RIP Andy Williams: A British Tribute

Andy Williams

When a worldwide giant of popular music dies, there’s often a scramble to try and localise their impact, to claim that person not only as an international star, but as someone whose music touched people right where they live. Andy Williams, the singer of deathlessly great songs like “Moon River” and “Music To Watch Girls By” and of course “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” died today, and despite the fact that he didn’t tour, preferring to give concerts at his own Moon River theater in Branson, his passing will be felt on a very personal level by British fans, French fans, American fans, music fans of all nationalities, from all nationalities.

So, by way of wonky British tribute to a singer of astonishing weightlessness, here’s the (English) Beat covering his “Can’t Get Used To Losing You,” and unlikely (but great) chart hit in the UK from 1983:

And here’s the man himself, giving John Lennon’s “Imagine” what for:

Hats off, everyone.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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