Monthly Archives: September 2009

But comes the dawn. . .

Andy Williams, a lifelong Republican whose hits include Moon River and Music To Watch Girls By, told the Radio Times he thought Mr Obama wanted to turn the US into a “socialist country”.
The 81-year-old was a friend of the Kennedy family during the 1960s and was present at the Los Angeles rally where Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.
“I was very close to Bobby and he asked me to be a delegate for him when he ran for president,” he said.
“He knew about me being a Republican, but just laughed and said, ‘Sign yourself in as a Democrat and then change back afterwards’. Sadly, I never got to do that.
“I was very close to Teddy Kennedy, too, and his death recently brought it all back. What a tragedy. Had he lived, I think Bobby would have been a great president.”
But Williams had a less favourable opinion of the current president.
“Don’t like him at all,” he said, “I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist.
“Obama is following Marxist theory. He’s taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail.”

Love the references to the Kennedy brothers, don’t you? They don’t cover your wingnut hysteria dear.
But then you’ve had such a curious career.

“Howard Andrew “Andy” or “Paul” Williams (born December 3, 1927) is an American pop singer. Andy Williams has recorded 18 gold and three platinum certified albums. When Ronald Reagan was president, he declared Andy’s voice to be “a national treasure”. He had his own popular TV variety show from 1962–71. He also owns his own theater, the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.”

Ah Bramson. The last shop on the show biz line — before the en’tre acte of the dogfights in Tiajuana.
But you have to look at to begin at the REAL beginning.

“After working on The Pirate (1948) with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, she left MGM to create the night club act: “Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers” (Bob, Don, Dick, and Andy Williams). They toured the country’s nightclubs and cabarets with great success and appeared on radio, establishing a loyal cult following with their jazz-based harmonies and flamboyant performance style. Robert Alton did the original choreography for the act.”

Surely Kay is turning over in her grave. How did Andy go from the beating heart of hipsterism to become one of the biggest L7’s the world has ever known? Maybe it as all those years on the tube as a softer mushier Perry Como. Doubtless Ronnie had a hand — or fist.

Or maybe she had something to do with it.

“Williams met French-born Claudine Longet when he pulled over to aid her on a Las Vegas road. She was a dancer at the time at the Folies Bergère. They married on December 15, 1961. The union produced three children, Noelle, Christian, and Robert within the next eight years.”

But then —

“After a lengthy separation, Williams and Longet divorced in 1975. In March 1976, however, when Longet was charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, alpine ski racer Spider Sabich in Aspen, Williams played a public role in the subsequent events, escorting her to and from the courtroom, testifying to her character at the trial, and providing legal assistance. Longet claimed the shooting was accidental, and eventually received 30 days in jail, which was served at her convenience. Shortly thereafter, Longet vacationed in Mexico with her defense attorney Ron Austin, whom she married in June 1985. They continue to reside in the Aspen area.”

How sweet. A wonder she hasn’t thought of reviving her career. She could surely do something in Bramson. And I know the perfect role for her.

As for you, how about going on the road with Sarah Palin? I’ve got the perfect number for you. And I’m sure Kay would approve — musically anyway