Branson, MO (Vocus) November 4, 2008
Andy Williams, five-time Grammy Award nominee and one of America’s most beloved singers, announced a star-studded addition to the talent line-up at The Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson for the 2009 season.
Williams shared that Bill Medley, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founding member of the Righteous Brothers, will appear in concert at the Moon River Theatre with zany rockers, Paul Revere and the Raiders. The shows are scheduled for selected dates form April through October, 2009. Williams also announced that rock n’ roll pioneers, Bill Haley’s Original Comets, will appear in matinee performances from April through August.
At the launching press conference, Williams stated, “I have always been a fan of these guys and now I get to see them every day at my theatre. This is a great thing for Branson!”
Bill Medley, who along with long-time Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield, created “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, a song which has been touted as the most played tune in radio history. Other chart toppers include "(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”, “Ebb Tide” and “Unchained Melody”. Teaming with Jennifer Warnes, Medley recorded the mega-hit “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.
Often cited as the comedy princes of rock n’ roll, Paul Revere and the Raiders, are best known for their smash hits “Kicks”, “Hungry”, “Good Thing”, and their blockbuster “Indian Reservation”. Fans around the world have dubbed them as one of the favorite live onstage performance groups.
Bill Haley’s Original Comets have been rocking the world since the early 1950’s when they produced never-to-be-forgotten hits such as “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Rock Around the Clock”, and “See You Later Alligator”. Fifty years later,known as one of the early originators of Rock n’ Roll, haven't lost a beat as they perform to audiences in North America and Europe.
Medley shared, “We love Branson so much that we’ve bought homes here. The fans are great. And how could it get any better than appearing at Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre. It’s going to be a fun 2009!”
Williams, now in his sixteenth year at Branson’s Moon River Theatre, is best known for a string of hit songs including his first Top 10 hit "Canadian Sunset." Soon to follow were "Butterfly," "Lonely Street," and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song", for which he received the first of his five Grammy Award Nominations. But it was "Moon River," the Oscar winning song from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, that became the American singing icon’s signature. “Days of Wine and Roses” became his all-time biggest chart hit spending an incredible 16 weeks at #1 and staying on the charts for over 100 weeks. His body of recordings have earned 18 gold and 3 platinum certified albums.
Millions of Americans came to know Andy Williams through his stellar television career. For 2 years he appeared on Steve Allen's ‘Tonight Show’. He had regular appearances on "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" and, in during the 1958 season he presented thirteen episodes of "The Chevy Showroom with Andy Williams." In 1959, CBS chose him to host a thirteen week series of variety programs, after which he began presenting one-hour television specials. The first, "Music from Shubert Alley," was presented by NBC on November 13, 1959. Debuting in September 1963, “The Andy Williams Show” ran for nine years on NBC and garnered three Emmy Awards for Best Musical/Variety Series (1966, 1967, and 1969). His famous Christmas specials, featuring the entire Williams family, were soon to follow. Never content to sit still, Williams headlined at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for twenty years and toured England, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Asia, breaking attendance records wherever he appeared.
In May of 1992 he opened the $12 million state-of-the-art Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri. He was the first non-country music performer to move into the small Ozark’s town that would come to be known as the ‘live music capital of the world.’
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