Andy Williams Show, The


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The Andy Williams Show was a TV variety series hosted by Andy Williams which ran from 1959 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with the series Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens). From 1959-1962 the program served as a summer replacement, but was picked up by NBC in 1962 as a recurring series through 1967. It was brought back again from 1969-1971, re-branded with a hipper, rock and roll format relative to its earlier classic crooner style The program also returned in syndication for a brief period in the Fall of 1976.

Along with the musical segment, the series had many comic sketches including The Flying Silverman Brothers, a giant snide talking bee, a suitcase that would walk. One recurring comedy sketch involved Williams' encounters with Cookie Bear, a tall bear who would beg for a cookie and frustrate Williams, to the point where Williams would shout:  "Not Now... Not Ever... NEVER!!" Williams is also credited with discovering the Osmond Brothers, who made a very successful debut performance on his show.

Highlights
Sam Denoff on writing for Andy Williams
Bob Finkel on The Andy Williams Show
Who talked about this show

Allan Blye

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Allan Blye on writing for The Andy Williams Show
Allan Blye on doing the voice of "Cookie Bear" on The Andy Williams Show, and on Andy Williams' Christmas specials
Allan Blye on working with Andy Williams, and on his strengths as a performer

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on joking with Phil Harris on The Andy Williams Show

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on writing for Andy Williams
Sam Denoff on meeting the Osmond family and writing for The Andy Williams Show when Jonathan Winters was a guest

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Andy Williams Show

Bob Finkel

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Bob Finkel on The Andy Williams Show
Bob Finkel on Tony Bennett appearing on The Andy Williams Show
Bob Finkel on The Andy Williams Show
Bob Finkel on leaving The Andy Williams Show

Don Knotts

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Don Knotts on how he came to guest on The Andy Williams Show

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on writing for The Andy Williams Show

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on writing for various shows including The Andy Williams Show and balancing doing sound effects with writing

Marty Pasetta

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Marty Pasetta on directing The Andy Williams Show and Switched-On-Symphony

Bill Persky

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Bill Persky on writing for The Andy Williams Show and on comedy writers

Mike Post

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Mike Post on his entry into television via The Andy Williams Show
Mike Post on working with his hero, Ray Charles, on conducting The Andy Williams Show  and how he came to pre-record the music for the show
Mike Post on his two seasons conducting the orchestra on The Andy Williams Show
Mike Post on what he learned working with various musical guests on The Andy Williams Show

Gary Smith

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Gary Smith on doing scenic design for The Andy Williams Show
Gary Smith on the white sets of The Andy Williams Show and on producing Baryshnikov on Broadway and The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots
Gary Smith on working with Andy Williams on The Andy Williams Show

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on representing The Andy Williams show while at Benton & Bowles

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on doing wardrobe for The Andy Williams Show
Ret Turner on doing wardrobe for The Andy Williams Show

Andy Williams

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Andy Williams on the genesis of The Andy Williams Show
Andy Williams on "Moon River" - his show's theme song
Andy Williams on the origin of "Cookie Bear: on The Andy Williams Show
Andy Williams on the discovery of The Osmonds and their guest appearances on his shows

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on working with Andy Williams on The Andy Williams Show

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on producing The Andy Williams Show

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