About The Andy Williams Show
Andy Williams was already celebrating a quarter century in show business when he launched his NBC variety show in 1962. The Iowa native got his start at age 10 in a quartet with his brothers and launched a solo recording career in 1953, but it was his rendition of “Moon River” at the 1962 Oscars that helped earn him his first weekly primetime series.
When it came to old school troupers, there was nobody better. Williams mastered every musical genre in duets with the top singers of the day. He demonstrated flawless comedic timing playing straight man to popular comedians. But it was his commitment to broad sketch comedy that helped The Andy Williams Show stand out from its contemporaries. Absurdist comic Jonathan Winters, the show’s most frequent guest, “could have been on 100 times” Williams said.
The Andy Williams Show also helped popularize The Osmonds, a brother act that reminded the host of his own musical origins in the late 1930s. Williams ended the regular series after five seasons, but continued performing until just months before his death in 2012 at age 84.
Notable guest stars: Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., David McCallum, Shirley Bassey, Roddy McDowall, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
Produced by Bob Finkel, Edward Stephenson.