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Merry Christmas

Andy Williams

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Album Review

Chances are that when Andy Williams released his first holiday album in 1963, he had no idea that his name would soon become synonymous with Christmas. The success of the album along with his Christmas television specials became traditional listening and viewing for many families in the years (and even decades) that followed. In 1965, Williams further enhanced his "Mr. Christmas" moniker by releasing a second seasonal collection, Merry Christmas. Although the album did not contain a definitive hit song like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," it was another well-rounded set of traditional favorites that became a perfect companion to the Andy Williams Christmas Album. The overall tone of Merry Christmas is a bit quieter than the first album but there are still a few lively moments as in the breezy opening "Sleigh Ride," where an infectious "jing-a-ling, jing-jing-a-ling" is sung behind Williams' satiny voice. "Christmas Holiday" was probably meant to be this set's "Most Wonderful Time," but it never caught on in the same way despite having an exciting arrangement and vocal performance. Williams' dark reading of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music helped to turn the non-holiday oriented song into a Christmas standard while a delicate "Some Children See Him" and the joyous "The Bells of St. Mary's" round out an album that is sung to perfection. Williams would go on to release other holiday collections, but none of them would capture the magical memories created by Merry Christmas and its predecessor. Thanks to good timing, excellent selections, and a voice that makes one feel warm and at home, Andy Williams recorded not just one, but two perennial classics that will be heard for generations to come.

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The Best

Andy Williams is the best Christmas signer ever. Buy this ablum, and his other Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas album.

If I was forced to choose only 1 album...

this would be it. It is the ultimate Christmas album. Great voice, wonderful arrangements. These songs are so good I can listen to this album any time of the year!

Merry Christmas ~ Andy is singing !! *~*

The Christmas season begins with Andy singing in the background. I have own the album, the 8 track, the cassette, and the CD(s)... Of which I misplaced :( and/or someone "borrowed." I HAVE to have this album...it was played in my house. In my own home my family grew up with it playing every year; even as we went to cut down our Christmas tree my daughter would get her "Lil' Tikes" cassette player in the car so we could listen to it alllllll those years ago ( and that continued until she got married ) !! Sweet memories ~ and you can't replace those, they are tooooo precious !! I have many Christmas albums as I love Christmas music. BUT Andy is a staple in our wonderful Christmas Season !!
Merry Christmas to everyone, and remember what Christmas is REALLY all about !! ~Kathy Kane Hansen~

Biography

Born: December 3, 1928 in Wall Lake, IA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An engaging crooner, TV personality, and entrepreneur, Andy Williams was one of the most bankable and popular singers of his era. With his laid-back delivery, supple voice, and amiable charm, Williams rode a wave of success that took him from a childhood vocal act with his brothers to worldwide fame as a solo artist, eventually finding latter-day success as a theater impresario in Branson, Missouri. Though he started out as a crooner in the post-Frank Sinatra style, his wide-ranging taste in music...
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