sang the songs we grew up with. Andy Williams passed away after a battle with Cancer, and he was 84.
Andy is probably best remembered for singing Moon River, which was his theme song for many decades. Ironically though, that song was not released by Andy Williams as a Single. He did record the song for an LP in 1961, and he sang the movie version at the Academy Awards ceremony for that year, where the song won the Oscar for best Original Song for writers Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, and made for the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s where it was sung by Audrey Hepburn. The song also won the Grammy Award for the same year.
Andy also sang the beginning of the song as part of the intro for his long running TV variety show, and that’s why he is best remembered for this particular song.
Andy Williams had a very long career in the music business, and during that career, he made 42 Albums, of which 17 were certified as Gold records, with 3 of those going Platinum. One of those albums, Days Of Wine And Roses spent 16 weeks as the Number One Album.
He also came out with a huge number of Singles, and of all of them, 12 made it into the Top Ten with his 1957 song Butterfly, his only Number One on the National Charts.
He also was in high demand for singing movie themes, and two of those songs also charted well for him as Single releases, the theme from the movie Love Story (Where Do I Begin) in 1971, and the Love Theme From The Godfather (Speak Softly Love) in 1972.
In 1967, my first year in the Royal Australian Air Force, Andy has a pretty big hit here in Australia with the song I have featured today, Music To Watch Girls By. While the song only just made it into the National Top 40 in the U.S. the song was a Top Five hit here in Australia.
The song was written by Bob Crewe, who recorded and released the song as an Instrumental in the big band style. Andy picked the song up as a cover and released it with lyrics, and it became a surprise hit for him. The version I have featured today is Andy singing the song with a dance troupe and is taken from his own popular TV variety show.
As young men, well really still only boys, the song was popular with most of us at the time.
Because of the association with young men, this song has attracted a number of versions of the song at the You Tube site, most of them featuring Andy singing the sing, but all overlaid with images of beautiful women from the last decades since the song has come out.
I have included one of those video clips, not just to look at the pretty girls, well maybe, but because this extended version features not only the Andy Williams cover, but the original by The Bob Crewe Generation.
Andy Williams is another of those voices we grew up with that is now no longer with us.
Vale Andy Williams.
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