THE ANDY WILLIAMS COLLECTION

Andy Williams (1927—2012) was an American singer with a career spanning more than seven decades. In 1938 he and his three older brothers joined forces to become the Williams Brothers quartet. They sang with Bing Crosby on a hit record (“Swinging on a Star”) and appeared in four musical films. In 1947, the brothers became (singer, actor, composer, author and vocal arranger) Kay Thompson’s backup singers—they debuted with her in Las Vegas and within a year were the world’s highest-paid nightclub acts. [At MGM Kay was the vocal coach to Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne who many other stars.] After Andy launched his solo career in 1953, Kay coached him and wrote many songs and arrangements for him, including “Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells” (available to rent on the Christmas Songs page).

During his prolific career Andy recorded 43 albums—15 went gold and 3 went platinum; his worldwide record sales topped 100 million. From 1962 to 1971 he hosted “The Andy Williams Show,” a television variety show which won three Emmy awards. His frequent Christmas specials and eight Christmas albums earned Williams the appellation “Mr. Christmas.” He is, perhaps, most remembered for his rendition of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River.” In 1992, to honor the song, he named his theater in Branson, Missouri “The Moon River Theater.” Andy was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2008, he received the “Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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The recording features Jeremy Jordan singing (in a live performance) with the Corpus Christi Pops in the Park in 2018.

AUTHORS: “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” Music by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster; “Mona Lisa” Music and Lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston; “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; “All The Way” Music by Jimmy Van Heusen, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn; “Moon River” Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Arranged by Johnny Mandel
KEYS: “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing:” F; “Mona Lisa:” F; “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe:” C; “All the Way:” G-flat going to G; “Moon River:” E-flat
INSTRUMENTATION: 1(=Picc) 2.2.2.A(=Fl+Picc), A(=AltFl)T, T(=Bn) (=BsCl) 4 Hns, 3 Tpts, 3 Tbns(3rd is BsTbn), Tuba; 3 Perc(4.2.1)[Timp, Glock, BsDr, Xylo, SnDrum, Sus Cym, Crash Cym, Bongos, Triangle[opt]]. Hp, Pno, Gtr, Rhythm Bs, Drum Kit, Voc, Strings (11.Vla1-2(4.4).Clo1-2(4.4).2

Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David
Arranged by Nick DeCaro
KEY: C Major
INSTRUMENTATION: AltSx/2.2.2.0, Perc(3)(Timp, Vibes); Hp, Pno; 3Gtrs, Rhythm Bs, Drs, Vocal Group; Strings (6,5,4,4,2)

Music by Nino Rota, Lyrics by Larry Kusik & Eddie Snyder
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Music & Lyrics by Jerome “Doc” Pomus and Mort Shuman
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Music & Lyrics by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
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Music & Lyrics by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
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Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Orchestrated by Dave Grusin
KEY: F
INSTRUMENTATION: 1,0,4(IV=BsClar( / 3,3,2,0 / Drs,Gtr / Strings

Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
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Music & Lyrics by Charles E. King
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Music by George Cory, Lyrics by Douglass Cross
Arranged by Johnny Mandel, Orchestration recreated by Mark Lopeman:
KEY: C
INSTRUMENTATION: R1:Flute; R2:Cl,AltoSax; R3:Cl,TenorSax; R4:Cl,TenorSax; R5:BsCl,BariSax / 0,4,3,0 / Drums, Timp / Gtr, Pno, Hp / Strings

Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Music by Maurice Jarre, Lyeics by Paul Francis Webster
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Music by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Music by Francis Lai, Lyrics by Carl Sigman
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Music by Henry Mancini, Lyric by Johnny Mercer
Arranged by Artie Butler, Orchestrated by Patrick Russ
KEYS: C going to D-flat, also D-flat going to D
INSTRUMENTATION: 2,2(2nd=EH),2,2 / 4,3,3,1 / Timp, Perc:[Vibes,Glock,SusCym,Chimes], Piano, Guitar, Rhythm Bass, Drums / Harp / Strings

Music & Lyrics by Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
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Music by Sid Ramin, Lyrics by Tony Velona
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Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
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Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David
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Music by Michel Legrand, Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
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Holly-Mistletoe
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