"So Mancini and Mercer played this song for me, which I thought was great. But my record company was really into singles then, and they said: 'I don't think phrases like 'my Huckleberry friend' will make it with the kids — they won't know what it means.'"
But about four weeks before the 1962 Academy Awards program, he recalled, "I was invited to sing 'Moon River' on the Oscars show, and Columbia Records decided we ought to rush a 'Moon River' album into the stores, because that tune looked like a shoo-in for the 'best song' Oscar.
"So they quickly put out an album, had it in the stores on the day of the Oscars, and the next morning it sold 500,000 copies."
When Andy Williams dubbed Lauren Bacall
When I saw the Engish Beat play in Auckland last month, they did their great version of Williams' tune Cant Get Used To Losing You. The whole venue sang along to every word. It was quite splendid.
Andy Williams on The Muppet Show, hat tip Brooklyn Vegan