Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Andy Williams dead at 84 of bladder cancer in Branson, Missouri

Williams had a big hit in Can't Get Used To Losing You with its marvelous pizzicato introduction, but it was his smash cover of "Moon River" that led to his long-running NBC variety show.

Williams, who popularized the Osmonds on his TV show, got scandalous payback and collateral ridicule when his ex-wife, Claudine Longet, shot the ski instructor with whom she had been having an affair.

Below, Williams performs the filthiest pop hit of the 1950s, Lollipop, with the Chordettes, whose schtick was that they were basically a female barbershop quartet. 

Yes, those were the Everly Brothers at the end of the clip, seemingly wishing they were anywhere else. Here they are, singing Love is Strange into the same microphone:

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