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October 17th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
FINALLY WE ARE IN BRANSON....YEAH I KNOW!!!!!! :P
GEEEZ James gave me plenty of grief that I have never heard of BRANSON before. This is my 2nd time in the mid west. The mid west freaks me out. I am don’t really pay attention to the music industry that much. Well, let me rephrase that I DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO “COUNTRY” MUSIC INDUSTRY. James sounded appalled that I did not know about the “VEGAS FO THE MID WEST”. I have heard of the “VEGAS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA”, which is Macau.
We drove for 4hrs to come here.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT:
James and I took photos at the lobby of the hotel.
It was gorgeous weather in Branson. I was happy to wear my “QUEEN” jacket.
Tish and Lynn picked us up at their promotional scion with stickers all over the car with SIX logos, web site addy and #3, because Lynn is the 3rd oldest.
It was great to meet Lynn; James gave me a bit of background on Lynn. She was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. They have 2 kids and they lived in VEGAS, back in 2004 �" 2006. They had shows in the one of the major hotels, I can’t remember.
All of us got acquainted in the car and we laughed and shared our recent travels and future meetups.
I took many photos of the “strip”.
WOW I have never seen so many religious shows and signs.
HAHAHAHA “RIDE THE DUCK”
I saw Dolly Parton’s theater and Andy Williams theater, WOW I can’t believe h is still around singing and performing.
I saw 3 frozen custard parlors.
I saw a chocolat shop and I drooled.
Tish highly recommended BLEU OLIVE. All she talked about is this asiago cheese that is flambéed. YEAH that sounded good.
Tish picked out a restaurant called the BLEU OLIVE, SEE REVIEW BELOW.
We talked and shared James and I knowledge about TB.
When people ask James and I how we met, we just look at each other and say “it complicated” :P
I enjoyed my dinner with Tish and Lynn. They are very nice and fun people.
James was so excited that we were in VIP to watch the show.
We had time to go to the Chocolat store to have goodies for the show.
I bought the 6 piece of $10.95, James and I shared a mocha madness, Aztec gold, thai curry chocolate, vanilla pyramid, solid dark chocolate, and strawberry balsamic infused chocolate.
We took many photos and drooled at the handmade chocolates.
Lynn and the SIX have their own parking spots and numeric as well.
Before coming here, I did not know what to expect. I wanted to be surprised. James had an idea who they are. I just know it’s not country music.
Tish explaining that back in day majority of the music here is country music, currently it is 40% of the shows are country. The next thing you know you will have JAYZ, Justin Timberlake and Madonna will rock out here when they we get older HAHAHAHA :P
Tish escorted us to the second row of the theater.
James and I met Tish and Lynn’s daughter; she was one of the ushers.
They were a big chuck of the theater reserved for the tour buses.
Mainly the audiences are 50 and over.
HERE IS THE SHORT SUMMARY ABOUT “SIX”:
Showcasing music from the 1950's and 1960's and more, the "SIX" uses only their voices to produce all the instrumentation, rhythms, and harmonics of band and vocals.
These guys have shared the stage with Trisha Yearwood, Diana Ross, the Beach Boys, Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, the Doobie Brothers and many others. Their award-winning act has been featured on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines since 1998 and their ratings by its passengers are unrivaled.
Having performed most recently to sell out crowds in Las Vegas, these six brothers have chosen The Hughes Brothers Celebrity Theatre as the place to entertain their Branson audiences.
Tish is so funny, she was talking about her dog that likes to hump a pillow and rip it to shreds. She would show us a photo of the ripped out pillow.
The show started with Lynn singing, I don’t remember what they sang. There were NO INSTRUMENTS too. All you can hear are 2-3 of the brothers make drum and bass sounds with their mouth. They sang a song from each of city they were born.
The show when on for 2hrs with a 15min intermission.
I was speechless with the talent and the humor. It kept you entertained the whole evening.
Barry Knudsen is the eldest and was born in Davenport, Iowa. Kevin Knudsen is second and was born in Farmington, New Mexico.
Even their father, was present in the audience. Their mother died from cancer at 1992 at the very young age . There was a special tribute to her with a video presentation and a song called ”LOVE 10X” written and sang by Lynn.
Even though Owen does all the drums and Jak did the bass, they both had solo performances.
After the show, we waited for Tish and Lynn to close up and writing autographs. Tish hooked us up with CDs and autograph photos of all 6 of them.
It was so cool to see all 6 scions in each in their assigned color and numeric order as well.
We also discovered that the restaurants and dessert parlors were close until 11pm.
I guess everybody’s show ends in the same time. Everybody headed out to the nearest frozen custard shop. Unfortunately, I wanted some but ANDY’S did not have sugar free.
I did not want to go home just yet. Tish and Lynn are such good company. I just wanted to go somewhere to sit and talk.
We all ended up in Andy William’s moon river grill, yup named after his song.
It’s amazing at 78 years old he still entertains.
We were joined by the father of SIX, Kevin and Barry.
We ended up having their late night snack. James and I ordered and shared a chicken quesadilla. Tish and Lynn both shared chips and salsa.
There was a band there was funny and talented as well. the woman at the piano was playing a trumpet in one hand and piano in the other.
We hung out there under they close the restaurant which is about 1am.
James and I plan to drive out early back to Saint Louis to see the ARCH before they close.
MORE MEMORIES TO ADD AS I REMEMBER AND HERE ARE MORE PHOTOS OF THIS DAY AT JAMES’ BLOG
ABOUT ANDY WILLIAMS:
Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (born December 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa) is an American pop singer.
Williams first performed in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. Williams and his three older brothers Dick, Don, and Bob, formed a quartet, the Williams Brothers, in the late 1930s, and they performed on radio in the Midwest, first at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati. Williams graduated from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.
Williams's solo career began in 1952 after his brothers left the act. He recorded six sides for RCA Victor's label "X," but none of them were popular hits.
After finally landing a spot as a regular on Steve Allen's Tonight Show in 1955, he was signed to a recording contract with Cadence Records, a small label in New York run by conductor Archie Bleyer. His third single, "Canadian Sunset" (1956) hit the Top Ten, and was soon followed by his only Billboard #1 hit, "Butterfly" (a cover of a Charlie Gracie record on which Williams imitated Elvis Presley). More hits followed, including "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" (U.
In 1964, Williams ultimately became the owner of the Cadence master tapes, which he did occasionally license to Columbia, including not only his own recordings, but those of his fellow Cadence-era labelmates, The Everly Brothers, Lenny Welch, The Chordettes, and Johnny Tillotson.
Also in 1970, Barnaby signed and released the first album by an unknown singer-songwriter named Jimmy Buffett ("Jimmy Buffett Down to Earth") produced by Travis Turk. Columbia initially was the distributor for Barnaby, but later distribution was handled first by MGM Records and then GRT.
During the 1960s, Williams became one of the most popular vocalists in the country and was signed to what was at that time the biggest recording contract in history. He was primarily an album artist, and at one time he had earned more gold albums than any solo performer except Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley. By 1973 he had earned as many as 18 gold album awards. Among his hit albums from this period were Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses (number one for 16 weeks in mid-1963), The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Dear Heart, The Shadow of Your Smile, Love, Andy, Get Together with Andy Williams, and Love Story.
Williams forged an indirect collaborative relationship with Henry Mancini, although they never recorded together. Williams was asked to sing Mancini and Johnny Mercer's song "Moon River" at the 1962 Oscar Awards (where it won), and it quickly became Williams's theme song.
On August 5, 1966, the 14-story, 700 room Caesars Palace casino and nightclub opened in Las Vegas, Nevada with the stage production of "Rome Swings", in which Williams starred. He performed live to a sold out crowd in the Circus Maximus showroom. He headlined for Caesars for the next twenty years.
In 1968, Columbia released a 45-rpm record of two songs Williams sang at the funeral of Robert F. Kennedy, a close friend: "Ave Maria" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". These were never released on a long-playing record.
Williams also competed in the teenage-oriented singles market as well and had several charting hits including "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Happy Heart", and "Where Do I Begin", the theme song from the 1970 blockbuster film, Love Story. In addition Williams hit the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart with, "Almost There" (1965), "Can't Help Falling In Love" (1970), "Home Lovin' Man" (1970) and "Solitaire" (1973).
Both Williams and Petula Clark recorded "Happy Heart" at the same time, just prior to his guest appearance on her second NBC-TV special. Unaware that she, too, was releasing the song as a single, he asked to perform it on the show. The exposure ultimately led to his having the bigger hit with the tune. The song "Happy Heart" is played during the final scene, and throughout the end credits, of the Danny Boyle film Shallow Grave .
Building on his experience with Allen and some short-term variety shows in the 1950s, he became the star of his own weekly television variety show in 1962. This series, The Andy Williams Show, won three Emmy Awards for outstanding variety program. Among his series regulars were the Osmond Brothers. He gave up the variety show in 1971 while it was still popular and retrenched to three specials per year. His Christmas specials, which appeared regularly until 1974 and intermittently from 1982 into the 1990s, were among the most popular of the genre. Williams has recorded eight Christmas albums over the years and has been penned as Mr. Christmas.
Andy hosted the most Grammy telecasts, from the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971 through the 19th Annual Grammy Awards in 1977, totaling seven consecutive shows.
In the early 1970s, when the Nixon Administration attempted to deport John Lennon, Andy Williams was an outspoken defender of the Beatle's right to stay in the United States.
A caricature of Andy Williams is included in the montage of caricatures displayed on the cover of Ringo Starr's 1973 album, "Ringo".
Williams also sang the national anthem at Super Bowl VII in 1973 with Little Angels of Holy Angels Church in Chicago, Illinois
National Tour Success
His 1967 recording of "Music to Watch Girls By" became a huge surprise UK hit to a new young TV audience, in 1999, when it reached #9 after featuring in new TV ads for the Fiat Punto, (beating the original peak of #33 in 1967).
In 2002 he sang "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" with British actress and singer Denise van Outen. Nearly everything Williams ever recorded has now been made available on CD through a series of compilations from 1997 to 2006.
He completed a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom and Asia in the winter and summer of 2007, in which he performed at several major concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, singing among other classics, Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately".
Andy returned to the UK singles charts with his 1963 recording of "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" in December 2007 thanks to an advert for Marks And Spencer, reaching number 21 in its first appearance in the British charts, also reaching #108 on the EU Top 200.
Williams met French-born Claudine Longet when he pulled over to aid her on a Las Vegas road. She was a dancer at the time at the Folies Bergère. They married on December 15, 1961. The union produced three children, Noelle, Christian, and Robert within the next eight years.
Williams was close friends with Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, campaigning for Kennedy '68 for President. Williams was present at the Ambassador Hotel when RFK was assassinated in June 1968. Williams personally solemnly sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at RFK's funeral, by request of widow Ethel. By August 1969, over a year after Bobby Kennedy's death, Andy and Claudine named their newborn son 'Bobby' Williams. The Williams' friendship with Ethel Kennedy has endured, with Andy even serving as escort to Ethel, during events in the 1970s.
In 1975, Williams and Longet divorced. Yet, in 1976, when Longet was charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, Williams stepped up for the mother of his children, and emotionally supported her, along with providing legal assistance. Longet claimed the shooting was accidental, and eventually received 30 days in jail. Shortly after, Longet ran away to Mexico with her defense attorney Ron Austin, whom she married a decade later. They have remained married since June 1985.
Andy Williams married a second time (May 3, 1991), to the former Debbie Meyer, whom he met through a mutual friend. They make their homes at Branson, Missouri and La Quinta, California. Williams' homes have been featured in Architectural Digest, and he is a noted collector of modern art. Williams is an avid golfer.
Williams' birthplace is a tourist attraction open most of the year.
Moon River Theatre
In June 1991, Andy's brother Don invited him to the small Ozark town of Branson, Missouri. Don at the time was the manager for entertainer Ray Stevens, who had just opened a theatre in Branson. While attending Ray's show, Andy was encouraged by numerous Branson guests to open a venue in the town. This led Andy to build his own theater in Branson starting in August of 1991, eventually opening on May 1, 1992 as the Moon River Theatre. The name came from a song he made famous from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. It went on to become the first theater ever to be featured in Architectural Digest, and also won the 1992 Conservation Award from the State of Missouri.
The theater was designed to blend into the rough terrain of the Ozark Mountains. Reportedly when Andy was on his way to Big Cedar Lodge one day, he had noticed some rough rock outcroppings and said, "What about these? This could be the entrance." He had originally planned a marble style theater reminiscence of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, but soon had a change of mind. The Larson Company of Tucson, Arizona fabricated a section of rock on Missouri's highway 65 and the theater was soon engulfed with waterfalls, koi filled ponds, ferns and trees native to the Ozarks. The inside of the theater incorporates the outside. Trees and plants are seen throughout the theater's three lobbies. Oak floors are accompanied by African ribbon striped mahogany walls that are filled with pictures of the Andy Williams Television Show.
The theater's auditorium can accommodate 2,054 people. The seating is stadium style seating for the best view. The seats and carpets match Andy's Navaho rug collection and are forest green, magenta, gold and blue. On display inside the auditorium are nineteen Japanese Kimonos. The stage has accommodated numerous shows and guest celebrities. On stage Andy has been joined by Glen Campbell, Ann-Margret, Petula Clark and Charo. The theater has also played host to Phyllis Diller, Pat Boone, The Osmond Family, Robert Goulet, Rich Little, Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop, David Copperfield, Pat Benatar and Broadway on Ice starring Nancy Kerrigan, Tara Lipinski and Rudy Galindo.
When it first opened, Andy's act was unique because it was the first non-country act to open in the then-mostly-country music town. It was said he was discouraged by many back home in California from making such a bold move, but that was what he wanted. Other non-country entertainers like Bobby Vinton, Tony Orlando, Wayne Newton and the Osmond Brothers soon followed.
Andy and his theater were featured on three episodes of the soap opera As the World Turns in July 2007. The Simpsons featured Andy at his Moon River Theatre in an episode titled "Bart on the Road." Nelson Muntz is an Andy Williams fan, and in the episode he forces the gang to make a detour to Branson so he could see his idol.
In the spring of 2007 Andy opened the Moon River Grill adjacent to his theater in Branson. The restaurant is decorated in photos from the Andy Williams Television Show with stars including Elton John, Sammy Davis Jr. and Diana Ross. Art is center stage in the restaurant, with works by several artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana.
I WANTED TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS FOR TISH AND LYNN FOR INVITED US TO WATCH "SIX" AND THE WONDERFUL COMPANY. I HAD A GOOD EVENING AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU BOTH. THE SHOW WAS INCREDIBLE. I HOPE TO SEE YOU BOTH SOON AND PERHAPS THE A'DAM MEETUP IN NYE. DO NOT WORRY TISH I WILL VOUCH FOR YOU :D
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