Moon River and Me
By Andy Williams
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670021178, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
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A remarkable memoir by one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of the twentieth century
When in the mid-1950s Andy Williams reached a low point in his career, singing in dives to ever-smaller audiences, the young man from Wall Lake, Iowa, had no inkling of the success he would one day achieve. Before being declared a national treasure by President Ronald Reagan, Williams would chart eighteen gold and three platinum albums, headline at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for more than twenty years, and host an enormously popular weekly television variety show whose Christmas specials still occupy a tender spot in every baby boomer’s heart.
Williams knew everybody who was anybody during his seven remarkable decades in show business (including Judy Garland, John Huston, Jack Lemmon, John Lennon, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Barbra Streisand, among others) and was a close friend of Bobby Kennedy for many years, and he shares memories of them all in Moon River and Me. His millions of fans guarantee a huge audience for the autobiography of the plush baritone who— at the age of eighty-one—still draws thousands of fans to his Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri.
Andy Williams has been one of the world's best-loved vocalists and entertainers since he began his professional career nearly seventy years ago. Known as the King of Hearts, the Emperor of Easy, and Mr. Moon River, he divides his time between La Quinta, California, and Branson, Missouri.
His career is filled with highs — radio and television stardom — and lows — scraping by on dog food and obscure gigs in seedy nightclubs. Upon the release of a new book, the great entertainer speaks on all seven decades of his life in show business. More at NPR.org
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