THE KING OF EASY LISTENING passed away this week and as tributes to his life flowed across the airways, I think of the countless hours I heard his music on our kitchen radio in Pennsylvania.
During the 1960s, when radio was the main contact point to mainstream media in our home, Williams had become one of the most popular vocalists in the States and was signed to what was at that time the biggest recording contract in history. At one time, he had earned more gold albums than any solo performer except Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley. By the time I finished high school, Andy Williams had earned 18 gold album awards. Some of the tracks from those albums are in the clip below.
Easy Listening is a genre in the sound track of my life.