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Far more popular in the U.K. than in his native South Africa or the U.S., Danny Williams was an accomplished ballad singer whose career is given a strong overview in the form of this disc, originally released in 1997 and then reissued in 2006. The compilation sticks to his early-'60s material and features many of his U.K. hits, including a version of "Moon River" that Nat King Cole viewed as unsurpassable. (Cole turned down an opportunity to record the song for that reason.) "White on White," his only charting single in the U.S. — which, ironically failed to chart in the U.K. — is also included here.

Biography

Born: 07 January 1942 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Singer Danny Williams earned the nickname "Britain's Johnny Mathis" for his smooth and stylish way with a ballad. All of his hits occurred in the U.K., with the exception of one, "White on White." The single landed in the Top 10 in the U.S. in 1964, but ironically it bombed in the U.K. A native of South Africa, the vocalist stepped to the forefront of his church choir at the age of six, when he was tapped as a soloist. By the age of 14, he competed for a spot in a production called Golden City Dixies,...
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