The world has lost a superb entertainer and an all-around good and
gentle man with the passing of the beloved Andy Williams.
Alas, the distinguished and genteel crooners like Mr. Williams, Mel
Torme, Perry Como, and Rudy Vallee have become a vanishing breed.
Andy Williams brought so much great and wholesome entertainment to us
through a tremendous number of varied television appearances over a period of decades. Perhaps he will be most fondly and affectionately remembered for his special Christmas shows, which always got us into the spirit of that beautiful
season through the talent of the artists, the handsome Williams family,
lovely music, and clean comedy.
One never had to worry about embarrassing moments when an Andy
Williams television show was viewed by the family, no reason to expect inappropriate themes or the crude and coarse language and behavior that seem to be de rigeur in so much of the slop that passes for entertainment in this, the "enlightened" age.
Rest in peace, Andy. You had a wonderful, complete, and fulfilling
life, but you left us the eternal gift of your good nature, artistry,
and meaningful words and tunes that shall always be in our minds and