Unity Club hears book report on Andy Williams



March 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Rose Mary Riley entertained 19 members of Unity Club at her home March 26.

Norma Stahl reviewed the book, “Moon River and Me,” by Andy Williams, a memoir by one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of the 20th century.

Howard Andrew Williams was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa. He started singing with his older brothers when he was 4 years old. The four brothers spent much of their youth singing as a group and traveling across the country, stopping to perform where their father thought they would be successful.

In 1952, at age 24, Andy started on his own when the other brothers decided to follow different careers. President Ronald Reagan declared Andy’s voice “a national treasure” after Williams charted 18 gold and platinum albums and had headlined at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for over 20 years.

Television specials, The Andy Williams Christmas Show, with his entire family still occupy a tender spot in the hearts of Baby Boomers.

Williams moved to Branson, Mo., and built his own theater, Moon River, which opened May 1, 1992. He was still performing at Moon River until near his death in 2012.

The next meeting is April 9 at the Foundry at Broadway and Kentucky streets. Barb Ha-fer will give the program and Mary Joseph will be hostess.